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NHL: Penguins’ Crosby Has 2 Assists in 1,000th Game

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby, center, poses with Evgeni Malkin, left, and Kris Letang during a ceremony honoring his 1000th NHL hockey game with the team before an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby had two assists in his 1,000th NHL game and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Islanders 3-2 on Saturday night.

Kris Letang scored twice, including a tiebreaking goal in the third period, to help Pittsburgh win for the fourth time in five games. Mike Matheson also scored, and Tristan Jarry made 33 saves.

Crosby became the 25th active skater to play in 1,000 games. He’s also the first player in Penguins history to play 1,000 games with the team.

MAPLE LEAFS 5,

CANADIENS 3

TORONTO (AP) — Auston Matthews scored twice to increase his NHL-leading goals total to 18 and added two assists in Toronto’s victory over Montreal.

RANGERS 4, CAPITALS 1

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alexis Lafreniere scored his second NHL goal, Artemi Panarin had two assists and New York made the best of a new-look lineup, beating Washington for its second consecutive victory.

HURRICANES 4, LIGHTNING 0

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Rookie Alex Nedeljkovic made 24 saves for first NHL shutout and Carolina beat Tampa Bay.

SHARKS 5, BLUES 4

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Logan Couture scored his second goal of the game midway through the third period and San Jose held off St. Louis.

SABRES 3, DEVILS 2

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Sam Reinhart scored two goals and Buffalo beat New Jersey to snap a four-game losing streak.

KINGS 4, COYOTES 2

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Alex Iafallo scored two goals, Cal Peterson stopped 22 shots and Los Angeles beat Arizona for its fourth straight victory.

RED WINGS 2, PANTHERS 1

DETROIT (AP) — Mathias Brome scored his first NHL goal late in the second period and Detroit held off Florida.

PREDATORS 4,

BLUE JACKETS 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Calle Jarnkrok scored in the first and third periods, Pekka Rinne made 21 saves and Nashville beat Columbus to split the two-game series.

The Predators broke a 2-2 tie with two goals in the first 45 seconds of the third period. Jarnkrok beat Elvis Merzlikins from the slot 16 seconds in, and Filip Forsberg followed with his team-leading eighth goal off a faceoff.

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