NHL Wrap: Crosby, Penguins stay hot

NHL Wrap: Crosby, Penguins stay hot
October 16, 2013, 12:30 am
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Sidney Crosby had three assists in the Penguins' win as Pittsburgh improved to 5-1-0. (USA Today Images).

PITTSBURGH -- Evgeni Malkin stood in the right circle just watching the play unfold in front of him when the puck suddenly materialized on his stick with nary a soul around.

The empty net never had a chance.

The Pittsburgh Penguins center wristed his second goal of the season 7:20 into the third period to put the Penguins in front for good in a 3-2 win over Edmonton on Tuesday night.

"Tough angle, great shot by Geno," Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby said. "He's been getting chances, it's always nice to see them go in," (see full recap).

Avalanche top Stars, improve to 6-0
DENVER -- Matt Duchene scored twice and Semyon Varlamov stopped 39 shots, helping the Colorado Avalanche hold off the Dallas Stars 3-2 Tuesday night to improve to 6-0 in Patrick Roy's first season on the bench.

Jan Hejda also scored as the Avs moved within a win of tying the franchise's best start. The organization was 7-0 in 1985-86 as the Quebec Nordiques.

By winning six straight, Roy ties the NHL record for victories to start a coaching career. He shares the mark with Mario Tremblay, who won his first six games with Montreal in 1995-96, a team Roy played for before being traded to the Avalanche later that season.

Rich Peverley and Cody Eakin had goals for the Stars, who outshot the Avs 41-26 in dropping their second straight game on the road (see full recap).

Sharks beat Blues to stay unbeaten
ST. LOUIS -- Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks won the matchup of unbeaten teams.

But the Sharks had more pressing concerns for teammate Dan Boyle.

Thornton had a goal and three assists and Patrick Marleau had a goal and two assists and the Sharks downed the St. Louis Blues 6-2 Tuesday night (see full recap).

Sabres end skid with first win
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Ryan Miller and the rest of the Buffalo Sabres were still working hard even when it appeared their season-opening losing streak was about to reach a club-record eight games.

Often beaten - but not beaten down - the Sabres mustered a late comeback to get to overtime and then topped the New York Islanders in a shootout to win 4-3 on Tuesday night.

"It's good to finally get a win," a relieved Miller said. "Gives us a chance to feel good for a while, and hopefully we can build," (see full recap).

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