Crosby lifts Pittsburgh to outdoor win, keeps Philadelphia cold
Sidney Crosby scored his NHLleading 34th goal, Matt Murray made 35 saves, and the Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, at blustery Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Saturday night.
Matt Cullen, Nick Bonino and Chad Ruhwedel also scored for Pittsburgh, which thrilled the capacity crowd at the home of the NFL’s Steelers by capitalizing on some shaky goaltending by Michal Neuvirth. Jake Guentzel picked up two assists, and the Penguins drew within five points of Metropolitan Division-leading Washington.
Jakub Voracek and Shayne Gostisbehere scored for Philadelphia, but Neuvirth stopped just 25 of 29 shots as the Flyers dropped to 0-3 in outdoor games. Even worse, Philadelphia failed to pick up any ground as it tries to stay within shouting distance of one of the two wild-card spots in the Eastern Conference.
BLUE JACKETS 7, ISLANDERS 0: Josh Anderson and Nick Foligno each scored twice, sending host Columbus to a romp against New York.
The high-energy Blue Jackets didn’t show any rust in their first game back following their fiveday break, unlike many teams that have struggled coming out of the bye week this season. Columbus scored three times in the first period, chasing New York goalie Thomas Greiss.
The Islanders had won three straight.
RANGERS 4, DEVILS 3 (OT): Mika Zibanejad scored 1:16 into overtime, and New York rallied to beat New Jersey in Newark.
Chris Kreider, Oscar Lindberg and Adam Clendening also scored for the Rangers. Antti Raanta had 36 saves, including a stop on a breakaway by Kyle Palmieri just before Zibanejad scored for the first time in 16 games.
KINGS 4, DUCKS 1: Jonathan Quick made 32 saves in his return from a groin injury and Tyler Toffoli scored two of Los Angeles’ four third-period goals in a victory over visiting Anaheim.
Quick missed 59 games after injuring the groin in the first period of the season opener Oct. 12 against San Jose.
Dustin Brown added his 10th goal of the season and Jeff Carter scored an empty-net goal, securing a much-needed two points for the Kings.
Andrew Cogliano scored for Anaheim.
CANADIENS 3, MAPLE l LEAFS 2 (OT): Andrew Shaw scored 1:06 into overtime, giving visiting Montreal its 14th straight win against Toronto.
The Canadiens had lost eight of their previous 10 games overall as their lead atop the Atlantic Division continued to shrink.
Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk both scored in the second period for Montreal. Carey Price made 32 saves.
Rookie Auston Matthews scored both goals for the Maple Leafs and has 30 this season.
Vermette’s ban upheld
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman upheld the 10-game suspension assessed to Ducks center Antoine Vermette for slashing a linesman.
Vermette slapped his stick against the back of linesman Shandor Alphonso’s legs after losing a faceoff to Minnesota’s Mikko Koivu during the third period of the Ducks’ 1-0 win on Feb. 14.
CANUCKS: Mumps-stricken Vancouver recalled four players from Utica of the American Hockey League.
The Canucks have been hit with the illness, and at least five players were going to have to miss Saturday’s late game against the San Jose Sharks.
Troy Stecher has the only confirmed case. Fellow defensemen Chris Tanev and Nikita Tryamkin and forwards Mike Chaput and Markus Granlund have shown symptoms of the highly contagious virus.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scored his NHL-best 34th goal in a win outdoors against the Flyers.