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Crosby grabs OT win for Penguins

HOCKEY After losing the lead three times to the Rangers in front of their home crowd, Pittsburgh finally came through as the overtime period was just about to expire


Sidney Crosby, right, of the Penguins, celebrates his game-winning overtime goal against the New York Rangers with teammate Michel Ouellet in Pittsburgh on Saturday.


Sidney Crosby scored the game-winning goal with 90 seconds left in overtime by steering a rebound past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, and also set up the first goal as the Pittsburgh Penguins won 4-3 on Saturday despite squandering three leads.

Crosby has three goals in two games and has five goals and four assists in four games since being snubbed for the Canadian Olympic team. The No. 1 draft pick has six goals in six games since being limited to one goal in his previous eight games and 19 goals in 37 games.

With Tomas Surovy scoring twice for the second consecutive game, the Penguins outshot the Rangers 37-17, two nights after being outshot 46-25 in a 6-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

But the Rangers bounced back from deficits of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 with goals by Jaromir Jagr, Martin Rucinsky and Tyutin while going 3-of-8 on the power play.

Pittsburgh, also 3-of-8 on the power play, has won successive games for the first time since beating the Devils and Islanders on the road in early November.

Capitals 4, Flyers 3, SO

In Washington, Brian Willsie and Matt Pettinger scored in a shootout to lead Washington over Philadelphia.

Olie Kolzig stopped attempts by Michal Handzus and Peter Forsberg in the shootout, with Mike Richards netting for the Flyers. Willsie, the last player to shoot, beat goaltender Antero Niittymaki low and to the stick side to decide the game.

Rookie Alexander Ovechkin had a goal and an assist, and Dainius Zubrus and Willsie scored for the Capitals, who broke a two-game losing streak at the opening of a season-high six-game homestand. The victory also avenged an 8-1 loss at Philadelphia on Nov. 3.

Forsberg, Sami Kapanen and Jeff Carter scored for the Flyers, who played without leading goal scorer Simon Gagne and had their five-game winning streak snapped. They had also won six straight on the road and are now 4-1 on their franchise-record 11-game road trip.

Mighty Ducks 5, Blues 4, SO

In St. Louis, Chris Kunitz scored twice in regulation and had the only goal in a shootout to give Anaheim the victory.

Kunitz, who has six goals and 11 points in 26 games, got one of his scores during a two-goal, 10-second flurry that tied a franchise record in the first period.

Anaheim scored an unusual goal in the second period when St. Louis' Dean McAmmond's pass to the point went into an empty net after sailing the length of the ice. Vitaly Vishnevski, the last Ducks' player to touch the puck, was credited with the goal.

Andy McDonald also scored for Anaheim.

The Blues scored three of their goals on the power play, including scores by Doug Weight and Mike Sillinger in the third to tie it. Weight also had two assists.

McAmmond and Jamal Mayers added goals for the Blues.

Wild 4, Canucks 3

In St. Paul, Minnesota, rookie Kurtis Foster had a goal and an assist to lead Minnesota to its sixth victory in eight games.

Foster, playing in his 20th game for the Wild after being recalled from Houston of the AHL on Nov. 17, scored his sixth goal of the season in the second period and set up Randy Robitaille's power-play goal in the third.

Todd White and Wes Walz also scored for Minnesota. The Wild had 37 shots on goal, their highest home total of the season. Matt Cooke, Sami Salo and Bryan Allen scored for the slumping Canucks, 1-3-3 in their last seven games.

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