Sidney Crosby matched the second-longest NHL scoring streak in 18 years at 22 games with his first-period goal as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the visiting Florida Panthers, 5-2, on Wednesday night. Crosby scored for the 28th time this season and 22d time during the streak 7:44 into the game, giving the Penguins a lead they wouldn't relinquish. He fired a slap shot while skating down the left wing that beat Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun to the far side.
Elsewhere: John Tavares scored 3:23 into overtime for the host New York Islanders, who snapped the Tampa Bay Lightning's four-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory. . . . Henrik Zetterberg's second goal of the game at 2:59 of overtime gave the Detroit Red Wings a 5-4 win over the visiting Vancouver Canucks. . . . Jack Skille scored two goals, rookie Corey Crawford made 24 saves, and the host Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Nashville Predators, 4-1, for their third straight win.
A frustrated Toronto Maple Leafs fan who threw waffles on the ice at the Air Canada Centre will have to admire his team from afar. Joseph Robb was charged with criminal mischief and barred from the arena for throwing waffles on the ice during Monday's Maple Leafs game to protest the team's performance this season. The 12-17-4 Leafs were 28th out of the NHL's 30 teams entering Wednesday's games. Robb, of Oakville, Ontario, says he's "just a normal Leafs fan, I love them to death." Evidently he shows that love with waffles. They're not just for breakfast anymore.
The Phoenix Coyotes have recalled left wing Mikkel Boedker from San Antonio of the AHL and placed left wing Taylor Pyatt on injured reserve with an upper-body injury.