SIDNEY CROSBY scored the tying goal in the third period and then won it with a brilliant individual effort 3:44 into overtime as the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Islanders last night, 3-2.

Crosby, who tied it with a power-play goal with 12 minutes left in regulation, stole the puck from Thomas Vanek just outside the New York blue line, streaked down the middle between two defensemen and jammed a backhander past Anders Nilsson for his 15th goal.

New York has dropped seven straight (0-5-2).

The Penguins (19-9-1) moved one point ahead of idle Boston atop the Eastern Conference with their fourth straight win, all on a perfect road trip.

In other games

* At Washington, Jeff Skinner had two goals and an assist, Justin Peters stopped 26 shots and the Carolina Hurricanes cruised past the Capitals, 4-1.

* At Columbus, Nick Foligno scored a highlight-reel goal in the second period and Sergei Bobrovsky and Curtis McElhinney made it stand up as the Blue Jackets beat Tampa Bay, 1-0.

* At Toronto, Mike Brown had a goal against his former team and Joe Thornton scored on a 5-on-3 power play, leading San Jose to a 4-2 victory over the Maple Leafs for their sixth straight win.

* At Sunrise, Fla., Colin Greening scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period and Craig Anderson stopped 30 shots, leading the Ottawa Senators over the Florida Panthers, 4-2.

* At Chicago, Kari Lehtonen had a season-high 47 saves, Antoine Roussel converted a penalty shot in the third period and the Dallas Stars snapped the Blackhawks' six-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory.

* At Edmonton, Mikkel Boedker and Mike Ribeiro each had a goal and two assists as the Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Oilers, 6-2.

* At Nashville, Ryan Kesler scored a pair of third period goals, leading the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-1 victory over the Predators.

* At Anaheim, Martin Jones made 26 saves and stopped all nine shootout attempts to win his NHL debut, and Dwight King scored the only shootout goal in the Los Angeles Kings' 3-2 victory over the Ducks.