UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Sidney Crosby's 25-game points streak was snapped by the New York Islanders and goalie Rick DiPietro, who stopped the Pittsburgh captain and the rest of the Penguins' high-powered offense in a 2-1 shootout victory Wednesday night.
Crosby had at least a point in every game since Nov. 3 at Dallas. The run, in which Crosby had 26 goals and 24 assists, was the longest in the NHL since Quebec's Mats Sundin had a 30-game streak during the 1992-93 season. Crosby also had scored a goal in five consecutive games before being shut down by the Islanders, the team he has victimized the most with 62 points in 33 career games.
Crosby was denied on Pittsburgh's second shootout attempt when DiPietro blocked a shot with his pad.
Josh Bailey gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead in the second period, but Chris Conner tied it before the frame was over. That left the game in the hands of DiPietro and Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury, the only goalies to be chosen No. 1 overall in the NHL draft. DiPietro finished with 37 saves through overtime in his first outing after sitting out five games while dealing with swelling in his surgically repaired left knee. Fleury stopped 25 shots and dropped to 16-2-2 against the Islanders.
The teams were tied 2-2 through three shootout rounds. P.A. Parenteau put the Islanders ahead by scoring off a speed rush on Fleury, and DiPietro sealed New York's rare win over Pittsburgh by stopping Mark Letestu.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Henrik Lundqvist made a season-high 43 saves and New York beat New Jersey, handing the struggling Devils their sixth straight loss and leaving them winless since Jacques Lemaire took over as coach.
Defenseman Michal Rozsival scored the winner on a second-period shot that deflected off Devils defenseman Andy Greene. Brian Boyle and Brandon Dubinsky also scored for New York, which gave up a season-high 44 shots just two nights after recording a season-high 52 shots in a big win over the Islanders.
Travis Zajac scored for the Devils, who played their best game since Lemaire replaced John MacLean three games ago.However, the NHL's lowest scoring team (62 goals) was denied time and time again by Lundqvist in losing for the 11th time in 12 games this month. The six-game losing streak is a season high for New Jersey.
OTTAWA (AP) - Cam Ward made 37 saves for his second shutout of the season and Zach Boychuk scored goals 3:48 apart in the first for Carolina.
Eric Cole and Patrick Dwyer also scored for Carolina, which has won two in a row and six of nine.
Brian Elliott stopped 27 shots for Ottawa.