Crosby's three goals in sec­ond rally Pen­guins past Sabres

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sid­ney Crosby scored three goals in slightly more than eight min­utes of the sec­ond pe­riod as the Pittsburgh Pen­guins quickly turned a two-goal deficit into a two-goal lead, then held on to beat the Buf­falo Sabres 5-4 on Mon­day night.

Crosby tied Pa­trick Mar­leau of idle San Jose for the NHL goals lead with 37 by fol­low­ing up his game-al­ter­ing per­for­mance dur­ing the Pen­guins’ 2-1 shootout win Sun­day against Detroit with an even bet­ter one. Crosby’s hat trick was his third of the sea­son and fifth of his ca­reer, and the Pen­guins pressed un­suc­cess­fully to try to get him a fourth goal in the fi­nal pe­riod.

Af­ter pro­tect­ing a two-goal lead for much of the pe­riod, the Pen­guins were hold­ing on at the end. Ja­son Pom­inville scored on a power play with three min­utes re­main­ing, and the Pen­guins were forced to kill off Brooks Or­pik’s hold­ing penalty with 2:04 re­main­ing as goalie Marc-An­dre Fleury made sev­eral ex­cel­lent saves in the clos­ing sec­onds.

Crosby, who scored in reg­u­la­tion and in the shootout on Sun­day, gave Buf­falo goalie Ryan Miller a pre-Olympics re­minder of how he is ca­pa­ble of tak­ing over a game. Miller could be in net for the United States when it plays Crosby-led Canada on Feb. 21 in Van­cou­ver, and Crosby al­ready knows he can beat him in a va­ri­ety of ways.

Crosby got the Pen­guins to within 32 on a power play at 10:53 of the sec­ond, al­most fan­ning on a shot off Alex Goligoski’s pass from cen­tre point but still get­ting enough on it to get it past Miller. He had made a com­bined 69 saves while winning his pre­vi­ous two starts.

Miller’s frus­tra­tion showed, too, when he yanked Crosby’s skates out from un­der­neath him as a play was end­ing less than two min­utes into the third pe­riod.

Ducks 3, Pan­thers 0

At Sun­rise, Fla., Jonas Hiller made 33 saves to earn in his sec­ond shutout of the sea­son and Ana­heim beat Florida.

Ryan Get­zlaf, Teemu Se­lanne and Corey Perry each scored for the Ducks, who wrapped up a six-game road trip and snapped Florida’s fiveg­ame winning streak at home.

Hiller’s other shutout this sea­son came on Nov. 5 in a 4-0 Ana­heim win over the Nashville Preda­tors. Hiller, who has six NHL shutouts, was com­ing off a 30-save ef­fort in the Ducks’ 2-1 shootout victory over the Tampa Bay Light­ning on Fri­day night.

Florida’s To­mas Vok­oun stopped 22 shots.

Hiller was per­fect in his first game since sign­ing a four-year con­tract ex­ten­sion on Satur­day, that will keep Switzer­land’s Olympic goalie off the free-agent mar­ket this sum­mer.

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