Here are four stories from Thursday night in the NHL.
Penguins win in OT, Crosby hits 800
Sidney Crosby earned his eight-hundredth point as the Pittsburgh Penguins (15-4-2) hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs defeating them for the third time this season. Crosby got a pair of assists including one on the overtime winner from Blake Comeau. Comeau scored a hat trick for the second time in his career.
The Penguins wasted no time getting things going, scoring 26 seconds into the first period. This is the fourth time Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier has given up a goal in the first two minutes. Pittsburgh went up 2-0 in the first putting the Leafs in the hole.
The Leafs came back when Leo Komarov went to work in the second scoring two goals with the help of Mike Santoreli to tie things up for the boys. Coming-from-behind was a theme for the Leafs. After the Penguins went ahead 3-2, Tyler Bozak scored a shorthanded goal in the second to tie things up.
The Leafs debuted a Pat Quinn tribute patch on their jerseys. The patch is a three-leaved green clover with Quinn's initials. Unfortunately, the luck of the Irish didn't rub off for the Leafs but no doubt Pat Quinn would be proud of the effort.
Let's hope they win one for the 'big irishman' next time.
Jets win back-to-back on the road
Ondrej Pavelec played strong as the Winnipeg Jets (12-9-3) beat the Buffalo Sabres (6-14-2) by a narrow 2-1 margin. Pavelec stopped 19 shots including two late in the game to keep the Jets in the game.
Winnipeg has now won back-to-back games on consecutive nights, improving their road record to 8-4-2.
The Jets Michael Frolik scored a shorthanded goal that was the difference in this one. Buffalo's Andre Benoit lost the puck behind his net, and Frolik took advantage, putting a quick wraparound past Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth. It was the third shorthanded goal for Winnipeg this season.
There was a big fight in the second between Anthony Peluso and Mike Weber.
Winnipeg's Adam Lowry dropped a big hit on Patrick Kaleta drawing blood and earning him a five-minute major and a game misconduct.
Islanders keep winning
The New York Islanders are on fire. The kind of fire that you need professionals to extinguish; the kind of fire that the team hasn't seen since the glory years of the 1970s and 1980s.
They've won five straight for a 16-6-0 record this season, the best in franchise history. They've won eight of 10 at home and 10 of their last 11 games. New York has had a much better November than last season going 10-2 for the month compared to a 4-10-1 record for the same month last season. The Islanders are perfect past regulation winning all seven games that have required extra time.
It was no different Thursday where New York (16-6-0) beat the Washington Capitals (9-8-4) 3-2 in overtime. John Tavares scored the winner for his ninth goal of the season. Tavares sniped one past Washington goalie Braden Holtby on a cross-ice pass.
Since the Islanders are moving to Brooklyn for next season, this kind of red-hot run is a fitting way to say goodbye to the Nassau Colliseum.
Marty heads home
Martin St. Louis made his first return to Tampa Bay with his new club, the New York Rangers who lost to the Lightning 4-3. The Bolts showed a tribute video to St. Louis during the first television time out that brought the Laval native to tears. St. Louis spent 12 and a half seasons with the Bolts.
The fans reaction to his homecoming was mixed; some people cheered some people booed but St. Louis kept it classy and skated out and waved to the crowd after the video.
St. Louis discussed the homecoming in his postgame interview..
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