UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Sidney Crosby’s 25-game points streak was snapped by the New York Islanders and goalie Rick DiPietro, who stopped the Pittsburgh captain and the rest of the Penguins’ high-powered offence in a 2-1 shootout victory Wednesday night.
Crosby had at least a point in every game since Nov. 3 at Dallas. The run, in which Crosby had 26 goals and 24 assists, was the longest in the NHL since Quebec’s Mats Sundin had a 30-game streak during the 1992-93 season. Crosby also had scored a goal in five consecutive games before being shut down by the Islanders, the team he has victimized the most with 62 points in 33 career games.
Crosby was denied on Pittsburgh’s second shootout attempt when DiPietro blocked a shot with his pad.
Josh Bailey gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead in the second period, but Chris Conner tied it before the frame was over. That left the game in the hands of DiPietro and Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury, the only goalies to be chosen No. 1 overall in the NHL draft. DiPietro finished with 37 saves through overtime in his first outing after sitting out five games while dealing with swelling in his surgically repaired left knee. Fleury stopped 25 shots and dropped to 16-2-2 against the Islanders.
The teams were tied 2-2 through three shootout rounds. P.A. Parenteau put the Islanders ahead by scoring off a speed rush on Fleury, and DiPietro sealed New York’s rare win over Pittsburgh by stopping Mark Letestu.
DALLAS (AP)—Patrick Eaves had three goals, Brad Stuart scored the tiebreaker at 5:29 of the third period, and Detroit rallied to beat Dallas.
Goals by Brad Richards, Mark Fistric and Jamie Benn in a 1:14 span in the second period gave the Stars a 3-1 lead. But Eaves struck on the power play after Nicklas Lidstrom scored at even strength to help the Red Wings tie it at 3 entering the final period. Stuart’s blast from the point got past goalie Kari Lehtonen, who was screened by Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader.
Kris Draper and Jiri Hudler also scored, and Jimmy Howard made 28 saves for the Western Conference-leading Red Wings.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)—Shane Doan scored two goals and Scottie Upshall and Keith Yandle each had three points in Phoenix’s victory over Los Angeles.
The Coyotes set season highs for goals and goals in the first period with four.
Doan has 36 two-goal games in his NHL career, but has never had a hat trick. The Phoenix captain also scored twice in a Dec. 11 home game against Dallas.
Upshall had a goal and two assists, and Yandle had three assists. Brett MacLean scored his first NHL goal in his first game, and Ray Whitney and Kyle Turris added goals for the Coyotes. Brad Richardson, Marco Sturm and Ryan Smyth scored for Los Angeles.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP)—Henrik Lundqvist made a season-high 43 saves and New York beat New Jersey, handing the struggling Devils their sixth straight loss and leaving them winless since Jacques Lemaire took over as coach.
Defenceman Michal Rozsival scored the winner on a second-period shot that deflected off Devils defenceman Andy Greene. Brian Boyle and Brandon Dubinsky also scored for New York, which gave up a season-high 44 shots just two nights after recording a season-high 52 shots in a big win over the Islanders.
Travis Zajac scored for the Devils, who played their best game since Lemaire replaced John MacLean three games ago. However, the NHL’s lowest scoring team (62 goals) was denied time and time again by Lundqvist in losing for the 11th time in 12 games this month. The six-game losing streak is a season high for New Jersey.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)—Kyle Brodziak scored twice and Brent Burns hadthe winner in Minnesota’s comeback victory over San Jose.
The Wild trailed 3-2 and appeared to be headed toward another home loss after failing to score on a four-minute power play to start the third period. But Chuck Kobasew, Burns and Brodziak scored in a five-minute span and the Wild overwhelmed the suddenly reeling Sharks in the final period.
Joe Thornton, Devin Setoguchi and Patrick Marleau scored for San Jose.
OTTAWA (AP)—Cam Ward made 37 saves for his second shutout of the season and Zach Boychuk scored goals 3:48 apart in the first for Carolina.
Erik Cole and Patrick Dwyer also scored for Carolina, which has won two in a row and six of nine.
Brian Elliott stopped 27 shots for Ottawa.