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Penguins beat Flames 4-3 for 7th straight win

December 22, 2013

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby’s 20th goal of the season helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win a season-high seventh straight game, 4-3 over the Calgary Flames in the NHL on Saturday

The Penguins led 4-1 late in the second period and had to hold off the Flames for their 10th straight win at home and 12th victory in their last 13 games.

Crosby had a goal and two assists to extend his season-high points streak to 10 games. He leads the NHL with 54 points. Pascal Dupuis, Harry Zolnierczyk and James Neal also scored.

Mike Cammalleri, Jiri Hudler and Paul Byron scored for Calgary. The Flames have lost four straight and six of their last nine.

The Phoenix Coyotes handed the Ottawa Senators a third straight loss, 4-3 in overtime. Antoine Vermette scored the winner at 2:23 of overtime, completing a hat trick.

Vermette pounced on the loose puck in front of goalie Craig Anderson and pushed it through to the back of the net to beat his former team. Radim Vrbata also scored to help the Coyotes end a three-game losing streak.

Vermette tied it on a power play with 2:13 left in the third period. He took a pass from David Moss and deposited the puck into an empty net behind the fallen Anderson.

Ryan Getzlaf scored three goals and the Anaheim Ducks rallied for their team-record eighth straight win, beating the New York Islanders 5-3.

Down 3-1, the Ducks scored four times in the third period. The Islanders played a spirited first two periods, taking their lead on two goals by Thomas Vanek and another by Frans Nielsen.

But Getzlaf scored his second of the game at 1:10 of the final period and Mathieu Perreault tied it at 10:32.

Kyle Palmieri, who scored the overtime winner Friday night against the New Jersey Devils, found himself in front of Evengi Nabokov with a clear shot at 13:44. The 22-year-old forward, who also scored the winning goal when the Ducks beat the Rangers 2-1 at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 4, knocked in his sixth goal of the season.

Getzlaf completed his hat trick with an empty-net goal.

At Columbus, Ohio, Ryan Johansen and R.J. Umberger each scored two goals and the Columbus Blue Jackets pulled away in the third period to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3.

David Savard had a goal and an assist and Boone Jenner also scored, while Nikita Nikitin and Corey Tropp each had two assists for the Blue Jackets.

The Los Angeles Kings got goals from Jeff Carter and Justin Williams in a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

Martin Jones made 23 saves and stopped all three shots in the shootout to become the second goalie in NHL history to win each of his first eight games.

Also Saturday, the Boston Bruins earned a split of a two-game set with a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres, Daniel Alfredsson scored the shootout winner for Detroit in the Red Wings’ 5-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs and Andy Greene scored 43 seconds into overtime, and Marek Zidlicky had two goals in New Jersey’s comeback 5-4 victory over Washington.

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