Crosby’s four points leads Penguins past Maple Leafs, 5-2

PITTSBURGH – Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Bryan Rust had a goal and two assists, and Jason Zucker, Teddy Blueger and Anthony Angello also scored as Pittsburgh moved past Washington into first place in the Metropolitan Division. Tristan Jarry stopped 34 shots while picking up his 13th win in his last 17 games.

Auston Matthews scored his 43rd goal for the Maple Leafs and Kyle Clifford scored his seventh of the season and first since he was acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings.

Frederik Andersen stopped 19 shots for Toronto, and has allowed 13 goals in his last three starts.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ivan Barbashev scored twice and St. Louis snapped a season-worst five-game losing streak.

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Jaden Schwartz also scored and Jordan Binnington made 17 saves for his seventh career shutout and second this season as the defending Stanley Cup champions and Western Conference leaders won for the first time since Feb. 4.

Louis Domingue made 36 saves for the Devils, who were shut out for the seventh time this season.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Travis Konecny had a goal and two assists, and Philadelphia beat Columbus.

Kevin Hayes, Sean Couturier, Philippe Myers and Jakub Voracek also scored for the Flyers (33-20-7, 73 points), who moved a point ahead of Columbus (30-19-12, 72 points) and into third place in the Metropolitan Division with the win.

Oliver Bjorkstrand scored for the Blue Jackets, who lost their sixth straight. Philadelphia won despite setting a season low with 15 shots on goal. The Flyers’ Carter Hart stopped 28 of 29 shots.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Andrei Svechnikov and Nino Niederreiter each scored in the second period, and Jordan Staal and Sebastian Aho also scored.

Justin Williams had two assists as Carolina won its fourth straight in Nashville. Goalie Petr Mrazek made 28 saves and improved to 9-1-0 against the Predators.

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Ryan Johansen scored a goal for the Predators, who snapped a three-game winning streak. Nashville hasn’t won four straight since October.


WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Blake Wheeler had two goals and an assist in his 700th game with the franchise and Winnipeg beat Los Angeles.

Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and two assists and Patrik Laine scored a goal into an empty net and added one assist. Jansen Harkins and Mason Appleton also scored, and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 31 shots.

Dustin Brown scored twice and Martin Frk also had a goal for the Kings, who were coming off two straight wins. Calvin Petersen finished with 28 saves.


DETROIT (AP) — Andreas Athanasiou scored his second goal with 5:15 remaining in regulation to cap Detroit’s three-goal third period.

Detroit swept the season series against the Canadiens, earning four of its NHL-low 15 victories against them. Red Wings goaltender Jonathan Bernier did not give up a goal in the third period and finished with 19 saves.

Nate Thompson and Jeff Petry scored to give Montreal a 2-0 lead in the first period and Nick Suzuki’s goal put it ahead 3-1 after two periods.

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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Artem Anisimov and Jean-Gabriel Pageau had two goals each to lead Ottawa.

Vladislav Namestnikov, Drake Batherson and Anthony Duclair also scored for Ottawa on a night the Senators retired Chris Phillips’ jersey in a pregame ceremony. Craig Anderson stopped 23 shots to pick up his 200th win with the franchise and move into a tie with Boston’s Tuukka Rask for 40th place all-time with 287 career wins.

Brandon Montour had two goals, and Kyle Okposo and Victor Olofsson also scored for the Sabres. Carter Hutton finished with 33 saves as Buffalo snapped a three-game win streak.

After falling behind 2-0 midway through the first, the Senators scored four times in a span of 3 1/2 minutes to take the lead. Buffalo pulled within one twice, but couldn’t tie it again.


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