PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby ignited a rally with a highlight-reel goal and became the third active player with 700 assists in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 5-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.
Crosby scored his 24th goal when he knocked a pass from Jake Guentzel out of the air, deflected it toward the front of his stick and smacked it by Carey Price to tie it at 3 late in the second period.
Derick Brassard put the Penguins in front to stay, beating Price early in the third.
BLUES 2, BRUINS 1, OT
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaden Schwartz scored his second goal of the game 30 seconds into overtime to lift St. Louis past Boston.
Schwartz skated up the middle and fired a shot past Anton Khudobin. The Blues won for the fifth time in six games to move within a point of the final Western Conference wild-card spot.
Jake Allen made 21 saves to improve to 24-21-2.
COYOTES 4, SABRES 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Clayton Keller had two assists to break the Arizona record for points by a rookie in the Coyotes’ victory over Buffalo in a matchup of the NHL’s two worst teams.
Rookie Dylan Strome scored in his first game after being called up from the minors. Derek Stepan had a goal and assist, and Richard Panik and Max Domi, with an empty-netter, also scored. Antti Raanta stopped 29 shots to improve to 12-4-4 in his past 20 starts.
DUCKS 4, FLAMES 0
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — John Gibson stopped 29 shots to lead Anaheim over Calgary.
Gibson earned his fourth shutout of the season and 16th of his career. He is 12-3-1 in his last 16 starts.
Francois Beauchemin had a goal and an assist for Anaheim, and Andrew Cogliano, Ondrej Kase, Hamphus Lindholm also scored for the Ducks, who’ve won four straight and are tied with Colorado for sixth in the Western Conference, one point ahead of the Los Angeles Kings.
Mike Smith started in goal for Calgary but was replaced after allowing three goals on 11 shots. Rookie David Rittich stopped four of the five shots he faced.