Crosby hits 1,000 as Penguins edge Jets

The Associated Press
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) gets the game-winning goal behind Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck (37) with Mark Scheifele (55) defending in overtime of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. The Penguins won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby completed his march to 1,000 career points in typically unselfish fashion. The Pittsburgh star wasted little time before starting his quest for the next thousand.

The Penguins captain fed Chris Kunitz for a first-period goal against Winnipeg on Thursday to become the 86th player in NHL history to reach the 1,000-point plateau, added an assist on Phil Kessel's game-tying goal in the third, then put the winner past Connor Hellebuyck with 21 seconds left in overtime as his side escaped with a 4-3 victory.

Crosby finished with three points to push his total 1,002. Evgeni Malkin also scored for Pittsburgh, while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 44 shots for the Penguins, who improved to 6-0-2 since the All-Star break.

Patrik Laine scored his 27th for Winnipeg. Paul Postma collected his first and Dustin Byfuglien his eighth for the Jets. Hellebuyck made 35 saves, but couldn't get a handle on Crosby's 31st of the season and 369th goal of his career.


NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Ladd scored twice to lead the New York Islanders over their crosstown rivals.

Anders Lee and Nikolay Kulemin also scored, and Thomas Greiss stopped 25 shots to help the Islanders improve to 8-0-2 in their last 10 at home. John Tavares had two assists for his 12th multipoint game of the season.

The Islanders, who swept the four games between the teams a year ago, beat the Rangers for the second time in three meetings this season.

Nick Holden and Jimmy Vesey scored for the Rangers, whose season-high six-game winning streak was snapped. Henrik Lundqvist finished with 19 saves.


ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) — Darcy Kuemper stopped 34 shots while Erik Haula had a goal and an assist as the Minnesota Wild beat the Dallas Stars.

Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon also scored for the Western Conference leaders. Minnesota hasn't lost consecutive games in more than two months and extended its point streak against the Stars to seven games.

Cody Eakin scored his second goal this season and Kari Lehtonen had 23 saves for the Stars, who have lost seven of eight.


EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists to regain the NHL scoring lead and help Edmonton beat Philadelphia.

Matt Hendricks, Leon Draisaitl, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Oscar Klefbom also scored for the Oilers, who have won two straight and three of four. Edmonton moved into a tie with Anaheim for second place in the Pacific Division.

Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby had taken over the scoring lead for a brief moment earlier in the night with his own three-point performance. McDavid finished the night with 66 points to Crosby's 64.

Radko Gudas, Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn scored for the Flyers, who have lost two in a row and four of their last five games.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen scored third-period power-play goals to lift streaking St. Louis over Vancouver.

Magnus Paajarvi and Jori Lehtera also scored, and Kevin Shattenkirk had three assists for the Blues, who won their sixth straight game. Jake Allen made 18 saves.

St. Louis improved to 7-1 since Mike Yeo took over as coach, which is the best start for a coach in Blues history.

Bo Horvat, Henrik Sedin and Brandon Sutter scored for the Canucks, who dropped their third game out of their last four. Jacob Markstrom made 17 saves.


NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) — Mike Condon made 21 saves in recording his fifth shutout of the season and Dion Phaneuf scored on a power play as Ottawa beat New Jersey.

Erik Karlsson scored on a point shot that crawled into the net and Kyle Turris shot into an empty net in the final four minutes to give the Senators their third win in four games.

Cory Schneider stopped 32 shots, but the Devils lost for the second time in regulation (4-2-1) in their last seven games.


BUFFALO, New York (AP) — Sam Reinhart and Evander Kane scored and Robin Lehner made 23 saves as Buffalo beat Colorado.

The Sabres moved within three points of Toronto for the final Eastern Conference wild-card spot. They have won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game winning streak from Jan. 20-24.

Lehner got his fifth career shutout and second of the season.

The Avalanche lacked energy in the fourth of a season-long five-game road trip. Colorado has lost five in a row and 11 straight on the road. This was the Avalanche's ninth shutout loss.

Calvin Pickard made 30 saves.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brendan Perlini scored twice, Jordan Martinook added short-handed and empty-net goals in the third period and Mike Smith made 41 saves to lift the Arizona Coyotes over the Los Angeles Kings.

Tobias Rieder scored his 13th goal of the season and Oliver Ekman-Larsson picked up a point for the fifth consecutive game with his sixth assist in that span, helping the Coyotes to their fourth win in their last six games.

Tanner Pearson scored twice and Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist in the third period for the Kings, who trail Calgary by one point for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.