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Streaks go on for Penguins, Crosby

Max Talbot, right, moving the puck ahead of the Rangers’ Marian Gaborik, scored 5:10 into the game to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Kris Letang and Chris Conner also scored for Pittsburgh.

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Max Talbot, right, moving the puck ahead of the Rangers’ Marian Gaborik, scored 5:10 into the game to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Kris Letang and Chris Conner also scored for Pittsburgh.

NEW YORK — Sidney Crosby extended his point streak to 13 games and the Penguins won their seventh straight, 3-1 over the Rangers on Monday.

The Penguins, 9-0-1 in their past 10, haven't lost since falling to the Rangers at home in overtime Nov. 15. Their previous loss in regulation was Nov. 11 against Boston. It is the Penguins' longest winning streak since a seven-game run from Oct. 8-23, 2009.

Max Talbot scored in the first period, and goals by Kris Letang and Chris Conner in the second stretched Pittsburgh's lead to 3-0. Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 25 saves to earn his ninth win of the season. Fleury has played in every game of the Penguins' streak except for their previous victory, when Brent Johnson beat Calgary on Saturday.

Crosby assisted on Letang's fifth goal of the season. Crosby has 12 goals and 14 assists during his point streak, the longest in the league this season. He is the league's scoring leader with 41 points, two more than the Lightning's Steven Stamkos.

Marian Gaborik returned from a one-game absence, despite still feeling the effects of the flu, and scored in the second period to cut the Rangers' deficit to 3-1 with his fifth goal. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 24 shots while making his fourth straight start after a two-game rest.

Game highlights: Andrew Cogliano and Gilbert Brule each had a goal and an assist in the third period as the Oilers, tied for next to last in the league, scored four unanswered goals for a 4-1 win over the host Senators. … James Neal scored twice and the Stars won their fourth straight, 4-1 over the host Hurricanes, and moved into first place in the Pacific Division.

Burns funeral: Pat Burns, who coached the Devils to the 2003 Stanley Cup title and voted coach of the year three times, was remembered for his booming voice, big heart and ability to draw the most out of his players. Players, coaches and executives from across hockey gathered for his funeral in Montreal at Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, where a flame near the altar flickered above a miniature Stanley Cup. Burns died of cancer this month at 58.

The entire Devils roster attended the service honoring the police officer turned coach, who also had successful runs in Montreal, Toronto and Boston before coming to the Devils. He is the only coach to be voted coach of the year with three different teams: the Maple Leafs, Canadiens and Bruins. Commissioner Gary Bettman and Quebec Premier Jean Charest also attended.

All-star game voting: The Penguins' Sidney Crosby remained the overall leader after two weeks of fan balloting with 218,791 votes, and the Lightning's Steven Stamkos moved up to third overall and second to Crosby among forwards with 141,818.

Second overall for the Jan. 30 game in Raleigh, N.C., was Canadiens goalie Carey Price with 145,726 votes, all write-ins. Leading the defensemen was the Blackhawks' Duncan Keith (137,642).

Third among forwards was the Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (139,570), and second among defensemen was the Flyers' Chris Pronger (137,549).

Under the game's new format this season, the three forwards, two defensemen and one goalie with the most votes in their categories will be named All-Stars. The NHL Hockey Operations Department will select the remaining 36 players for the game. All the players will then select two captains for each team, and the captains will draft their teams from the remaining players.

Voting can be done at NHL.com, through the league's Facebook page and by texting a player's last name to 81812. Voting ends Jan. 3.

Avalanche: Forward Chris Stewart, the team's goals leader, is out four to six weeks because of a broken left hand sustained in a fight with the Wild's Kyle Brodziak on Saturday. Stewart has 11 goals and is second on the team with 25 points.

Blackhawks: Wing Marian Hossa had to be helped off the ice after a collision with defenseman Nick Boynton during practice. Boynton said he was fine. The team did not issue a statement on Hossa's status.

Bruins: Center Marc Savard, who hasn't played this season because of postconcussion symptoms, told New England Sports Network he wouldn't rule out returning Thursday against the Lightning. Meanwhile, the Bruins traded defenseman Matt Hunwick to the Avalanche for defenseman Colby Cohen, a move general manager Peter Chiarelli said was to clear salary cap space for Savard's return.

