NHL Capsules

The Associated Press Published:

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Sidney Crosby scored in his second straight game and added an assist to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Sunday night.

Crosby, who snapped out of a career-long 12-game goal drought Saturday, gave the Penguins some breathing room with a wrist shot by goalie Martin Brodeur early in the third period. It was Crosby's first goal at home since scoring twice in his season debut against the New York Islanders on Nov. 21.

Evgeni Malkin also had a goal and an assist for the Penguins to push his points total to 97, tops in the NHL. Pittsburgh has won 10 straight at Consol Energy Center and moved back within a point of the New York Rangers for the top stop in the Eastern Conference.

Chris Kunitz, Jordan Staal and Pascal Dupuis added goals. Dupuis extended his points streak to a career-best 10 games, the longest active streak in the league.

Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk scored for New Jersey and Brodeur made 23 saves, but couldn't stop the slumping Devils from falling to 1-3-1 in their last five games.

CAPITALS 3, WILD 0

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alex Ovechkin scored his ninth goal in seven games, and Washington pulled back into the final Eastern Conference playoff spot with victory over Minnesota.

Jason Chimera and Mathieu Perrault also scored, and Braden Holtby made 28 saves in his fourth start of the season as the Capitals broke a two-game skid to move back into a tie on points with the Buffalo Sabres, with Washington holding the tiebreaker. The Capitals and Sabres, both with just six games remaining in the regular season, meet in Washington on Tuesday night.

Matt Hackett made 20 saves for the Wild.

PREDATORS 6, BLACKHAWKS 1

CHICAGO (AP) -- Pekka Rinne made 24 saves and Nashville ended Chicago winning streak at five games.

Matt Halischuk, Andrei Kostitsyn, Patric Hornqvist, Francis Bouillon, Shea Weber and Mike Fisher scored for the Predators, who matched their season high with the six goals. Viktor Stalberg had Chicago's lone score.

The victory sends the Predators into fourth place in the Western Conference with 96 points, one ahead of Detroit and four more than the sixth-place Blackhawks. Nashville is now 4-0-1 against Chicago this season.

Nashville's leading scorer Martin Erat, who has tied a career high with 57 points, was scratched with an upper-body injury, although he logged 19 minutes Saturday night in a win over Winnipeg.

And Chicago played its first game without suspended defenseman Duncan Keith. Keith got five games for elbowing Vancouver's Daniel Sedin in the head in the Blackhawks' previous game Wednesday night.

ISLANDERS 3, PANTHERS 2, SO

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Frans Nielsen scored the only goal to lift New York past Florida.

Kyle Okposo and Matt Moulson scored in regulation, and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 33 shots.

Tomas Fleischmann, and Stephen Weiss scored for Florida, and Jose Theodore made 35 saves.

Florida is three points ahead of Washington for the Southeast Division beat.

OILERS 6, BLUE JACKETS 3

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ryan Jones had a goal and two assists, Chris VandeVelde scored his first NHL goal and Edmonton beat Columbus in a matchup of the NHL's worst teams.

Ladislav Smid, Ben Eager, Sam Gagner and Eric Belanger also scored, and Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Whitney each had two assists for the Oilers.

Rick Nash scored on a penalty shot and Mark Letestu and Derick Brassard added for Columbus. The loss assured the Blue Jackets of having the worst record in the NHL this season.