Crosby clinches win despite three miscues from Penguins


Published: Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Sidney Crosby scored the game-winning goal with 1 minutes left in overtime by steering a rebound past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, and also set up the first goal as the Pittsburgh Penguins won 4-3 Saturday despite squandering three leads.
Crosby has three goals in two games and has five goals and four assists in four games since being snubbed for the Canadian Olympic team. The No. 1 draft pick has six goals in six games since being limited to one goal in his previous eight games and 19 goals in 37 games.
With Tomas Surovy scoring twice for the second consecutive game, the Penguins outshot the Rangers 37-17, two nights after being outshot 46-25 in a 6-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils. But the Rangers bounced back from deficits of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 with goals by Jaromir Jagr, Martin Rucinsky and Tyutin while going 3-of-8 on the power play.
Pittsburgh, also 3-of-8 on the power play, has won successive games for the first time since beating the Devils and Islanders on the road in early November.
  • CAPITALS 4, FLYERS 3, SO: Brian Willsie and Matt Pettinger scored in a shootout to lead Washington at home.
    Olie Kolzig stopped attempts by Michal Handzus and Peter Forsberg in the shootout, with Mike Richards netting for the Flyers. Willsie, the last player to shoot, beat goaltender Antero Niittymaki low and to the stick side to decide the game.
    Rookie Alexander Ovechkin had a goal and an assist, and Dainius Zubrus and Willsie scored for the Capitals, who broke a two-game losing streak at the opening of a season-high six-game homestand. The victory also avenged an 8-1 loss at Philadelphia on Nov. 3.
  • MIGHTY DUCKS 5, BLUES 4, SO: Chris Kunitz scored twice in regulation and had the only goal in a shootout to get the road win.
    Francois Beauchemin had three assists for the Ducks, who blew a two-goal, third-period lead before winning in the shootout.
    Anaheim scored an unusual goal in the second period when St. Louis' Dean McAmmond's pass to the point went into an empty net after sailing the length of the ice.
    Kunitz, who has six goals and 11 points in 26 games, got one of his scores during a two-goal, 10-second flurry that tied a franchise record in the first period.
    n WILD 4, CANUCKS 3: Rookie Kurtis Foster had a goal and an assist to help host Minnesota to its sixth victory in the last eight games.
    Foster, playing in his 20th game for the Wild after being recalled from Houston of the AHL on Nov. 17, scored his sixth goal of the season in the second period and set up Randy Robitaille's power-play goal in the third.
    Todd White and Wes Walz also scored for Minnesota. The Wild had 37 shots on goal, their highest home total of the season. Matt Cooke, Sami Salo and Bryan Allen scored for the slumping Canucks, 1-3-3 in their last seven games.
    Manny Fernandez made 26 saves for the victory, and Maxime Ouellet stopped 33 saves in his second start of the season for Vancouver.
    Cooke opened the scoring at 6:19 of the second period, backhanding a low shot between Fernandez's pads.
    The Wild tied it 21 seconds later, with White's low shot from inside the blue line sliding under Ouellet's right pad. Minnesota made it 2-1 34 seconds later when e a lead when Walz poked in a loose puck.
    The teams traded power play goals later in the period. Minnesota took a 3-1 lead when Foster scored on a 5-on-3 advantage at 10:56, and Salo beat Fernandez with a shot from the point with 12.9 seconds left in the period.
    After Robitaille made it 4-2 at 8:41 of the third period, Allen completed the scoring on a power play at 10:30.
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