Crosby lifts Pitts­burgh to out­door win, keeps Philadel­phia cold

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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.

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