Penguins eyeing season-best eighth straight win

Pittsburgh (36-26-6) at Columbus (34-27-6), 7:00 pm EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) — The Pittsburgh Penguins will attempt
to extend their season-best winning streak to eight games when
they meet the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.

Defenseman Kris Letang and All-Star Evgeni Malkin scored in the
shootout Tuesday to lift the Penguins to their seventh
consecutive victory, a 4-3 triumph over the Florida Panthers.

Captain Sidney Crosby scored a goal and set up another and
Malkin and Jordan Staal also tallied in regulation for
Pittsburgh (36-26-6), which climbed into sixth place in the
Eastern Conference.

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“I thought we deserved a better fate than having to go to
overtime,” Crosby said. “But we kept going and made sure we
played a full 60 minutes, and we came out strong in the third
and tied it up.”

Steve Mason made 35 saves for his NHL-leading ninth shutout of
the season as the Blue Jackets topped the Boston Bruins, 2-0, on

Raffi Torres scored on the power play in the third period and
captain Rick Nash added an empty-net goal in the final minute to
help the Blue Jackets secure the win.