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Crosby scores late goal in wild Penguin win over New York

MAN ON FIRE The 19-year-old phenomenon left Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr hanging his head with a shot that bounced in as the clock ran down


Sidney Crosby, right, of the Pittsburgh Penguins jumps to avoid running into goalie Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers on Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.


Sidney Crosby scored a power-play goal with 3.3 seconds left, his fourth point of the game, and the Pittsburgh Penguins pulled out a wild 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Crosby fired a pass from the right-wing boards that struck another player in front of the net and ricocheted in. Earlier the 19-year-old phenomenon set up three goals for Pittsburgh, which had six goals on 22 shots.

Rangers Captain Jaromir Jagr was left hanging his head while Crosby happily skated across the ice and looked up at the board to see how timely his goal was. Pittsburgh finished last in the Eastern Conference last season with only 10 wins on the road.

Jordan Staal, the No. 2 pick in this year's draft and Kris Letang each scored their first NHL goals for Pittsburgh, while Ryan Whitney scored his first two of the season and Michel Ouellet added one.

Flames 1, Senators 0

In Ottawa, Miikka Kiprusoff made 33 saves for his first shutout of the season and Jarome Iginla scored 11:25 into the third period for Calgary.

Kiprusoff, who led the NHL last season with a franchise-record 10 shutouts, posted the 18th of his career in Calgary's first win in Ottawa since Oct. 28, 1999.

Devils 7, Maple Leafs 6, SO

In East Rutherford, New Jersey, Brian Gionta scored three goals in the third period for the Devils, including the game-tying goal with 37 seconds to play. He also scored in the shootout which New Jersey won 2-1 in four rounds.

Martin Brodeur atoned for the worst 20 minutes of his home career with the Devils by stopping three shots in the shootout.

Blues 3, Bruins 2, SO

At St. Louis, Lee Stempniak scored in regulation and then had the game-winning goal in the shootout in St. Louis' home opener against Boston.

Bruins goalie Tim Thomas held the Blues scoreless for the first 56 minutes, but the Blues, who were shut out in their last game, scored twice in a 2:30 span late in the third period to tie it.

Stempniak snapped a long scoreless drought for St. Louis at 16:03 to cut Boston's lead to 2-1 and Jamal Mayers tied it at 18:33.

Wild 3, Capitals 2, SO

At St. Paul, Minnesota, Mikko Koivu scored the only goal in the shootout for undefeated Minnesota, which is off to its best start in the franchise's six-year history. The Wild have won each of their four games by only one goal -- two by shootout, one in overtime and one with a stirring late-game comeback.

Kim Johnsson scored two power-play goals for the Wild, who have never lost at home to the Capitals in four meetings.

Blackhawks 3, Predators 1

At Chicago, Jeff Hamilton scored on a tip-in with 7:40 left in the third period to snap a tie for Chicago and Martin Havlat added an empty net goal against Nashville with 36 seconds left.

Michal Handzus also scored for Chicago (2-1-0), while Nikolai Khabibulin made 37 saves.

Oilers 6, Sharks 4

At Edmonton, Alberta, Ryan Smyth scored three goals in a 2:01 span early in the third period to lead Edmonton past San Jose.

The hurried hat trick broke Wayne Gretzky's franchise record for the fastest three goals by 17 seconds and pushed Smyth over the 500-point mark for his career.

Jonathan Cheechoo had three goals for the Sharks, who were going for the first 4-0 start in franchise history.

Stars 4, Kings 1

At Los Angeles, Eric Lindros had three assists, one on Jussi Jokinen's power-play goal, and Mike Modano had a goal and an assist to lead surging Dallas to victory past Los Angeles.

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