PENGUINS 7, SENATORS 3
PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby scored and collected his 800th career assist as the Pittsburgh Penguins ended a six-game losing streak with a 7-3 win over Ottawa on Tuesday night.
Crosby became the 32nd player in NHL history to reach the 800-assist plateau when he earned the secondary assist on Jason Zucker's goal 36 seconds into the third period that put the Penguins up 5-1. The 32-year-old Crosby needed just 980 games to get to 800, the sixth-fastest ever.
Bryan Rust collected his third career hat trick for the Penguins, who tied a season high in goals.
Pittsburgh defenseman John Marino scored 48 seconds into his return after missing 11 games due to facial surgery, giving the Penguins the early lead. Conor Sheary capped off a three-goal first period outburst as Pittsburgh halted the franchise's longest losing streak in more than eight years. Matt Murray finished with 23 saves to win for just the second time in his last seven starts.
Jayce Hawryluk, Brady Tkachuk and Connor Brown scored for the Senators but Ottawa couldn't keep pace with the Penguins.
BRUINS 2, LIGHTNING 1
TAMPA, Fla. — Brad Marchand and NHL-leading Boston took a big stride toward winning the Atlantic Division with a win over Tampa Bay.
Marchand and Jake DeBrusk scored for the Bruins, who opened a nine-point cushion over second-place Tampa Bay in the division standings with 15 games remaining in the regular season.
Tukka Rask made 20 saves for Boston, which has won three consecutive and eight of 10.
Mitchell Stephens scored for Tampa Bay, which has lost five of the past six in regulation. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 33 shots.
BLACKHAWKS 6, DUCKS 2
CHICAGO — Dylan Strome, Alex Nylander and Patrick Kane scored on consecutive shots late in the second period, leading Chicago past Anaheim.
Strome scored twice and added an assist in the rout. Chicago won its third consecutive game while chasing a wild-card playoff spot in the Western Conference. Drake Caggiula and David Kampf also scored for the Blackhawks.
Danton Heinen and Carter Rowney scored for Anaheim, which lost for the sixth time in eight games (2-5-1).
JETS 3, SABRES 1
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Forward Kyle Connor had two goals and an assist to lead Winnipeg over Buffalo.
Connor scored on the power play and at even strength, and he set up a short-handed goal.
Defenseman Tucker Poolman also scored for Winnipeg. Connor Hellebuyck made 25 saves.
Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen scored for Buffalo midway through the second period. Carter Hutton stopped 33 shots.
WILD 3, PREDATORS 1
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Kevin Fiala scored for the fifth consecutive game for Minnesota, this time against his former team, and the Wild beat Nashville to pass the Predators in the Western Conference playoff race.
Luke Kunin and Zach Parise also had goals and Alex Stalock made a season-high 37 saves for the Wild, who have won four times during Fiala's streak.
Craig Smith scored on the power play to end Nashville's scoreless streak at 70:02. The Predators lost their third consecutive game and had a seven-game winning streak against Minnesota snapped.
OILERS 2, STARS 1, OT
DALLAS — Alex Chiasson scored a power-play goal 1:08 into overtime, Mikko Koskinen stopped 42 shots and Edmonton beat Dallas.
The Oilers got a man advantage 36 seconds into the extra period when Esa Lindell was called for tripping after reaching out with his stick in front of the Dallas net. Chiasson's ninth goal of the season, past Anton Khudobin, ended the game soon after that.
Edmonton won its third in a row. Dallas took its second overtime loss in a row.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored in regulation for Edmonton, and John Klingberg scored for Dallas.