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Friday, 11.22.2013 / 10:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Sidney Crosby scored with 1:16 remaining to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night.

Crosby's 12th goal of the season was also the 250th of his career, and the Penguins' captain also had an assist. Chris Kunitz had two goals and an assist, Evgeni Malkin had a goal and two assists, and James Neal added two assists.

Jeff Zatkoff, playing for the first time since Nov. 2, stopped 32 shots in his fourth NHL start.

Thomas Vanek scored twice for the Islanders in his first game after missing five with an upper-body injury. Vanek has three goals and two assists with New York since being acquired from Buffalo in October. Colin McDonald also got his second of the season for the Islanders.

Kevin Poulin made 30 saves for the Islanders.

CANADIENS 3, CAPITALS 2

WASHINGTON (AP) — David Desharnais scored his long-awaited first goal of the season, and Montreal took an early three-goal lead and survived two goals from Washington's Alex Ovechkin.

Desharnais, whose scoring drought even attracted the attention of Montreal's new mayor, perched in front of the net to redirect Josh Gorges' drive in the first period. The goal stood after a video review to determine whether Desharnais had scored with a high stick.

Travis Moen also scored his first of the season, and Daniel Briere added a goal for the Canadiens, who have won two straight.

Ovechkin scored on a last first-period power play and again in the third period to give him an NHL-leading 19 goals.

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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres