Crosby maintains scoring prowess for Penguins in victory over Flames


The injury-ravaged Pittsburgh Penguins keep winning.

Sidney Crosby scored his 20th goal of the season Saturday, helping the Penguins win their season-high seventh straight game, 4-3 over the Calgary Flames.

“Winning always makes things better,” Crosby said. “There’s no secret there. It doesn’t matter what team you play on, winning solves everything.”

Pittsburgh, which leads the Eastern Conference with 55 points, played without star center Evgeni Malkin and five of its top six defensemen for the fourth straight game, but that didn’t stop the Penguins from winning their 10th straight contest at home and picking up their 12th win in 13 games.

Crosby, who had a goal and two assists, extended his season-high points streak to 10 games. He leads the league with 54 points. Pascal Dupuis added his seventh goal of the season, Harry Zolnierczyk scored his first with the team and James Neal also tallied.

Pittsburgh jumped to a two-goal lead and went up 4-1 on goals from Crosby and Neal.

Kings 3, Avalanche 2 (SO)

In Los Angeles, rookie Martin Jones made 23 saves and stopped all three shots in the shootout to become the second goalie in NHL history to win each of his first eight games.

Red Wings 5, Maple Leafs 4 (SO)

In Toronto, Daniel Alfredsson scored the shootout winner for Detroit against the Maple Leafs in a Winter Classic preview.

Coyotes 4, Senators 3 (OT)

In Ottawa, Antoine Vermette completed a hat trick at 2:23 of overtime to lift Phoenix past the Senators.

Bruins 4, Sabres 1

In Boston, David Krejci snapped a tie and set up Milan Lucic’s goal to help the Bruins split a two-game set with the hosts.

Devils 5, Capitals 4 (OT)

In Washington, Andy Greene scored 43 seconds into overtime, and Marek Zidlicky had two goals for New Jersey.

Blue Jackets 6, Flyers 3

In Columbus, Ryan Johansen and R.J. Umberger each notched two goals and the Blue Jackets pulled away in the third period.

Canadiens 4, Predators 3 (OT)

In Nashville, David Desharnais scored at 1:43 of overtime for Montreal.

Lightning 3, Hurricanes 2 (OT)

In Tampa, Radko Gudas scored 2:16 into overtime to lift the Lightning against Carolina.

Ducks 5, Islanders 3

In Uniondale, New York, Ryan Getzlaf scored three goals and Anaheim rallied for its team-record eighth straight win.

Sharks 3, Stars 2 (SO)

In San Jose, Joe Thornton scored the lone shootout goal in the fifth round, and Alex Stalock stopped all five tries.

Blues 6, Oilers 0

In Edmonton, Chris Stewart scored three goals and added an assist as St. Louis routed the Oilers.