NHL Roundup: Penguins edge Rangers, 4-3

NEW YORK (AP) — Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist in regulation and then got the clinching goal in the shootout to lift Pittsburgh to a 4-3 win over the New York Rangers on Friday night, snapping the Penguins’ four-game skid.

Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust also scored for Pittsburgh, and Matt Murray stopped 30 shots for his 29th win of the season. With the win, the Penguins topped their point total last season en route to winning the Stanley Cup.

Chris Kreider tied the score with 11.6 seconds left in the third period to force overtime. Nick Holden had a goal and an assist, Rick Nash also scored and J.T. Miller added two assists for the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist finished with 32 saves as New York fell to 0-5-3 at home since beating Washington on Feb. 19.

Phil Kessel also scored in the tiebreaker for the Penguins, and Murray stopped Mika Zibanejad and Mats Zuccarello.

The Penguins improved to 5-1-2 in their past eight road games and secured a winning road record away from home for the 11th consecutive season.

Guentzel, back after missing the previous four games with a concussion, tallied a power-play goal to open up the scoring late in the first period. Crosby assisted on the play and passed Jaromir Jagr to claim sole possession of second place on Pittsburgh’s all-time assists list with 641.

Lundqvist, winless in his first three appearances after missing eight games with a hip strain earlier this month, looked sharp early on as he stopped 14 of 15 shots in the first period.

However, Crosby banked a shot off Lundqvist’s mask from behind the goal line early in the second period to give Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead with his league-leading 43rd goal.

Holden’s power-play goal with 27 seconds left in the second pulled the Rangers within one with his career-high 11th.

Rust got his 14th of the season 6:46 into the third to give Pittsburgh a 3-1 lead. Ian Cole picked up his 21st assist on the score.

Nash pulled the Rangers back within one just 2:14 later, scoring his 23rd of the season.

Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh did not play and missed his second contest of the season. Before the game, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said it was “nothing serious.”

The Penguins and Rangers will meet again in the regular-season finale April 9 at Madison Square Garden.

Islanders 2, Devils 1

NEW YORK — Anders Lee and Anthony Beauvillier scored to help the New York Islanders preserve their slim playoff chances with a victory over the New Jersey Devils.

Jaroslav Halak stopped 26 shots as the Islanders pulled four points behind Boston for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.

New York won at home for the first time since beating the Devils here on Feb. 19, going 0-4-1 at Barclays Center in between.

Halak has won both starts since being called up from AHL Bridgeport on March 23.

The Islanders might have suffered a big injury as captain John Tavares left the game late in the third period. Tavares fell awkwardly with 3:14 left while chasing a puck behind the Devils net, and immediately began clutching his left leg. He was helped off the ice and to the dressing room.

Adam Henrique scored and Keith Kincaid had 36 saves for the Devils, who are 2-13-4 in their last 19 games.

By Paul Wager

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