Penguins stop skid at 6



December 30, 2005

Sidney Crosby had his second two-goal game in three games and host Pittsburgh's other active No. 1 draft pick, Marc-Andre Fleury, turned aside 44 shots in another strong game as the Penguins ended a six-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils last night.

Michel Therrien got his first victory as Pittsburgh's coach after 15 days and four consecutive one-goal losses. He got a lot of help from defenseman Ric Jackman, who had been a healthy scratch in three of the Penguins' previous six games.

Jackman scored the Penguins' first goal - only the 10th time in 36 games they've scored the opening goal - and helped set up Crosby's 17th goal late in the first period during an infrequent multigoal win for a team that went into the game with a league-low eight victories.

Tomas Surovy also scored twice for Pittsburgh, which had lost 12 of 13 and were winless since beating the Colorado Avalanche on Dec. 10.

Flyers 4, Hurricanes 3 -- Sami Kapanen scored in overtime for the second straight game after NHL goal leader Simon Gagne tied it midway through the third period to lift visiting Philadelphia. About 90 seconds into the extra period, Kapanen had a shot blocked by Niclas Wallin, then eluded his defender to corral the rebound and put it past goalie Cam Ward to give the Flyers their sixth straight victory on the road.

Coyotes 6, Kings 5 -- Keith Ballard scored a short-handed goal, his second of the game, with 1:08 left in overtime to give host Phoenix its second straight victory since coach Wayne Gretzky returned to the team after his mother's death.

Maple Leafs 4, Sabres 3 -- Alexei Ponikarovsky scored in regulation and again in a shootout to help host Toronto win its fourth straight game. The Sabres had won 17 of their previous 20 games and 10 of their past 11 on the road.

Stars 3, Blues 0 -- Marty Turco made 17 saves for his third shutout of the season and 24th of his career, and Bill Guerin, Sergei Zubov and Jere Lehtinen had power-play goals for host Dallas.

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