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    NHL roundup: Penguins top Capitals for 10th straight win

    Penguin Matt Niskanen knocked the go-ahead strike past goalie Braden Holtby (70).
    Penguin Matt Niskanen knocked the go-ahead strike past goalie Braden Holtby (70).

    Defenseman Matt Niskanen scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and Sidney Crosby had two assists and the Penguins extended their winning streak to 10 games with a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.

    Niskanen’s goal at 11:58 came nine seconds after the Penguins killed a four-minute penalty in the third period.

    The winning streak is the longest of the season for the Eastern Conference-leading Penguins and the second-longest in the NHL this season.


    Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves and Crosby picked up his NHL-leading 36th and 37th assists for the Penguins, who were without reigning MVP Evgeni Malkin (shoulder) for the sixth game in a row. The Penguins were also without defenseman Kris Letang (lower-body injury).

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    Braden Holtby made 34 saves for Washington.

    With the score tied at 1-1, Penguins left wing Matt Cooke received two minutes for boarding Alex Ovechkin and two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct at 7:49. The first two minutes went by without a shot on goal by Washington. Fleury made a glove save on winger Eric Fehr and a kick save on Ovechkin and the Capitals did not get another shot before the power play expired.

    Both teams picked up a power-play goal in the second period.

    Washington took a 1-0 lead when Ovechkin one-timed a bouncing puck past Fleury for his 12th goal of the season at 8:14.


    Sabres 3, Canadiens 2 — Steve Ott’s second goal of the game at 2:16 of overtime lifted Buffalo over host Montreal.

    P.K. Subban was off after his stick clipped Mark Pysyk and, with two seconds left in the man advantage, Ott was at the doorstep to shovel in a rebound and give Buffalo its second win in eight games.

    Ott and Tyler Ennis scored in the opening period for the Sabres, who are 5-5-3 under coach Ron Rolston since Lindy Ruff was fired Feb. 20.

    Kings 3, Coyotes 2 — Jonathan Bernier made a career-high 40 saves, defenseman Drew Doughty ended a 32-game regular-season goal drought, and Los Angeles beat visiting Phoenix.

    Shane Doan scored twice in the third period for the Coyotes, who were shut out in their three previous games.


    Senators 5, Islanders 3 — Sergei Gonchar scored with one minute left for Ottawa, which netted four goals in the third period and rallied to beat New York in Uniondale, N.Y.

    Gonchar’s second goal of the season came on a blast from the point to make it 4-3, and Guillaume Latendresse added an empty-net goal to seal the win. Jakob Silfverberg and Zack Smith scored in a 68-second span early in the third period to tie the game after the Islanders led, 3-1.

    Panthers 4, Hurricanes 1 — Tomas Fleischmann, Marcel Goc, and Shawn Matthias scored 6:12 apart in the third period to lead Florida past Carolina in Raleigh, N.C.

    Jacob Markstrom stopped 33 shots while flirting with his first career shutout, and Filip Kuba had two assists.

    Rangers 3, Devils 2 — Michael Del Zotto scored a shorthanded goal and set up Rick Nash’s game winner to lead New York over struggling New Jersey in Newark.

    Carl Hagelin also scored and Henrik Lundqvist had 29 saves.

    Canucks 3, Blues 2 — Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist, and Cory Schneider made 32 saves in host Vancouver’s victory over St. Louis.

    Blue Jackets 4, Predators 3 — Sergei Bobrovksy shook off a slap shot to his mask and withstood two late goals, and Mark Letestu had a goal and an assist as host Columbus beat struggling Nashville to extend its franchise-record point streak to 11 games.