Sidney Crosby hit his own rebound from the air and into the net 19 seconds into overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins hit the devils 4-3 Thursday night and denied New Jersey has ended the four-game season
Kris Letang stole Taylor Hall in the opening seconds in the Pittsburgh zone and sent Crosby into the half-time break. His first shot hit the goalpost, but then the star caught his hands and knocked the puck out of the air. Crosby extended his goal difference to five games, including a similar goal against Montreal last Wednesday, when Crosby once juggled the puck on his stick and slammed him just below the shoulder.
Conor Sheary, Letang and Patric Hornqvist also scored goals for the penguins. Matt Murray made 28 saves.
Kyle Palmieri, Hall and Blake Coleman scored for the Devils, who had a three-game winning streak. Former Union College runner-up Keith Kinkaid has only won 31 times in his last 16 decisions (12-3-1).
Bruins 4, Lightning 2: Patrice Bergeron scored a goal and two assists and Boston took first place in the Eastern Conference with a win over Tampa Bay. Tim Schaller and David Pastrnak scored in the last minute of the first half in 32 seconds and Brad Marchand scored an empty goal 56 seconds before the end. Tuukka Rask stopped 26 shots for the Bruins, who have 107 points and lead Tampa Bay by one point.
Red Wings 6, Sabers 3: Anthony Mantha scored his team-leading 24th goal and Detroit scored an eleven-game-straight losing streak. Dylan Larkin, Darren Helm, Andreas Athanasiou and Danny DeKeyser also met for Detroit Jack Eichel, Ryan O. Reilly and Evan Rodrigues scored for Buffalo. Sabers goalie Robin Lehner was drawn for the second game in a row after three goals with 20 shots through two periods.
Senators 3, Panther 2 (OT): Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored an Ottawa over-shooting over Florida. The Panthers fell three points behind New Jersey with a game in hand for the last wild card in the Eastern Conference.
Predators 5, Sharks 3: Ryan Ellis scored the go-ahead goal with 9:54 left and Nashville beat San Jose to set a franchise record with 111 points this season. With their 50th win, the NHL-winning Predators have pushed their lead four points ahead of Boston to hunt for their first Presidents ™ Trophy.
Wild 5, Stars 2: Matt Dumba scored two assists in Minnesota on a power play three days after the second half, and the Wilde moved one point closer in the playoffs.
Blackhawks 6, Jets 2: Emergency goalkeeper Scott Foster played the last 14 minutes after Chicago lost to Anton Forsberg and Collin Delia for injuries, closing down the Blackhawks' win over Winnipeg.