Sheary pots winner as Pens stop Sabres
Sidney Crosby ended a long goal drought and assisted on Conor Sheary’s gamewinner 16 seconds into overtime as the Penguins defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 5-4, last night in Pittsburgh.
Crosby scored his sixth of the season, Sheary had a pair of goals and Patric Hornqvist added one for Pittsburgh. Phil Kessel got his eighth of the season and has goals in four straight games. Kessel, the team’s leading scorer, has at least one point in five straight games and 16of-20 games this season.
Matt Murray made 28 saves for the Penguins, who won their sixth in a row at home. Pittsburgh is 12-0-1 in its past 13 games against the Sabres, including seven consecutive wins at home.
Buffalo’s Jack Eichel also ended a scoring drought with his fifth goal of the season. Sam Reinhart, Benoit Pouliot and Evander Kane also scored.
Robin Lehner made 40 saves for the Sabres, who lost for the sixth time in eight games and haven’t won in Pittsburgh since April 2, 2013.
Crosby avoided matching the longest goal drought of his career at 12 when he scored on the power play. He had just three assists since scoring four goals in three games last month.
Blue Jackets 2, Canadiens 1 — Zach Werenski scored 1:09 into overtime, lifting visiting Columbus past Montreal.
Josh Anderson had a goal 2:29 into the game for Columbus, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves, allowing only a goal to Paul Byron in the third period.
Charlie Lindgren, making his fifth consecutive start for Montreal, stopped 23 shots.
Wild 3, Flyers 0 — In St. Paul, Minn., Devan Dubnyk posted his third straight shutout with 30 saves and Nino Niederreiter scored 12 seconds into the game as Minnesota defeated Philadelphia.
Dubnyk’s third shutout of the season stretched his scoreless streak to 195:05, the longest streak in team history.
Eric Staal and Jason Zucker each scored an empty-net goal for Minnesota, which has won a season-best three straight.
The Flyers were shut out for an NHL-high fifth time this season.
Predators 6, Capitals 3 — Mattias Ekholm and Kevin Fiala each had a goal and an assist to lead streaking Nashville past visiting Washington for its fifth straight victory.
Craig Smith, Nick Bonino, Filip Forsberg and Miikka Salomaki also scored for Nashville. Pekka Rinne made 26 saves.
T.J. Oshie scored twice and Alex Chiasson also had a goal for Washington, which had won two consecutive games.
Panthers 4, Stars 3 — In Sunrise, Fla., Jonathan Huberdeau had two powerplay goals and Vincent Trocheck scored the winner in a shootout to lift Florida over Dallas.
Aleksander Barkov scored in regulation and the shootout for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo stopped 40 shots.
Jamie Benn had two goals for Dallas, and Remi Elie also scored. Kari Lehtonen made 26 saves in his first start in four games.
Jets 4, Coyotes 1 — Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves and host Winnipeg Jets beat Arizona for the second time in four days.
The Coyotes traded goaltender Louis Domingue to Tampa Bay for forward Tye McGinn and goalie Michael Leighton.
Oilers 8, Golden Knights 2 — Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Connor McDavid each had two goals for host Edmonton in its victory against Vegas.
The Oilers also acquired Mike Cammalleri from the Los Angeles Kings for Jussi Jokinen. Cammalleri, 35, had three goals and four assists in 15 games. The 34-year-old Jokinen has one assist in 14 games with Edmonton this season.
Canucks 3, Kings 2 — Sven Baertschi’s power-play goal in the third period capped visiting Vancouver’s comeback from a two-goal deficit to beat Los Angeles.
Tanner Pearson and Anze Kopitar gave the Kings a 2-0 lead after one, but Vancouver got second-period goals from Henrik Sedin and Bo Horvat to pull even.
CENTER OF ATTENTION: Conor Sheary (43) celebrates with Sidney Crosby after his overtime goal gave the Penguins a 5-4 victory against Jack Eichel and the Sabres.