Crosby, Pens Beat ‘Canes and Other Icy New
(AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets currently own the fourth-longest winning streak in NHL history, but they are looking up at the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Metropolitan Division standings.
Sidney Crosby notched his league-high 26th goal and Carl Hagelin provided the tiebreaking tally with 4:15 remaining to lead the Pens past Carolina, 3-2. Crosby has moved into a tie with Edmonton's Connor McDavid for the NHL scoring lead with 42 points despite missing the Penguins' first six games with a concussion. The Pittsburgh captain trailed McDavid by nine points when Crosby made his season debut.
The Penguins have won three straight and four of five to move one point ahead of Columbus. However, the Jackets have four games in hand.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— Tampa Bay crawled out of a two-goal hole and beat Montreal, 4-3 on Tyler Johnson's goal 1:36 into overtime. Goals by Victor Hedman and Ondrej Palat erased the Canadiens' 3-1 lead before Johnson netted his second of the night to send Montreal to its third straight loss.
— Robby Fabbri got a hat trick and the St. Louis Blues scored four straight goals in the third period to beat Philadelphia, 6-3. The Flyers led 3-2 until David Perron and Scottie Upshall scored 80 seconds apart to help the Blues improve to 12-1-4 at home.
— Mitch Marner scored in the third round of a shootout to give Toronto a 3-2 win at Florida. Rookie Auston Matthews got his 17th goal and had an assist to support Frederik Andersen, who stopped 45 shots and blanked the Panthers in the shootout.
— Loui Eriksson and Henrik Sedin provided Vancouver's goals in a 2-1 triumph against Los Angeles. Ryan Miller turned back 36 shots and was perfect until Tanner Pearson made it a one-goal game with 3:17 left.
Blackhawks agree to extension with Panarin
UNDATED (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin has agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract extension that runs through the 2018-19 season.
The reigning Calder Trophy winner has 114 points in 117 NHL games, including 15 goals and 22 assists in 37 games this season. Panarin made the team out of training camp last season and delivered 30 goals and 77 points as a rookie.
Kings put Toffoli on IR
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have placed forward Tyler Toffoli on injured reserve. He's already missed two games with a lower-body injury and will miss at least three more, leaving the team without its No. 2 scorer.