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NHL: Pens beat Devils 2-1, win 10th straight


Sidney Crosby scored a goal and set up another as the Pittsburgh Penguins matched their second-longest winning streak in history by beating the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Monday night for a 10th consecutive victory.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves as the Penguins matched a 10-game winning streak from Jan. 28 to Feb. 15, 1999.

Crosby leads the NHL with 24 goals and 24 assists for 48 points. He failed to get a hat-trick for the third consecutive home game, but has nine goals in five games and six in three games.

Crosby’s 16-game scoring streak (18 goals, 15 assists) is the league’s longest this season and ties for the second-longest of his career.

The Penguins won their sixth in a row at home despite going 0 for 6 on the power-play.

New Jersey (8-17-2) lost its fourth in five games despite Johan Hedberg’s 32 saves.

Chris Kunitz, who assisted on Crosby’s goal, also scored.

New Jersey, winless in six consecutive road games, had taken a 1-0 lead on Brian Rolston’s first goal in 10 games.


In Detroit, Logan Couture scored twice, including the go-ahead goal eight seconds after Niclas Wallin’s goal, to lift San Jose over Detroit.

Joe Thornton made it one-all late in the frame and Dany Heatley gave San Jose a two-goal lead late in the second. Couture sealed the victory in the third with his second goal.

San Jose’s Antti Niemi made 25 saves. Jimmy Howard had 30 for Detroit, which fell to 10-2-2 at home.

San Jose improved to 6-5-2 on the road and moved out of last place in Pacific Division.


In Washington, Mikhail Grabovski scored the lone shootout goal and Toronto rallied from three goals down in the third period to beat Washington.

Jonas Gustavsson was perfect in the tiebreaker, making Grabovski’s goal stand up.

Washington carried a 4-1 lead into the third period, but Grabovski, Tim Brent and Clarke MacArthur all had goals to get the Maple Leafs even.

Brent and MacArthur scored 59 seconds apart, with MacArthur tying it 4-4 with 1:24 left in regulation.

Mathieu Perreault had his first career two-goal game for Washington.

Alex Ovechkin and Mike Knuble also scored. The Capitals matched a season high with their third straight loss.


In Columbus, Kyle Wilson scored on his first career shootout attempt to help Columbus end a five-game skid and snap Dallas’ six-game winning streak.

Rick Nash, who also scored in the shootout for Columbus, tied the game with 46.1 seconds left in regulation with his 14th goal.

After Nash and Richards scored in the shootout, Wilson went third and used a hard forehand to beat Kari Lehtonen on the stick side.

Mathieu Garon then made a right toe save on Jamie Benn to seal the win.

Kris Russell also scored for the Blue Jackets. Garon made 16 saves through overtime and two more in the shootout.

In other NHL action, it was:

‧ Thrashers 3, Predators 2, OT

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