UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Sidney Crosby scored the tying goal in the third period and then won it with a brilliant individual effort 3:44 into overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Islanders 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Crosby, who tied it with a power-play goal with 12:00 left in regulation, stole the puck from Thomas Vanek just outside the New York blue line, streaked down the middle between two defenceman and jammed a backhander past Anders Nilsson for his 15th goal.
Nilsson was the hard-luck loser in overtime for the second straight game. New York, which has dropped seven straight (0-5-2), gave up the lead late to Washington on Saturday.
Kyle Okposo scored twice in the first period for the Islanders, who are third from the bottom in the East.
STARS 4, BLACKHAWKS 3
Valeri Nichushkin had a goal and an assist for the Stars, who had dropped four of five, including consecutive shootout losses at home in their previous two games. Alex Chiasson and Erik Cole also scored.
Patrick Sharp scored his 200th goal with Chicago.
Roussel then beat Crawford with a backhander into the upper right corner at 3:01.
SHARKS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 2
BLUE JACKETS 1, LIGHTNING 0
Bobrovsky, winner of the Vezina Trophy last year as the NHL's top goalie, stopped all 18 shots before he left with an unspecified injury 4:13 into the third period. He was replaced by McElhinney, who made the last eight saves.
Tampa Bay's Valterri Filppula's shot just slid past the corner of the goal as time expired and the Lightning were shut out for the second game in a row. They have lost their last five road games.
HURRICANES 4, CAPITALS 1
Skinner's two goals and three points both tied career highs.
A power-play goal by Mike Green at 6:39 of the third period ruined Peters' bid for his fourth career shutout. Two of the goaltender's three NHL shutouts are against the Capitals.
SENATORS 4, PANTHERS 2
Ottawa won for the 13th time in its last 15 games against the Panthers. Florida remains winless in the Atlantic Division (0-6-1) this season.
CANUCKS 3, PREDATORS 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Kesler scored a pair of third period goals, leading the Canucks to a victory over Nashville.
Brad Richardson also scored for Vancouver, which has won three of four.
Colin Wilson scored for Nashville, losers of three straight.
On the same day he was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for November, Nashville goalie Marek Mazanec made his 11th straight start in goal for the Predators. he had 30 saves.
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