The steady stream of names heading to injured reserve shows no signs of abating for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Thankfully for the Penguins, neither is Sidney Crosby.
Crosby’s 19th goal of the season broke a tie with just over six minutes remaining and the Penguins edged the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-1, in Pittsburgh on Monday night for their fourth straight victory.
Chris Conner and Brandon Sutter also scored for the Penguins, who were playing without a number of regulars, including forward Evgeni Malkin.
‘‘We keep finding ways,’’ Crosby said. ‘‘A lot has to do with the way the [new guys] are playing.’’
Pittsburgh took the ice with only one defenseman — Matt Niskanen — with more than one year of NHL experience.
‘‘It’s a pretty unique situation,’’ Niskanen said. ‘‘One rookie and five young guys playing . . . These guys have been coming up and playing with confidence and doing a good job. That’s exciting for the organization.’’
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 shots for Pittsburgh to improve to 27-3 in his past 30 home starts.
Morgan Rielly scored for the Maple Leafs, and Jonathan Bernier made 28 saves.
Former Boston College defenseman Brian Dumoulin helped give the Penguins a quick 1-0 lead, collecting the puck near the point then firing it on net, allowing Conner to jab it by Bernier just 39 seconds into the game.
The Maple Leafs tied it 6:03 into the second as Rielly, the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft, skated through the Pittsburgh zone and beat Fleury over the goalie’s right shoulder for the highly regarded defenseman’s first career goal.
Crosby’s winner came after Robert Bortuzzo knocked down a clearing attempt then fed the puck up the wall to Pascal Dupuis. Dupuis then slipped a quick pass to Crosby between the circles.
Senators 3, Blues 2 — Cody Ceci’s first goal of the season powered host Ottawa to the overtime victory.
Bobby Ryan scored the tying goal for the Senators early in the third period and assisted on Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s strike in the first.
Chris Stewart scored twice for St. Louis with Derek Roy setting him up both times.
Avalanche 6, Stars 2 — Paul Stastny scored twice and had and two assists as Colorado cruised at home. Erik Johnson and Andre Benoit also scored in a four-goal second period for the Avalanche.
Kevin Connauton netted his first career goal for Dallas, and Tyler Seguin had a goal and an assist.
Jets 3, Blue Jackets 2 — Evander Kane returned after missing six games with a lower-body injury to score a goal and add an assist, leading Winnipeg to a win in Columbus, Ohio.