Sidney Crosby's injury can't slow Penguins

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Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosbys helped by referee Ian Walsh after being hit in the face with a puck Saturday. Crosby lost several teeth and required oral surgery.  Gene J. Puskar
Gene J. Puskar
Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosbys helped by referee Ian Walsh after being hit in the face with a puck Saturday. Crosby lost several teeth and required oral surgery.

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins overcame a bloody injury to Sidney Crosby on Saturday for their 15th consecutive victory, beating the New York Islanders 2-0 in Jarome Iginla’s debut behind third-period goals from Matt Cooke and James Neal.

Tomas Vokoun made 35 saves as Pittsburgh moved within two wins of the NHL record of 17 victories in a row set by Mario Lemieux and the 1992-93 Penguins.

Crosby lost several teeth and required oral surgery after a slap shot by teammate Brooks Orpik deflected off a stick and hit the NHL scoring leader in the face. Crosby, who immediately fell to the ice and tossed his stick in the air, did not return.

FLYERS 3, BRUINS 1

In Philadelphia, Mike Knuble and Matt Read scored, Ilya Bryzgalov made 33 saves and Philadelphia snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Boston.

Ruslan Fedotenko added an empty-net goal for the Flyers, who began the day 14th in the Eastern Conference but only six points out of the eighth and final playoff spot. Boston, meanwhile, entered with the third-most points in the conference (46).

MAPLE LEAFS 4, SENATORS 0

In Ottawa, Nazem Kadri had a hat trick and James Reimer made 31 saves and Toronto dropped the Maple Leafs.

Joffrey Lupul also scored and added three assists for the Leafs.

CANADIENS 3, RANGERS 0

In Montreal,Michael Ryder and Tomas Plekanec scored in the first period and Carey Price made 34 saves and the Canadiens rolled.

Brendan Gallagher also scored while P.K. Subban had three assists for the Canadiens, who swept their three games with New York this season, outscoring the Rangers 9-1.

AVALANCHE 1,

PREDATORS 0 (OT)

In Denver, Tyson Barrie scored at 50 seconds of overtime and Colorado beat Nashville.

Semyon Varlamov stopped 34 shots for his third shutout of the season and the 11th of his career.

CAPITALS 4, SABRES 3

In Buffalo, N.Y., Alex Ovechkin scored once in regulation and again in a shootout to help Washington rally for a win over the Sabres.

HURRICANES 3, JETS 1

In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Justin Peters made 34 saves to help Carolina keep its playoff hopes alive with a victory over Southeast Division-leading Winnipeg.

PANTHERS 3, DEVILS 2 (OT)

In Sunrise, Fla., Dmitry Kulikov scored at 1:43 of overtime and Florida beat New Jersey.

Kulikov’s shot from the right circle beat Martin Brodeur on the far side and was his first goal of the season.


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