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19-year-old Crosby reaches milestone in Pittsburgh's win

Associated Press • Mar 11, 2007 at 10:12 AM

PITTSBURGH - Sidney Crosby scored a milestone game-tying goal but was relegated to hearing the crowd roar for the game-winner from the locker room.

Colby Armstrong scored 1:19 into overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins came back from a two-goal, third-period deficit to beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Saturday.

Crosby had tied the game at 2 for his 100th point of the season with 13:04 to play, becoming the youngest player in NHL history with two 100-point seasons. But equipment problems sent him to the locker room after regulation.

"It sucks," the 19-year-old Crosby said of having to miss overtime. "I have a lot of trust in the guys, but I want to be out there, especially in overtime ... and I'm just sitting there. It's hard just watching."

Armstrong made it a pleasant watch, however, by scoring his third overtime goal this season, tying a team record. Evgeni Malkin added a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh, which has come from behind in each of its past five victories.

Karel Rachunek and Matt Cullen scored for the Rangers, who have earned at least a point in each of their past six games.

Crosby, who does not turn 20 until Aug. 7, scored on the power play three minutes after the Penguins cut the lead to 2-1. He was standing to the right of Henrik Lundqvist when he gloved a Marek Malkin shot that was wide of the net. He set the puck down and smacked it behind Lundqvist for his 28th goal of the season.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Marc- Andre Bergeron and Andy Hilbert each had a goal and assist, and New York got back on the winning track by beating slumping Washington.

The Islanders, playing their first game without suspended forward Chris Simon, sent the Capitals to their fifth regulation loss in seven games (0-5-2).

Mike Sillinger and Jason Blake also scored for the Islanders, who moved three points ahead of Carolina and the playoff cutoff in the Eastern Conference. Rick DiPietro stopped 26 shots to reach 30 wins for the second straight season.

Blake sealed it with an empty-netter for the Islanders, who have earned points in 19 of 22 games (13-3-6).

Alex Ovechkin and Donald Brashear scored 1:49 apart in the third period for Washington.

TORONTO - Darcy Tucker's second goal of the game, 3:11 into overtime, lifted Toronto over rival Ottawa.

Tucker one-timed a shot over goalie Ray Emery's left shoulder, as the Maple Leafs erased a pair of two-goal deficits to keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. They moved into a tie for the eighth and final playoff spot with Carolina at 75 points.

Nik Antropov and Boyd Devereaux had third-period goals for the Maple Leafs.

Emery made 41 saves and Daniel Alfredsson, Mike Fisher and Dany Heatley scored for the Senators, who won the season series 5-1-2.

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Martin Brodeur made 31 saves for his league-leading 41st victory, and New Jersey moved within a point of Buffalo for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Dainius Zubrus and Daniel Briere scored for the Sabres, who have lost three straight, matching a season high.

Travis Zajac, Michael Rupp and Brian Rafalski scored for the Devils, who have won two consecutive games. New Jersey has beaten the Sabres in two of the first three meetings.

SUNRISE, Fla. - Jay Bouwmeester scored the game-winning goal as Florida snapped Atlanta's five-game winning streak and beat the Thrashers for the first time in seven games this season.

Olli Jokinen and Nathan Horton also scored goals for Florida and Ed Belfour stopped 28 shots for the Panthers.

Marian Hossa and Keith Tkachuk scored for Atlanta. Kari Lehtonen had 36 saves for Atlanta.

With the teams skating 4-on-4, the Panthers stretched their lead to 3-1 on Bouwmeester's goal at 3:52 of the third period. Tkachuk closed the gap to 3-2 at 15:29 of the third. Belfour blocked a shot by Hossa but the puck stayed in the crease. Tkachuk poked it past Belfour on the glove side.

PHILADELPHIA - Mike Richards took advantage of a turnover to score the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and Philadelphia beat Boston.

Richards put in his own rebound for his seventh goal 1:16 into the period after taking a pass from Dimitry Afanasenkov, who stole the puck from Boston's Zdeno Charo.

Simon Gagne, Scotty Upshall and Afanasenkov also scored for the Flyers. Dennis Wideman scored for the Bruins, who have lost three straight games and six of eight.

Philadelphia goalie Martin Biron stopped 26 shots to improve his record to 3-1-1 since being acquired from Buffalo on Feb. 27.

NASHVILLE - Paul Kariya and David Legwand each had a goal and an assist as Nashville edged Columbus.

Gilbert Brule gave Columbus a 1-0 lead when he knocked in a rebound of his own shot that bounced off the pads of Nashville goalie Tomas Vokoun at 1:17 of the first period.

Kariya tied it at 4:25 when he knocked in a rebound of Legwand's shot. Legwand capped the scoring at 13:45 of the first.

ST. LOUIS - Alexei Kovalev scored with 1:25 left to lift Montreal over St. Louis.

Kovalev's goal came just 43 seconds after the Blues tied it at 3. It also snapped a four- game losing streak for the Canadiens, who have lost five of six.

Montreal jumped out to a 3-0 lead and chased Blues goalie Curtis Sanford early in the second period. But St. Louis came back and tied it with 2:08 left on Glen Metropolit's power-play goal off a rebound.

Doug Weight scored his 11th goal midway through the second to get St. Louis on the board and David Backes made it 3-2 with a goal seven minutes into the third period. The Blues thought they had tied it at 3 a few minutes later when Lee Stempniak scored, only to have the referees wave it off for an offside call. MORE AP-CS-03-10-07 1833EST

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