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Crosby shines in Penguins’ win over Flyers

Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, center, skates in the first period Saturday in Philadelphia. Crosby scored the game-winning goal, giving the Penguins their first road win in nearly six weeks.

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PHILADELPHIA — Sidney Crosby had two goals and two assists to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to their first road victory in nearly six weeks, 5-4 over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Crosby got a gift goal with 2:45 left when goalie Martin Biron failed to secure the puck when he drifted out to make a stop. Crosby was there when the puck came loose and poked it into the empty net for his 23rd goal and 23rd career two-goal game.

The Flyers rallied to tie it twice in the third, but couldn’t overcome the gaffe.

Mike Richards scored a short-handed goal for the third straight game and Braydon Coburn’s third-period goal tied it at 3. Mike Knuble’s 24th goal with 5:35 left evened it at 4 and the largest regular-season crowd in Flyers history (19,992) erupted.

Biron came out near the right circle to stop Pascal Dupuis’ breakaway. He was on all fours and stopped the shot, but failed to hold on to the puck, and Dupuis dumped it toward the empty net where Crosby was there for the easy goal.

Evgeni Malkin scored his 27th goal, and Ruslan Fedotenko also scored two goals for the Penguins, who have now won two straight for new coach Dan Bylsma.

Joffrey Lupul also scored for the Flyers.

Sabres 4, Rangers 2

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Derek Roy had a goal and two assists and the Buffalo Sabres extended the Rangers’ road woes.

Daniel Paille, Andrej Sekera and Jochen Hecht also scored to help the Buffalo jump into a sixth-place tie with the reeling Rangers in the Eastern Conference standings. Both teams have 68 points.

Sabres goalie Ryan Miller stopped all 20 shots he faced before leaving the game 2 minutes into the third period after being upended behind the net by New York’s Scott Gomez. Miller limped off favoring his left leg and did not return.

Islanders 4, Devils 0

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Yann Danis made a career-high 40 saves for his first shutout in more than three years, and the Islanders stalled New Jersey’s purssuit of the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

New Jersey went 1-2 on its three-game trip that started and ended with shutout losses. The Devils, who have 15 victories in 20 games, had won seven straight away from home before beginning this trip at Florida and Tampa Bay.

Canadiens 5, Senators 3

MONTREAL — Alex Kovalev had a goal and two assists in his return to Montreal’s lineup after a two-game banishment because of his listless play.

Canadiens backup Jaroslav Halak made 44 saves.

Montreal had dropped 12 of 15, including a 5-4 loss in Pittsburgh on Thursday night to finish a six-game trip with a 1-4-1 mark.

Patrice Brisebois, Tomas Plekanec, Mathieu Schneider and Mathieu Dandenault also scored for the Canadiens, 3-for-4 on the power play. Dany Heatley scored twice for Ottawa, and Jarkko Ruutu added a goal.

Sharks 3, Thrashers 1

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jeremy Roenick picked up his 700th career assist in his return from a 10-week injury absence, and Ryane Clowe broke a scoreless tie 30 seconds into the third period for San Jose.

Evgeni Nabokov made 22 saves for the Sharks, who set a franchise record with their NHL-best 26th home win. Jonathan Cheechoo and Joe Thornton scored power-play goals in the third to help the Sharks win their third straight.

Blackhawks 3, Stars 1

DALLAS — Patrick Kane scored his fourth goal against Dallas this season, Cristobal Huet made 30 saves and Chicago completed a season sweep.

Coyotes 6, Kings 3

LOS ANGELES — Olli Jokinen scored twice in the second period against his former team to reach 500 career points, then added an empty-netter to complete his sixth career hat trick in Phoenix’s win over Los Angeles.

Ducks 5, Blue Jackets 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Corey Perry had a goal and two assists, four teammates also scored and Anaheim ended a three-game slide.

Panthers 2, Bruins 0

SUNRISE, Fla. — Radek Dvorak scored twice in the third period, and Tomas Vokoun made 41 saves for his second shutout in three games in Florida’s victory over Boston.

Canucks 3, Maple Leafs 2, SO

TORONTO — Mats Sundin scored the shootout winner in his return to the city where he spent 13 memorable years, giving Vancouver a victory over Toronto.

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