PITTSBURGH PENGUINS Sidney Crosby returns to the bench after scoring during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS Sidney Crosby returns to the bench after scoring during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

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Sidney Crosby ignited a rally with a highlight-reel goal and became the third active player with 700 assists in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 5-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.

Crosby scored his 24th goal when he knocked a pass from Jake Guentzel out of the air, deflected it toward the front of his stick and smacked it by Carey Price to tie it at 3 late in the second period.

Jonathan Drouin, Nikita Scherbak and Jacob de la Rose scored for the Canadiens. They have lost nine of their last 10 games. Price made 34 stops in his first start in a month due to a concussion.

Coyotes 4, Sabres 1

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Clayton Keller had two assists to break the Arizona record for points by a rookie in the Coyotes’ victory over Buffalo in a matchup of the NHL’s two worst teams.

Rookie Dylan Strome scored in his first game after being called up from the minors. Derek Stepan had a goal and assist, and Richard Panik and Max Domi, with an empty-netter, also scored.

Jordan Nolan scored for Buffalo.

Ducks 4, Flames 0

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — John Gibson stopped 29 shots to lead Anaheim over Calgary.

Gibson earned his fourth shutout of the season and 16th of his career. He is 12-3- 1 in his last 16 starts.

Mike Smith started in goal for Calgary but was replaced after allowing three goals on 11 shots. Rookie David Rittich stopped four of the five shots he faced.


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