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Crosby gets 700th assist, Pens top Habs

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) Sidney Crosby doesn't really have an explanation for how he does what he does. He just does it.

So if you're looking for clarity on how the Pittsburgh Penguins star managed to knock a pass from Jake Guentzel out of the air , deflect it forward to the front of his stick before tapping it by one of the best goaltenders on the planet to spark his team to a 5-3 win over Montreal, look elsewhere.

"You try to finish plays out in practice," Crosby said after the 406th goal of his career, one unlike the 405 that came before it. "Sometimes it works out that you can do it in the game and sometimes it doesn't. Fortunately, it did today."


Schwartz lifts Blues over Bruins in OT

ST. LOUIS (AP) Jaden Schwartz and the St. Louis Blues waited most of the season for some late-game magic.

They finally found it.


Ducks blank Flames, extend streak to 4

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) John Gibson stopped 29 shots to lead the Anaheim Ducks over the Calgary Flames 4-0 on Wednesday night.

Gibson earned his fourth shutout of the season and 16th of his career. He is 12-3-1 in his last 16 starts.


Keller sets Coyotes' rookie mark in win

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Clayton Keller and the Arizona Coyotes' youth were too much in providing the Sabres a sobering reminder of why Buffalo belongs at the bottom of the NHL standings.

Keller set up two goals to set the franchise record for points in a season by a rookie, and fellow rookie Dylan Strome scored in a 4-1 victory Wednesday night.


GMs request revised interference system

Coach's challenges for goaltender interference and the ensuing arguments aren't going away.

There will just be a new place to direct the complaints.


Hurricanes shut down Pesce, Rask

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes say defenseman Brett Pesce and forward Victor Rask will miss the rest of the season with shoulder injuries.

Team spokesman Mike Sundheim announced the injuries Wednesday. Carolina recalled defenseman Roland McKeown from its AHL affiliate in Charlotte on an emergency basis.


US women's star joining NHL Network

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) Olympic gold medalist Monique Lamoureux-Morando will make her debut as an NHL Network studio analyst on Friday.

The network announced Wednesday she will join Kevin Weekes and Tony Luftman on "NHL Tonight." The three-time Olympian scored the tying goal against Canada to help the U.S. team capture the gold medal last month in South Korea. Twin sister Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored the game-winning goal in the overtime shootout. Both recently discussed the gold-medal effort in studio at the NHL Network.


Blackhawks' decade-long playoff run ends

CHICAGO (AP) What was left of the United Center crowd was mostly quiet while the final seconds of an era ticked off Tuesday night. There was no big rally for the Chicago Blackhawks. No final charge.

It's over.


Panarin nets 3, Jackets' win streak at 9

NEW YORK (AP) Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky have the surging Columbus Blue Jackets in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Panarin had three goals and an assist, Bobrovsky made 29 saves and the Blue Jackets extended their winning streak to nine games with a 5-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.


Jets set franchise wins mark, Laine hurt

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice used a joke to ease any panic regarding an injury to Patrik Laine.

Kyle Connor scored his second goal of the game 1:37 into overtime to lift Winnipeg over the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Tuesday night despite losing Laine to a lower-body injury.

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