Crosby's late goal lifts Penguins over Islanders

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PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby scored with 1:16 remaining to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night.

Sidney Crosby (rear) celebrates his game-winning goal during the third period with Chris Kunitz (right) and Pascal Dupuis.   GENE J. PUSKAR)/ASSOCIATED PRESS
GENE J. PUSKAR)/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Sidney Crosby (rear) celebrates his game-winning goal during the third period with Chris Kunitz (right) and Pascal Dupuis.

Crosby’s 12th goal of the season was also the 250th of his career, and the Penguins’ captain also had an assist. Chris Kunitz had two goals and an assist, Evgeni Malkin had a goal and two assists, and James Neal added two assists. Malkin’s goal ending his career-high 15-game scoring drought.

Jeff Zatkoff, playing for the first time since Nov. 2, stopped 32 shots in his fourth NHL start.

Thomas Vanek scored twice for the Islanders in his first game after missing five with an upper-body injury.

Vanek has three goals and two assists with New York since being acquired from Buffalo in October, and seven goals and seven assists in 20 games overall this season. Colin McDonald also got his second of the season for the Islanders.

Kevin Poulin made 30 saves for the Islanders. He started his sixth straight game in place of injured starter Evgeni Nabokov, who is out with a groin injury.

COURTS: Prosecutors filed a misdemeanor assault charge Friday against Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov after his girlfriend said he attacked her in October.

Varlamov, 25, faces one count of third-degree assault. His attorney, Saskia Jordan, of Denver, did not immediately return a call for comment Friday.

His agent, Paul Theofanous, has said the player is innocent.

Varlamov’s girlfriend, Evgeniya Vavrinyuk, told investigators he attacked her on Oct. 30 in her apartment. She said he knocked her down with a kick and stomped on her chest, according to an arrest affidavit.


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