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NHL: Penguins win nine in a row, beat Blue Jackets 7-2


Sidney Crosby had two goals as the Pittsburgh Penguins won their ninth straight by routing the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-2 in the NHL on Saturday.

Crosby has had five goals in his last two games, including a hat trick against Atlanta on Thursday.

Paul Martin scored two first-period goals for the Penguins, who have points in 12 consecutive games (11-0-1). Michael Rupp, Tyler Kennedy and Deryk Engelland also scored for Pittsburgh.

Marc-Andre Fleury tied a career high with his eighth consecutive win, stopping 21 shots.

The Blue Jackets dropped their fifth in a row and have lost by a combined 12-2 in the past two games.

Flyers 5, Devils 3

In Philadelphia, Mike Richards scored a tiebreaking goal early in the third period to lead Philadelphia over New Jersey.

James Van Riemsdyk, Claude Giroux, Danny Briere and Jeff Carter also scored for the Flyers, who were 0-1-2 in their previous three games. Carter and Matt Carle each added two assists.

Patrik Elias, Ilya Kovalchuck and Travis Zajac scored for the Devils, and Jamie Langenbrunner had two assists.

Thrashers 3, Capitals 1

In Washington, Ondrej Pavelec stopped 45 shots and Andrew Ladd and Rich Peverley each had a goal and an assist as Atlanta beat Washington.

It was the seventh win in eight games for the Thrashers, a run that began with Pavelec blanking Washington in Atlanta on Nov. 19.

The Thrashers are 3-1-1 against the Capitals after going 0-6 in last season’s series.

Alex Ovechkin’s goal-scoring drought ended at a career-high tying nine games, but the Capitals fell to 12-2-1 at home.

Washington went 0 for 5 on the power-play.

Canadiens 3, Sharks 1

In Montreal, Mathieu Darche, Tomas Plekanec and Michael Cammalleri scored for Montreal to win consecutive games for the first time in more than two weeks.

Carey Price stopped 26 shots for Montreal, which is 3-1-0 in its last four games.

Benn Ferreiro scored his third goal in four games for San Jose.

Maple Leafs 3, Bruins 2

In Toronto, Kris Versteeg scored the tying goal with just over 40 seconds left in regulation and Phil Kessel netted the winner in a shootout as Toronto beat Boston.

Carl Gunnarsson also scored for the Maple Leafs, who broke a two-game losing streak.

Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell had goals for the Bruins, who lost for the fourth time in 10 games.

Lightning 6, Avalanche 5, SO

In Tampa Bay, Florida, Martin St Louis and Simon Gagne each had a goal and two assists to lead Tampa Bay over Colorado.

St Louis, Mattias Ritola and Gagne all scored in the second period to give Tampa Bay a 4-2 advantage.

The Avalanche pulled within one in the third before Ryan Malone scored for Tampa Bay and set up Sean Bergenheim to make it 6-3.

Paul Stastny, Brandon Yip, Kevin Shattenkirk, Philippe Dupuis and Matt Duchene scored for Colorado.

In other NHL play, it was:

‧ Sabres 1, Senators 0, SO

‧ Predators 5, Hurricanes 2

‧ Panthers 2, Coyotes 1, SO

‧ Stars 4, Wild 3, OT

‧ Kings 3, Red Wings 2, OT

‧ Oilers 2, Blues 1, OT

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