PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby scored a pair of highlight-reel goals and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied past the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Thursday night for their fourth straight victory.
Crosby beat Eddie Lack with a slick backhander in the first and added a redirect from his knees in the second to extend his points streak to 10 consecutive games as Pittsburgh strengthened its grip on seventh in the crowded Eastern Conference playoff race. Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist and Nick Bonino picked up his fifth of the year. Rookie Matt Murray shook off a slow start to finish with 31 saves.
Phillip Di Giuseppe and Riley Nash scored for the Hurricanes.
PANTHERS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 1
TORONTO (AP) — Jussi Jokinen scored two unusual goals to help lift the Florida Panthers over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Jokinen wasn't attempting to score on either goal against the Maple Leafs, with two passing attempts pinging off Toronto sticks and beating Jonathan Bernier.
Jaromir Jagr and Teddy Purcell added empty-net goals for the Panthers, who won for the fourth time in five games. Florida is three wins from matching its franchise record of 43.
Morgan Rielly scored for the Leafs, who had a two-game win streak snapped.
DEVILS 7, WILD 4
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Devante Smith-Pelly, Mike Sislo and Adam Henrique scored two goals apiece and the New Jersey Devils had their best offensive performance of the season in a victory over the Minnesota Wild.
Reid Boucher also scored, Tyler Kennedy added a season-high three assists and Keith Kinkaid made 28 saves as New Jersey snapped a three-game home losing streak.
Nino Niederreiter, Jared Spurgeon, Justin Fontaine and Mikko Koivu scored for the Wild, who squandered a chance to move ahead of Colorado into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
PREDATORS 4, ISLANDERS 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — James Neal and Ryan Johansen each scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Nashville Predators past the New York Islanders.
Ryan Ellis and Austin Watson also scored for Nashville, which has recorded at least one point in the standings in 16 of their last 17 games.
Rookie Ryan Pulock and Brock Nelson had the goals for the Islanders, who have lost of four of their last five.
RED WINGS 3, BLUE JACKETS 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Henrik Zetterberg and Darren Helm scored in the third period to lead the Detroit Red Wings past the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Luke Glendening also scored and Jimmy Howard stopped 27 shots as Detroit moved a point ahead of Philadelphia for the Eastern Conference's second wild-card playoff spot.
Alexander Wennberg spoiled Howard's shutout bid on a power-play goal with 1 minute to go, ending the Blue Jackets' home scoreless streak at 156:02. Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 19 saves as Columbus lost its third straight.
The Associated Press