PITTSBURGH (AP) -Cal O'Reilly and Martin Erat scored in the shootout and the Nashville Predators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on Sunday - a game in which Penguins and Team Canada star Sidney Crosby was seen wincing shortly after blocking a shot.
Crosby, who tied Alex Ovechkin for the NHL lead with his 42nd goal of the season and also added an assist, appeared frustrated and in pain on the bench after an apparent injury to his right leg moments after he blocked a shot with his shin. The shot came about seven minutes into the second period.
Crosby said he was fine and was traveling to Vancouver on Sunday night. Although he appeared tentative during his first shift after the shot, by the end of the game the 22-year-old center showed no visible signs the foot was hindering him.
Predators goalie Dan Ellis made 30 saves and stopped Kris Letang and Crosby in the shootout.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Niklas Backstrom got his first win in three weeks, and Minnesota scored three power-play goals against Roberto Luongo, sending him to the bench early.
Cal Clutterbuck's shot off an uncovered rebound in the slot with 11:56 remaining slipped past Luongo for a 5-1 lead, prompting coach Alain Vigneault to summon backup goalie Andrew Raycroft to finish up.
Defenseman Cam Barker made his Minnesota debut and scored on a late slap shot. The third overall pick in the 2004 draft, Barker was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in a trade on Friday.
Backstrom, who missed six games with a back injury and then an illness, made 27 saves.
NEW YORK (AP) - Erik Christensen had two goals and an assist to lead the Rangers to the victory.
Sean Avery, Vinny Prospal and Chris Drury also scored for New York, which heads to the Olympic break on a two-game winning streak.
Steven Stamkos and Steve Downie scored for the Lightning, who have lost three in a row following a season-high four-game winning streak.
The Rangers trailed 2-0 after one period but responded with four goals in the second.
New York's Henrik Lundqvist, one of the goalies for Sweden in the Olympics, made 27 saves.