Crosby extends streak in Penguins' win

Sidney Crosby scored twice during a four-point night to extend his scoring streak to 25 games, and the Pittsburgh Penguins won their final home game before the Winter Classic by beating the Atlanta Thrashers, 6-3, on Tuesday night.

Crosby twice answered Thrashers goals by scoring in the first period, then set up Chris Kunitz's goal nine seconds into the third period and another by Matt Cooke. Craig Adams also scored shorthanded for Pittsburgh, which has won 16 of 19.

Crosby is the first NHL player to have a streak this long since Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux's 28-game run to begin the 1995-96 season, according to Stats LLC.

Elsewhere: Semyon Varlamov made 25 saves, and Alex Ovechkin was one of three goal scorers for the host Washington Capitals in a 3-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. . . . Mark Recchi scored a power-play goal with 19.7 seconds left in the third period to lift the visiting Boston Bruins past the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3.

Sutter quits as GM of Flames

Darryl Sutter has resigned as general manager of the Calgary Flames. The NHL team said Tuesday that assistant GM Jay Feaster would be the acting general manager. The Flames are fourth in the Northwest Division with 35 points.

Sutter was hired as general manager in 2003, a few months after becoming the coach. He gave up his coaching job in 2006 to concentrate on the front office. He was also the team's executive vice president.

Canadiens bolster their blue line

The Montreal Canadiens shored up their defense, acquiring James Wisniewski from the New York Islanders for a pair of draft picks.

New York received Montreal's second-round selection in 2011 and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2012 in the trade.

The 26-year-old Wisniewski played in 32 of the Islanders' 34 games this season. He was the team's top-scoring defenseman with 21 points (three goals, 18 assists).

Wisniewski has 118 points (20-98) in 286 career NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, and the Islanders.

- Associated Press