Penguins 1 2 0 3
at Rangers 0 1 0 1

First Period1, Pittsburgh, M.Talbot 5 (Dupuis), 5:10. PenaltiesCallahan, NYR (interference), 15:00; Rupp, Pit, major (fighting), 18:18; Prust, NYR, major (fighting), 18:18; Letang, Pit (hooking), 19:05.

Second Period2, Pittsburgh, Letang 5 (Crosby, Dupuis), 12:01. 3, Pittsburgh, Conner 2 (Ty.Kennedy, Goligoski), 13:16. 4, N.Y. Rangers, Gaborik 5 (Rozsival), 16:19. PenaltiesTy.Kennedy, Pit, major (fighting), 13:19; Avery, NYR, major (fighting), 13:19.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesEngelland, Pit (hooking), 5:34; Goligoski, Pit (tripping), 9:13; Crosby, Pit (tripping), 12:03; Prust, NYR (elbowing), 12:03. Shots on GoalPittsburgh 6-14-7—27. N.Y. Rangers 8-6-12—26. Power-play opportunitiesPittsburgh 0 of 1; N.Y. Rangers 0 of 3. GoaliesPittsburgh, Fleury 9-6-1 (26 shots-25 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 9-9-1 (27-24). A18,200 (18,200).

Stars 1 2 1 4
at Hurricanes 0 1 0 1

First Period1, Dallas, Neal 9 (Eriksson, Woywitka), 10:50. PenaltiesSkrastins, Dal (tripping), 3:50.

Second Period2, Dallas, Ott 5 (Benn, Daley), 2:46. 3, Dallas, Neal 10 (Grossman), 4:19. 4, Carolina, E.Staal 12, 7:57. PenaltiesWoywitka, Dal (high-sticking), :34; Ruutu, Car (hooking), 7:16; Ribeiro, Dal (high-sticking), 7:24; Pitkanen, Car (hooking), 8:57; Neal, Dal (hooking), 9:32; Ruutu, Car (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:32; Pitkanen, Car (cross-checking), 15:06; Skrastins, Dal (hooking), 18:49.

Third Period5, Dallas, Benn 6 (Morrow, Ribeiro), 3:21. PenaltiesDaley, Dal (roughing), 6:24; Ott, Dal (roughing), 6:24; Burish, Dal (unsportsmanlike conduct), 6:24; Gleason, Car, double minor (roughing), 6:24. Shots on GoalDallas 10-13-10—33. Carolina 12-5-11—28. Power-play opportunitiesDallas 0 of 3; Carolina 0 of 4. GoaliesDallas, Lehtonen 12-7-1 (28 shots-27 saves). Carolina, Ward 10-8-2 (33-29). A15,382 (18,680).

Oilers 0 1 3 4
at Senators 1 0 0 1

First Period1, Ottawa, Foligno 1 (Neil), 6:30. PenaltiesWhitney, Edm (high-sticking), 3:22; Gagner, Edm (tripping), 7:11; Horcoff, Edm (hooking), 17:29.

Second Period2, Edmonton, Gilbert 4 (Gagner), 18:39 (pp). PenaltiesWinchester, Ott (high-sticking), 3:29; Regin, Ott (delay of game), 8:55; Winchester, Ott (hooking), 13:14; Neil, Ott (tripping), 17:06.

Third Period3, Edmonton, Cogliano 3 (Brule, Penner), 4:19. 4, Edmonton, Brule 4 (Cogliano, Penner), 12:48. 5, Edmonton, Hall 6 (Horcoff, Eberle), 18:05 (en). PenaltiesFoligno, Ott (boarding), 5:02. Shots on GoalEdmonton 7-10-8—25. Ottawa 11-5-7—23. Power-play opportunitiesEdmonton 1 of 5; Ottawa 0 of 3. GoaliesEdmonton, Gerber 2-0-0 (23 shots-22 saves). Ottawa, Elliott 10-8-0 (24-21). A17,002 (19,153).

Streaks go on for Penguins, Crosby 11/29/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 29, 2010 11:13pm]
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