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Penguins Beat Predators in SO

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Sidney Crosby’s goal in the shootout gave Pittsburgh a 2-1 victory over Nashville on Thursday night, ending the Penguins’ three-game losing streak.

Bryan Rust scored in regulation for the Penguins, who moved into a second-place tie with the New York Islanders in the Metropolitan Division with 91 points each. Matt Murray, who shut out Nashville in his previous two games against the Predators, made 27 saves.

It was the third straight game that has gone past regulation for Pittsburgh, which lost 2-1 to Philadelphia in overtime on Sunday and 3-2 at Carolina in a shootout on Tuesday.

Ryan Ellis scored for Nashville, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Pekka Rinne made 31 saves in the loss as Nashville remained three points behind first-place Winnipeg in the Central Division.

Rust gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead when he scored on a backhander at 5:57 of the second period. The left wing skated across the crease before firing the puck into an open net on Rinne’s stick side for his career-high 18th goal.

Ellis tied it at 1 with a wrist shot that beat Murray to the near post with 3:01 left in regulation. It was Ellis’ first goal since Feb. 5 against Arizona.

Pittsburgh improved to 133-1-6 when leading after two periods since the start of the 2015-16 season, best in the NHL during that stretch.

Notes: The Penguins have scored only five goals in the last four games. … Penguins LW Adam Johnson, 24, made his NHL debut. He was paired with C Matt Cullen and RW Garrett Wilson on the fourth line. Johnson was Wilkes-Barres/Scranton’s second-leading scorer with 40 points in the AHL. … This was the first of two meetings between the teams who meet again at Pittsburgh on March 29. … Nashville’s power play entered the game ranked 30th out of 31 NHL teams.

UP NEXT

Pittsburgh: Visits Dallas on Saturday.

Nashville: Visits Winnipeg on Saturday in a showdown of the Central Division’s top teams.

LIGHTNING 6, HURRICANES 3

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Callahan scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, and the Tampa Bay Lightning picked up their seventh straight win with a victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists and Tyler Johnson, Anthony Cirelli, Brayden Point and Ryan McDonagh all scored for the Lightning, who scored four unanswered goals in the third period to erase a 3-2 deficit.

CANADIENS 4, ISLANDERS 0

MONTREAL (AP) — Carey Price stopped 27 shots for his fourth shutout of the season and Montreal beat New York to remain in the hunt for an Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Joel Armia, Shea Weber, Jonathan Drouin and Jordan Weal also scored for the Canadiens (39-28-7), who won their second straight after dropping two in a row.

FLYERS 3, BLACKHAWKS 1, SO

CHICAGO (AP) — Carter Hart made 40 saves and James van Reimsdyk snapped a tie in the third period, helping Philadelphia beat Chicago.

Corban Knight also scored and Sean Couturier added an empty-net goal as Philadelphia picked up a sorely needed victory after dropping three of four.

AVALANCHE 3, STARS 1

DALLAS (AP) — Philipp Grubauer made a season-high 44 saves, including 23 in the third period, defensemen Erik Johnson and Tyson Barrie scored and Colorado beat Dallas to make the Western Conference playoff race even tighter.

Grubauer has allowed only two goals while facing 104 shots and carrying Colorado on a three-game winning streak.

BRUINS 5, DEVILS 1

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Patrice Bergeron scored twice and reached the 30-goal mark for the fifth time and streaking Boston beat injury-ravaged New Jersey to open a six-point lead over Toronto in the race for second place in the Atlantic Division.

David Pastrnak, Danton Heinen and David Backes also scored for the Bruins, who are 16-3-1 in their last 20 games. Tuukka Rask made 22 saves to improve to 18-2-3 in his last 23 games.

PANTHERS 4, COYOTES 2

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Aleksander Barkov scored two goals and Jonathan Huberdeau had three assists as Florida won for the first time in three games.

Mike Hoffman and MacKenzie Weegar also scored goals for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo made 32 saves and broke a five-game losing streak. Evgenii Dadonov added two assists.

BLUES 5, RED WINGS 2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ivan Barbashev recorded his first career NHL hat trick to lead St. Louis past Detroit.

Oskar Sundqvist and Pat Maroon also scored for the Blues, who have earned points in their last four games. Rookie Jordan Binnington made 20 saves, improving to 19-4-1.

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