PITTSBURGH – Sidney Crosby versus Alex Ovechkin used to be one of the most electric rivalries in hockey.
Those days, at least for the moment, appear to be over.
Crosby extended his points streak to six games with a goal and two assists and the Pittsburgh Penguins pounded the lifeless Washington Capitals 5-2 on Thursday night.
I think right now we’re confident in the way we’re playing and believe in the way we’re playing, Crosby said. Hopefully at the end we have the result we want.
Evgeni Malkin added a goal and two assists, while Pascal Dupuis, James Neal and Matt Cooke scored for the Penguins, who have won five straight. Pittsburgh’s revamped power play produced three goals, while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 23 shots for the Penguins, who moved atop the Eastern Conference standings by beating Washington at home in regulation for the first time in more than five years.
FLAMES 4, BLUE JACKETS 3, OT: In Columbus, Ohio, Alex Tanguay scored on a one-timer 1:07 into overtime to lift Calgary.
Shortly after Columbus threatened on two shots by Fedor Tyutin, the Flames had an odd-man rush and Jarome Iginla saucered a cross-ice setup to Tanguay, who unloaded from the right dot.
Roman Cervenka, Mikael Backlund and Lee Stempniak scored for the Flames, who won their second in a row. Jiri Hudler and T.J. Brodie each had two assists.
Mark Letestu had a goal and two assists for the first three-point game of his 145-career, while Vinny Prospal had a goal and an assist and Matt Calvert also scored for the Blue Jackets.
RANGERS 4, ISLANDERS 1: In New York, teenage rookie J.T. Miller scored his first two NHL goals in his second career game to lift the Rangers.
Miller, who won’t turn 20 until March, gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead just 1:29 in and then pushed their advantage to 3-1 in the second period with a rare power-play goal for the club. Marian Gaborik also scored, defenseman Marc Staal had two assists and Ryan McDonagh added an empty-net goal to give the Rangers their second win in three games.
DEVILS 4, LIGHTNING 2: In Newark, N.J., Ilya Kovalchuk broke a tie with a short-handed goal late in the second period as New Jersey won its third straight game.
Andy Greene and Patrik Elias iced the game with power-play goals 14 seconds apart with less than 5 minutes to play as the Devils (6-1-3) sent the Lightning to their third consecutive loss. Elias also had two assists.
PANTHERS 3, FLYERS 2, SO: In Philadelphia, Jonathon Huberdeau and Peter Mueller both scored goals in the shootout to lift Florida.
Florida’s Stephen Weiss tied the game at 2 midway through the third period with his first goal of the season. Jack Skille also scored for the Panthers.
Matt Read and Jakub Voracek both scored goals for the Flyers. Read continued to have his way with the Panthers. Read notched his first career hat trick last month against the Panthers and his second-period goal against Jose Theodore was his sixth goal against them in six career games. He has 28 career goals. Read was stopped by Theodore in the shootout. Claude Giroux also came up short in the second round.
SABRES 5, CANADIENS 4, SO: In Buffalo, N.Y., Thomas Vanek scored twice in regulation, including the tying tally with 2 seconds left, and added a shootout goal to rally Buffalo. Jason Pominville also scored in the shootout and Ryan Miller clinched the victory by making a left pad save to stop Brian Gionta on Montreal’s final opportunity.
Buffalo rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the third period to snap a three-game skid and win for the second time in its past nine games. Vanek, the NHL’s leading scorer with 10 goals and 21 points, keyed the comeback by scoring both third-period goals, his second coming during a scramble in front at 19:58.
PREDATORS 3, KINGS 0: In Nashville, Tenn., Pekka Rinne made 32 saves for his first shutout of the season, and Colin Wilson scored two goals to lead Nashville.
Nashville has won four games in a row while the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings have dropped three of their past four.
HURRICANES 3, SENATORS 2, OT: In Ottawa, Ontario, Cam Ward made 45 saves and Jay Harrison scored 2:19 into overtime to rally Carolina. Harrison’s winner came off a scramble in front as he banged a loose puck past Senators goalie Craig Anderson.
CANUCKS 4, WILD 1: In St. Paul, Minn., Corey Schneider made 22 saves and Mason Raymond had a power-play goal and an assist in the second period as Vancouver won its fourth in row.
Niklas Backstrom gave up two scores in each of the first two periods for the Wild, and Josh Harding was in the net for the final frame. Daniel Sedin, Chris Higgins and Jannik Hansen also had goals for the Canucks, whose shutout was spoiled by Tom Gilbert’s power-play slap shot with 12:35 left.