Sidney Crosby matched the second-longest NHL scoring streak in 18 years with his first-period goal and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Florida Panthers 5-2 on Wednesday night.
Crosby scored for the 28th time in 22 games during the streak 7:44 in against the Panthers, giving the Penguins a lead they wouldn’t relinquish when he fired a slap shot while skating down the left wing.
Ben Lovejoy had his first career goal and Mark Letestu, Matt Cooke and Pascal Dupuis also scored for Pittsburgh, which has won 14 of 16, recovering from a two-game skid last week with consecutive convincing victories.
Crosby’s streak matched Dany Heatley’s in 2005 as the longest since the lockout that wiped out the 2004-2005 season. Mats Sundin of the Quebec Nordiques had points in 30 consecutive games during the 1992-1993 season.
RED WINGS 5, CANUCKS 4, OT
In Detroit, Henrik Zetterberg’s second goal of the game at 2:59 of overtime gave Detroit a win over Vancouver in a matchup of Western Conference division leaders.
Zetterberg also had an assist on Nicklas Lidstrom’s power-play goal that tied it at 4 late in the third period.
Danny Cleary and Valtteri Filppula also scored for Detroit. Brian Rafalski had three assists and Jimmy Howard stopped 35 shots.
Henrik and Daniel Sedin each had a goal and an assist and Mikael Samuelsson and Jeff Tambellini also scored for Vancouver. Roberto Luongo made 40 saves.
Red Wings star center Pavel Datsyuk left late in the first period with a broken bone in his right wrist and is expected to miss at least four weeks after tripping over Vancouver’s Mikael Samuelsson and landing on his right hand. Samuelsson and Datsyuk used to be teammates with the Red Wings.
In other NHL games it was:
‧ Blackhawks 4, Predators 1
‧ Islanders 2, Lightning 1, OT