Penguins Blue Jackets Hockey

Sidney Crosby, second from right, celebrates one of his three goals with Jake Guentzel, left, Evgeni Malkin and Bryan Rust during Pittsburgh’s 5-2 win Friday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Paul Vernon/Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sidney Crosby notched his 15th career hat trick and added an assist to lead Pittsburgh over the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 Friday night for the Penguins’ fourth straight win.

Biddeford’s Brian Dumoulin had a goal and two assists, Mike Matheson added a goal and an assist, and Bryan Rust had two assists for Pittsburgh, which has won 15 of its last 17 games.

Gus Nyquist and Boone Jenner scored for the Blue Jackets, who have lost four of their last five home games.

HURRICANES 6, RANGERS 3: Tony DeAngelo had a goal and two assists against his former team as Carolina beat visiting New York.

Sebastian Aho also had a goal and two assists, while Vincent Trocheck, Seth Jarvis, Jesper Fast – another former Ranger – and Nino Niederreiter also scored in the first meeting of the season between the top two teams in the Metropolitan Division.

Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider each had a power-play goal and an assist for the Rangers.


ISLANDERS 4, COYOTES 0: Ilya Sorokin stopped 17 shots for his fourth shutout of the season, Brock Nelson scored twice and New York won at home.

Scott Mayfield had a goal and an assist, and Austin Czarnik also scored to help the Islanders get their third straight win and seventh in their last nine (7-1-1).


DUCKS: Coach Dallas Eakins was not be behind the bench for Friday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning after testing positive for COVID-19. Assistant coach Mike Stothers will run things in Eakins’ absence.

Eakins is the third member of Anaheim’s coaching staff in the NHL’s health and safety protocols, joining assistants Geoff Ward and Joe Piscotty. The Ducks also have four players in protocols – defensemen Cam Fowler and Josh Manson, right wing Troy Terry and backup goaltender Anthony Stolarz.

Terry, who was voted into the All-Star game earlier this week, has missed three games. Goalie John Gibson, Anaheim’s other All-Star selection, returned Wednesday after missing five games due to COVID-19.

“It’s not the ideal situation, but every team has dealt with it. We’re just going to do the best we can and weather the storm,” Stothers said.

Anaheim was leading the Pacific Division in late December but has dropped four straight and gone 2-7-1 in its last 10 games. The Ducks are tied for second in the division with the Los Angeles Kings at 45 points.

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