PITTSBURGH (AP) -Sidney Crosby scored twice in the third period and had the only goal in the shootout, and the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame a two-goal deficit to win their seventh straight game, 3-2 over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.
Playing his 300th career game, Crosby had a power-play goal and a short-handed score - his first in the NHL - in regulation, then beat Tomas Vokoun with a nifty deke in the shootout to help the Penguins improve to an NHL-best 9-1-0.
Steven Reinprecht scored twice in the first period for Florida. The Panthers have lost six of seven to drop to 2-5-1.
In the shootout, Crosby moved in slowly on Vokoun and made three moves to his forehand before finally tucking it into the net as Vokoun dove to his left.
Crosby tied it with 3:19 to play with his short-handed goal, one-timing a feed from Evgeni Malkin with a shot that appeared to deflect off a Florida player. Crosby's first goal came a second after a 5-on-3 power play had expired 2:14 into the third.
DENVER (AP) - After watching injured teammate Darcy Tucker leave the ice on a backboard, Milan Hejduk and Wojtek Wolski scored in quick succession for Colorado.
Tucker was checked into the boards by Carolina forward Tuomo Ruutu as he tried to play the puck in the Hurricanes' end at 14:34 of the second period.
Tucker's face hit the glass hard and he fell to the ice on his back unconscious. He lay motionless for several minutes as Avalanche doctors and trainers attended to him. The team said Tucker was alert and taken to the hospital for treatment and evaluation.
Ruutu was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct, and Hejduk scored on the subsequent power play. Forty seconds later, Wolski scored his fifth goal.
Paul Stastny scored twice, and Ryan O'Reilly added a goal for Colorado. Ruutu, Joseph Corvo, Ray Whitney and Matt Cullen scored for Carolina.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - David Perron had a goal and an assist for his first points of the season after getting shifted to the checking line, helping St. Louis beat Minnesota.
Jay McClement also scored, and Chris Mason made 20 saves for St. Louis.
Chuck Kobasew scored for Minnesota. The Wild have lost seven straight on the road, four shy of the franchise record.