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Penguins pummel Rangers

Pittsburgh’s Crosby scores league-high 22nd goal in win.

- BY WILL GRAVES

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby picked up his NHL leading 22nd goal, Evgeni Malkin added a goal and two assists and the Pittsburgh Penguins toppled the New York Rangers, 7-2, on Tuesday night to move into a tie with the Rangers atop the crowded Metropolit­an Division.

Bryan Rust, Phil Kessel, Justin Schultz, Patric Hornqvist and Nick Bonino also scored for the Penguins, who improved to 8-0-2 in December. Matt Murray made 26 saves and is unbeaten in regulation in his last 13 home starts as the Penguins cruised despite missing injured defensemen Kris Letang and Trevor Daley.

Islanders 4, Bruins 2 At Boston, Thomas Greiss stopped 48 shots, Anders Lee scored twice and had an assist, and New York beat the Bruins to snap a five-game winless streak.

Thomas Hickey and Nikolay Kulemin also scored for the Islanders in their first win since beating St. Louis on Dec. 8. New York was outscored, 24-12, while going 0-4-1 in the five games since.

Blue Jackets 3, Kings 2, SO At Columbus, Ohio, Cam Atkinson had two goals and scored in the shootout, helping the Blue Jackets beat Los Angeles for their franchiser­ecord 10th straight victory.

Predators 5, Devils 1 At Newark, N.J., James Neal scored twice in the first period, Juuse Saros stopped 27 shots and Nashville beat New Jersey.

Lightning 4, Red Wings 1 At Tampa, Fla., Andrei Vasilevski­y made 22 saves in relief of Ben Bishop as the Lightning beat Detroit in a game where both starting goalies left due to injuries.

Panthers 4, Sabres 3, SO At Sunrise, Fla., Jaromir Jagr had three assists to pull into a tie for second place on the NHL’s career points list, Aleksander Barkov and Vincent Trocheck scored in the shootout, and Florida beat Buffalo.

Jagr pulled even with Mark Messier with 1,887 points, trailing only Wayne Gretzky (2,857).

Wild 2, Avalanche 0 St. Paul, Minn., Devan Dubnyk made 18 saves for his NHL-leading fifth shutout this season and Minnesota beat Colorado for its eighth straight victory.

Charlie Coyle scored his team-leading 11th goal and Mikko Koivu added his eighth for the Wild.

Canadiens 5, Ducks 1 At Montreal, Jeff Petry had a goal and two assists and the Canadiens downed Anaheim.

Paul Byron had a goal and a helper while Tomas Plekanec, Max Pacioretty and Chris Terry also scored for Montreal.

Senators 4, Blackhawks 3 At Chicago, Derick Brassard and Tom Pyatt scored 10 seconds apart during Ottawa’s three-goal second period, and the Senators beat the Blackhawks for their third consecutiv­e victory.

Blues 3, Stars 2, OT At Dallas, David Perron put in a wraparound goal at 1:55 of overtime, lifting St. Louis to a victory over the Stars.

On a delayed penalty, Perron picked up a loose puck to the left of the net, skated behind it and scored from the right side before Dallas goalie Antti Niemi could recover.

Canucks 4, Jets 1 At Vancouver, British Columbia, Jannik Hansen scored twice and Bo Horvat got his 10th goal of the season, helping the Canucks beat Winnipeg.

Horvat scored an emptynette­r after Sven Baertschi got a goal in the third period for Vancouver, and Jacob Markstrom had 31 saves. Henrik Sedin added two assists.

Sharks 4, Flames 1 At San Jose, Calif., Joonas Donskoi scored twice and the Sharks beat Calgary for their fifth win in six games.

Patrick Marleau and Paul Martin also scored for the Sharks, who are 7-2 at home since dropping two in a row in early November.

 ?? FRED VUICH / ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz, left, and New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal mix it up in front of the net during the first period Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
FRED VUICH / ASSOCIATED PRESS Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz, left, and New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal mix it up in front of the net during the first period Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

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