The Penguins overcame a bloody injury to Sidney Crosby Saturday for their 15th straight victory, beating the New York Islanders, 2-0, in Pittsburgh, in Jarome Iginla’s debut behind third-period goals from Matt Cooke and James Neal.
Tomas Vokoun made 35 saves as Pittsburgh moved within two wins of the NHL record of 17 straight victories set by Mario Lemieux and the 1992-93 Penguins.
Crosby skated off the ice with a towel covering his mouth after a slap shot by teammate Brooks Orpik deflected off a stick and hit the NHL scoring leader in the face. Crosby, who immediately fell to the ice and tossed his stick in the air, did not return. He lost several teeth and went to the hospital for oral surgery.
Coach Dan Bylsma wasn’t sure if the injury affected Crosby’s jaw and didn’t know if he would miss any more time. The Penguins host Buffalo Tuesday.
‘‘I just know he had some issues with his teeth,’’ Bylsma said. ‘‘Just from the replay I know that.’’
Crosby, with 15 goals and 56 points, holds a 10-point lead over Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos in the NHL scoring race.
Another head injury for Crosby has to concern the Penguins. The captain has missed considerable time the past two years because of concussions. He was sidelined the final 41 games in 2011.
Canadiens 3, Rangers 0 — Michael Ryder and Tomas Plekanec scored in the first period and Carey Price made 34 saves as host Montreal beat New York.
points ahead of Boston for first place in the Northeast Division.
Capitals 4, Sabres 3 — Alex Ovechkin scored once in regulation and again in a shootout to help Washington rally to win in Buffalo.
Sharks 3, Coyotes 2 — Logan Couture scored in the shootout to lift host San Jose to its fourth straight win.
Wild 4, Kings 3 — Mikko Koivu scored in a shootout and Niklas Backstrom stopped 28 shots to give Minnesota the victory over Los Angeles in St. Paul.
Panthers 3, Devils 2 — Dmitry Kulikov scored at 1:43 of overtime and host Florida beat New Jersey.
Oilers 4, Canucks 0 — Taylor Hall had a hat trick and host Edmonton scored early and often to make it three victories in a row for the first time this season, cruising past Vancouver.
Maple Leafs 4, Senators 0 — Nazem Kadri had a hat trick and James Reimer made 31 saves as visiting Toronto defeated Ottawa.
Avalanche 1, Predators 0 — Tyson Barrie scored at 50 seconds of overtime as Colorado edged Nashville in Denver.
Hurricanes 3, Jets 1 — Justin Peters made 34 saves to help visiting Carolina keep its playoff hopes alive with a victory over Southeast Division-leading Winnipeg.