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Sidney Crosby isn’t the perennial Hart Trophy/Art Ross Trophy candidate he once was, but even at the age of 34 he can still play at an extremely high level. He had yet another night to remember on Friday, leading the Penguins to a 5-2 victory over Columbus with a hat trick and an assist. That was his 15th career hat trick, including three that happened in the postseason.
He’s been on a roll lately, recording at least a point in four straight games and at least a goal in each of his last three. At this point he’s up to 10 goals and 31 points in 28 games. Remarkably, he’s finished with more than a point-per-game in every season of his career and at this rate he’ll continue that trend for a 17th straight campaign.
Meanwhile, the Penguins have won a fourth straight game and are now 25-10-5. With roughly half the season in the books, they’re in a strong position in the playoff race and from there, who knows. Certainly Crosby and the Penguins can’t be dismissed.
CAROLINA 6 NY RANGERS 3
Sebastian Aho scored the game-winning goal and registered two assists. He has 17 goals and 42 points in 34 games.
Tony DeAngelo also had a goal and two assists for Carolina. He’s up to seven goals and 31 points in 30 contests.
Frederik Andersen stopped 20 of 23 shots last night. He allowed two goals on nine shots in the third period, but the Hurricanes had built up a big enough lead at that point that the Rangers didn’t come close to completing their comeback.
Chris Kreider found the back of the net and registered an assist for the Rangers. That gives him 26 goals and 38 points in 41 contests.
Alexandar Georgiev stopped 29 of 35 Hurricanes shots. He faced two power-play shots and was beaten on both of them.
PITTSBURGH 5 COLUMBUS 2
Sidney Crosby came up huge for the Penguins, scoring a hat trick and registering an assist. He’s up to 10 goals and 31 points in 28 games.
Brian Dumoulin also had a big night with a goal and two assists for Pittsburgh. That gives him three goals and 13 points in 35 contests.
Gustav Nyquist netted a shorthanded goal for the Blue Jackets. It was his 10th goal and 21st point in 38 contests.
Joonas Korpisalo turned aside 26 of 30 Penguins shots. The game was actually 2-2 going through 40 minutes, but Korpisalo was beaten twice on seven shots in the third frame. The final Penguins goal was scored on an empty net.
DALLAS 5 DETROIT 4 (OT)
Roope Hintz contributed the overtime winner and registered an assist. He’s up to 17 goals and 32 points in 36 contests in 2021-22. Five of his goals this season have been game winners.
Joe Pavelski assisted on three of Dallas’ five goals. He’s contributed three straight multi-point games, bringing him up to 16 goals and 43 points in 38 contests.
Tyler Bertuzzi found the back of the net and recorded two assists for the Red Wings. He has 19 goals and 35 points in 33 contests.
Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 27 of 32 Stars shots. He has a 12-10-5 record, 2.78 GAA, and .916 save percentage in 29 games.
At the other end of the ice Braden Holtby saved 24 of 28 shots. He’s allowed four goals in each of his last two games.
NY ISLANDERS 4 ARIZONA 0
Ilya Sorokin only needed to stop 17 shots to earn the shutout. He only faced four shots in the first and third periods. He’s 11-7-5 with a 2.26 GAA and .928 save percentage in 23 starts.
Shayne Gostisbehere tied for Arizona’s team-high with three shots on Sorokin. Gostisbehere also blocked a shot in 19:12 minutes of ice time.
Brock Nelson scored a pair of goals for the Islanders. He’s up to 13 goals and 17 points in 24 contests.
Scott Mayfield scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He has two goals and nine points in 33 games.
Scott Wedgewood stopped 31 of 35 Islanders shots. With the Coyotes already down 2-0 through 40 minutes, they were completely outplayed in the third frame, being outshot 21-4. Under that onslaught, Wedgewood did his best to prevent this game from devolving into a complete embarrassment.
MINNESOTA 5 CHICAGO 1
The Wild jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period with Ryan Hartman scoring two goals over that frame. He has 18 goals and 32 points in 36 games.
Marcus Foligno also contributed a goal and an assist for the Wild. He’s up to 15 goals and 25 points in 36 contests.
Dylan Strome scored the Blackhawks’ lone goal. It was his fourth goal and 11th point in 27 games.
Kaapo Kahkonen saved 35 of 36 shots on Friday. He has an 8-2-2 record, 2.45 GAA, and .923 save percentage in 13 contests.
FLORIDA 2 VANCOUVER 1 (SO)
Spencer Knight stopped 27 of 28 shots in regulation time. He was beaten once in three shootout rounds, which was good enough to get the win.
Spencer Martin saved 33 of 34 shots prior to the skills competition. He then surrendered two goals on three shootout rounds and consequently missed the extra point.
Aleksander Barkov scored the deciding goal in the shootout. He didn’t score during the game proper, though he did record four shots.
Sam Reinhart scored the Panthers’ regulation time goal. He has 12 goals and 35 points in 38 games.
Alex Chiasson found the back of the net for Vancouver. It was his fourth goal and seventh point in 31 contests.
ANAHEIM 5 TAMPA BAY 1
John Gibson saved 32 of 33 Lightning shots. Tampa Bay had seven power-play opportunities and fired nine shots on Gibson with the advantage, but the Lightning didn’t manage to score any power-play goals.
Ross Colton scored the Lightning’s only goal. He has six goals and 17 points in 39 contests.
Derek Grant netted two goals for the Ducks. He’s up to six goals and 10 points in 37 games.
Vinni Lettieri found the back of the net and registered an assist for Tampa Bay. That gives him four goals and seven points in 15 contests.
Andrei Vasilevskiy turned aside 30 of 34 shots Friday night. That brought his four-game winning streak to an end.
ST. LOUIS 5 SEATTLE 0
Ville Husso kicked out all 27 Kraken shots. He improved to 7-2-1 with a 2.02 GAA and .938 save percentage in 11 starts.
Will Borgen recorded a game-high nine hits. The Kraken defenseman has 25 hits in 12 contests.
Tyler Bozak netted a shorthanded goal at 5:54 of the first period and that marker ended up being the game winner. It was his second goal and eight points in 33 games.
Brayden Schenn also found the back of the net for St. Louis. He’s up to eight goals and 17 points in 24 contests.
Joey Daccord stopped 26 of 31 shots last night. He has a 0-3-0 record, 4.13 GAA, and .858 save percentage in four games.