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Penguins win 15th straight with 2-0 win over Islanders, Crosby hurt in Iginla's debut

Saturday, 03.30.2013 / 4:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Penguins win 15th straight with 2-0 win over Islanders, Crosby hurt in Iginla's debut

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Pittsburgh Penguins overcame a bloody injury to Sidney Crosby on Saturday for their 15th straight victory, beating the New York Islanders 2-0 in Jermone Iginla's debut behind third-period goals from Matt Cooke and James Neal.

Crosby skated off the ice with a towel covering his mouth after a slap shot by teammate Brooks Orpik deflected off a stick and hit the NHL scoring leader in the face. Crosby, who immediately fell to the ice and tossed his stick in the air, did not return.

Pittsburgh moves within two wins of the NHL record set by Mario Lemieux and the 1992-93 Penguins.

Pittsburgh went 15-0-0 in March, the first perfect month in league history. The Penguins also won a franchise best 12th straight at home.

Tomas Vokoun made 35 saves.

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