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Crosby leads Pens to win

Sidney Crosby's effort late in regulation and in overtime helped the Penguins down the Islanders.

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.