Sidney Crosby scored twice during his fourth multiple-goal game in his last six as the Pittsburgh Penguins won their 11th game in a row, beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Wednesday.
The Penguins are on the second-longest winning streak in franchise history. Their only longer run was an NHL-record 17-game streak during a 119-point season in 1993.
Crosby has 20 goals and 15 assists during a 17-game scoring streak that is two shy of his career best, and has 14 goals during Pittsburgh’s winning streak. Crosby also has nine goals in the last four home games. He also has at least one goal in 13 of 17 games, and leads the NHL with 26 goals and 50 points in 30 games.
Chris Kunitz had three assists for Pittsburgh, and Mark Letestu scored twice after going 22 games without a goal. Pascal Dupuis also scored. Tyler Bozak and Mikhail Grabovski scored for Toronto.
SHARKS 5, FLYERS 4, SO
At Philadelphia, Logan Couture and Ryane Clowe scored shootout goals to lift San Jose past Philadelphia after the Sharks overcame a three-goal, third-period deficit and an apparent Flyers goal in overtime.
The Flyers appeared to win it in overtime, but Mike Richards’ goal was waved off after a reply showed time expired an instant before the puck crossed the line.
Clowe and Couture also scored in regulation, and Jason Demers and Joe Pavelski added goals for San Jose. Scott Hartnell, Claude Giroux, Ville Leino and Nikolay Zherdev scored for Philadelphia.
In other games it was:
‧ Canucks 5, Ducks 4, SO
‧ Blackhawks 5, Stars 3
‧ Predators 3, Red Wings 2