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PITTSBURGH (AP) -Sidney Crosby had two goals and the Pittsburgh Penguins scored the final five goals in a 6-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

Crosby scored the Penguins' fourth and fifth goals - with 3:13 to play in the second and 1:35 into the third - to take the NHL lead with 44.

Alexei Ponikarovsky scored in his Penguins debut, and Jordan Staal, Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis added goals. Pittsburgh has won three straight since the Olympic break.

Mike Ribeiro and Brandon Segal each had a goal and an assist, and Loui Eriksson scored his 25th goal for Dallas.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Steven Stamkos extended his franchise-record points streak to 16 games, and Antero Niittymaki remained perfect against Atlanta.

Stamkos had two goals - which gave him 40 for the season - and an assist. The center has 15 goals and 14 assists during his streak.

Niittymaki improved to 17-0-0 overall against Atlanta. Martin St. Louis, Paul Szczechura, Teddy Purcell - on a penalty shot - and Vincent Lecavalier also scored for the Lightning, who stopped a five-game losing streak.

St. Louis was shaken up after being checked into the boards by Atlanta's Clarke MacArthur with 7:46 left in the game. After spending a couple minutes kneeling behind the Thrashers' net, St. Louis was able to skate off the ice.

Niclas Bergfors and Colby Armstrong scored for Atlanta.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Eric Belanger scored his first goal for Washington, fellow trade-deadline pickup Joe Corvo had an assist, and the NHL-leading Capitals stretched their club-record home winning streak to 13 games.

With two-time league MVP Alex Ovechkin mired in his longest goal drought of the season - six games - the Capitals are finding scoring elsewhere. Eric Fehr put in his 17th goal off assists from Corvo and Tomas Fleischmann during a 5-on-3 in the first period, and Belanger doubled the lead in the second period.

Jose Theodore made 30 saves for his first shutout in nearly a year.

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Michael Frolik and Kamil Kreps scored in a 1:11 span of the first period, Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves and Florida snapped Carolina's winning streak at seven games.

Cory Stillman scored late in the third period, and Kreps added an empty-net goal to help Florida win its second straight game after a seven-game losing streak.

Justin Peters made 26 saves while suffering his first career loss following three straight wins. Jussi Jokinen scored his 25th goal for Carolina.

OTTAWA (AP) - Phil Kessel and Nikolai Kulemin scored on Toronto's first two shootout attempts, and Jonas Gustavsson turned aside Ottawa's two attempts.

Kessel, who scored his 22nd goal and had another potential goal waved off in the second, beat Pascal Leclaire with Toronto's first shot in the tiebreaker, and Kulemin ended it when he converted the Maple Leafs' second attempt.

Gustavsson stopped 22 shots in his first start since playing for Sweden during the Olympics as Toronto ended a four-game losing streak. Chris Neil scored for Ottawa.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Tim Thomas made 37 saves, and Marc Savard, Milan Lucic and David Krejci scored for Boston in its first game on a seven-game trip.

The Bruins have won two straight and six of their past seven to move into seventh in the Eastern Conference. Josh Bailey and Matt Moulson scored for New York.

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