Sidney Crosby produced a goal and an assist in regulation, then the shootout winner to help Pittsburgh edge Washington 4-3 for the Penguins’ sixth consecutive victory and the Capitals’ fourth straight loss.
After Crosby lifted his shot over Jose Theodore’s glove, Marc-Andre Fleury thwarted Alex Ovechkin with a kick save to end the shootout. Fleury also stopped Alexander Semin and Viktor Kozlov to help Pittsburgh complete the first 5-0 trip in franchise history.
In regulation, Ovechkin scored his league-leading 47th goal and Crosby got his 25th. Pittsburgh built a 3-1 lead as Sergei Gonchar and trade-deadline pickup Bill Guerin tallied in the second period.
AVALANCHE 5, BLACKHAWKS 1
At Chicago, Peter Budaj made 24 saves while Marek Svatos and Ryan Smyth each had a goal and an assist to help Colorado beat Chicago and end a six-game losing streak.
Ben Guite, Chris Stewart and Milan Hejduk also scored while Tyler Arnason had three assists. The six-game skid was the franchise’s longest since the Quebec Nordiques lost eight in a row in January 1992. Jonathan Toews scored for Chicago.
RANGERS 4, BRUINS 3
At New York, Sean Avery was warmly welcomed by Rangers fans in his first home game at Madison Square Garden in nearly a year and newcomer Nik Antropov had a goal and assist to help New York beat Boston for its third straight win.
In other games it was:
• Canadiens 3, Stars 1
• Thrashers 5, Flames 2
• Wild 3, Ducks 2
• Islanders 3, Coyotes 2