Penguins whip Maple Leafs for 11th straight win

Sidney Crosby scored twice for his fourth multiple-goal game in the last six outings as the Penguins won their 11th in a row by beating the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-2, Wednesday in Pittsburgh. The Penguins, 12-0-1 since last losing on Nov. 10, are on the second-longest winning streak in franchise history.

Their longest run was an NHL-record 17-game streak in 1993.

Elsewhere: Colin Wilson, Martin Erat, and J.P. Dumont scored and Anders Lindback made 35 saves to help the Nashville Predators hand the Red Wings their third straight loss, 3-2, in Detroit. . . . Chicago beat the visiting Dallas Stars, 5-3.

Stars' Lehtinen announces retirement

Jere Lehtinen officially retired from the NHL, ending a 14-season career spent with the Dallas Stars. Lehtinen, 37, a five-time Olympian, is the only Finnish player to win a Stanley Cup and a gold medal at the World Championships. - Inquirer wire services