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.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Alex Kovalev, Jason Spezza and Mike Fisher scored in a 6:59 span in the third period for Ottawa.
Ottawa won for the 14th time in its past 16 games, erasing a 3-1 deficit to head into the Olympic break with momentum. Jarkko Ruutu also scored.
Blake Comeau posted had his first career two-goal game, and Matt Moulson added his team-leading 22nd goal for New York. The Islanders head into the layoff with nine losses in 11 games.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Troy Brouwer scored in the fourth round of the shootout to give Chicago the victory.
Jake Dowell and Patrick Sharp each had a goal an assist, and Bryan Bickell also had a goal for the Blackhawks, who won their fourth in a row. Patrick Kane, who bounced back to also score in the shootout after injuring a knee in the third period, had Chicago's first goal. Jonathan Toews added two assists.
Kristian Huselius had a goal and an assist and scored in the shootout for Columbus. Raffi Torres, Rick Nash and Fedor Tyutin added goals.