Crosby lifts Penguins over Devils

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PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby scored in his second consecutive game and added an assist to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Sunday night.

Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby (center) works the puck during Sunday's game against New Jersey. He scored a goal for the second game in a row and had an assist.  GENE J. PUSKAR/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby (center) works the puck during Sunday's game against New Jersey. He scored a goal for the second game in a row and had an assist.

Crosby, who snapped out of a career-long 12-game goal drought Saturday, gave the Penguins some breathing room with a wrist shot by goalie Martin Brodeur early in the third period. It was Crosby’s first goal at home since scoring twice in his season debut against the New York Islanders on Nov. 21.


In Anaheim, Calif., Marty Turco won for the first time in the NHL in more than 13 months with the help of a disallowed goal that would have tied it, and Boston got second-period goals from Zdeno Chara and Benoit Pouliot less than 1½minutes apart to beat Anaheim.

Anaheim’s Matt Beleskey beat Turco to the stick side with a wrist shot just inside the left post at 7:22 of the third period, but teammate Andrew Cogliano had both feet in the crease and was pressed up against Turco when the puck went in. NHL officials in Toronto examined replays and ruled no goal.


In Washington, Alex Ovechkin scored his ninth goal in seven games, and Washington pulled back into the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Jason Chimera and Mathieu Perrault also scored, and Braden Holtby made 28 saves in his fourth start of the season as the Capitals broke a two-game skid to move back into a tie on points with the Buffalo Sabres, with Washington holding the tiebreaker. The Capitals and Sabres, both with just six games remaining in the regular season, meet in Washington on Tuesday.


In Sunrise, Fla., Frans Nielsen scored the only goal to lift New York.

Kyle Okposo and Matt Moulson scored in regulation, and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 33 shots.


In Chicago, Pekka Rinne made 24 saves and Nashville ended Chicago winning streak at five games.

Matt Halischuk, Andrei Kostitsyn, Patric Hornqvist, Francis Bouillon, Shea Weber and Mike Fisher scored for the Predators, who matched their season high with the six goals.


In Columbus, Ohio, Ryan Jones had a goal and two assists, Chris VandeVelde scored his first NHL goal and Edmonton beat Columbus in a matchup of the league’s two worst teams.

The Oilers (69) and Blue Jackets (55) came in with 124 points combined, while the New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues have 101 apiece all by themselves.

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