Brian Gibbons scored on the first shot of his NHL career and Brandon Sutter chipped in his fourth goal of the season as Pittsburgh's struggling offence found a rhythm late against the Pacific Division-leading Ducks.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 26 shots for Pittsburgh, which won for only the second time in six games. Crosby's goal was his second in 11 games.
Gibbons took a slick backhand pass from Evgeni Malkin to break a scoreless tie 3:56 into the third. The Penguins needed just 62 seconds to make it 2-0, as Sutter deflected a shot from the point by Olli Maatta.
Anaheim responded immediately when Getzlaf scored his fifth goal in four games.
Crosby pushed Pittsburgh back in front by two, finishing the Penguins' three-goal outburst in a span of 4:04.
BRUINS 4, HURRICANES 1
Boston killed four Carolina power plays, including 63 seconds when the Bruins were down two skaters. They haven't allowed a power-play goal in 32 short-handed situations since giving up goals on five consecutive power plays in October.
The Hurricanes played their first game since Oct. 24 with Cam Ward in net. Ward, who missed 10 games because of a leg injury, made 26 saves. He rebounded from a rough start in which he gave up two goals on Boston's first four shots.
Tuukka Rask stopped 23 shots for Boston.
FLAMES 5, JETS 4, SO
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Sean Monahan scored the winning goal in the eighth round of a shootout and Calgary snapped its six-game losing streak with a victory over Winnipeg.
Montoya made 29 saves. Berra stopped 43 shots, including three in overtime, to help the Flames end their 0-5-1 skid.