Thursday, December 23, 2010

Crosby, Crawford continue to shine

Like a broken record
Stop me if you've heard this before, but Sidney Crosby scored and Pittsburgh won again.

Crosby's 28th goal of the season, extending his points streak to 22, was one of three first-period goals scored by the Penguins en route to a 5-2 win over Florida. Mark Letestu and Matt Cooke also scored, chasing Tomas Vokoun early from the game.

If you own Ben Lovejoy in a fantasy league, he did wonders for you, scoring his first career goal and also getting into a fight. And, seriously, if you own Lovejoy, what the hell is wrong with you?

Pascal Dupuis scored an empty net goal and Chris Kunitz tallied two assists for Pittsburgh. Brent Johnson started the game and made 20 saves through two periods before leaving with an injury. Marc-Andre Fleury made 15 saves in the third period.

Stephen Weiss and Bryan McCabe scored for the Panthers.

Skille, Crawford lead Blackhawks over Predators
In one swoop, Chicago jumped from ninth to sixth in the West.

Jack Skille scored a pair of goals and Corey Crawford further cemented his status as Chicago's number one goalie by making 24 saves to guide the Blackhawks over Nashville, 4-1. Dave Bolland had a goal and assist, Bryan Bickell scored and Duncan Keith posted two assists.

Sergei Kostitsyn scored for the Predators.

In overtime
--Dwayne Roloson made 34 saves - 15 in the first period - and John Tavares scored late in overtime to give the Islanders a surprising 2-1 win over Tampa Bay. Tavares also assisted on P.A. Parenteau's goal and Andrew MacDonald had two assists.
--Henrik Zetterberg's second goal and third point of the game came with 2:01 left in overtime and gave Detroit a 5-4 win over Vancouver. Brian Rafalski posted three assists and Jimmy Howard made 35 saves for the Red Wings. Ryan Kesler led the Canucks with three helpers.

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