One month to the day since his hat trick against the Montreal Canadiens, Crosby had good timing delivering his fourth career three-goal performance on free hat night at Mellon Arena. The Penguins captain added two assists for a five-point night as Pittsburgh the New York Rangers 8-3. Crosby is now tied for sixth in the scoring race with 30 points.
"Moose" made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season in a 1-0 Thrashers victory. Atlanta entered the game on a 14-game losing streak against Philadelphia before Rich Peverley's(notes) 10th goal of the year put the Thrashers up for good. Hedberg has now won four of his five last starts and Atlanta is undefeated in their last three games.
Down a goal with under a minute to play and on the power play, Washington won a faceoff in the Montreal zone and Fehr knocked home a rebound to send the game into overtime. Nicklas Backstrom's(notes) goal in the shootout gave the Capitals a 4-3 win. Fehr ended the night with two goals giving him six on the year. He's currently half way to his single-season high of 12 goals which he reached last year.
Honorable mention: New Jersey kicked off the day with a 6-1 drubbing of the New York Islanders. Patrik Elias(notes) and Brian Rolston(notes) each contributed two goals and two assists. The Devils have now won their last six games at Prudential Center ... With their net empty, the Ottawa Senators tied things with the Boston Bruins thanks to Milan Michalek's(notes) second goal of the game with 20 seconds remaining in the third period. Boston would eventually win in the shootout on Michael Ryder's(notes) goal ... Rich Peverley's 10th goal of the season was also his league-leading fifth game-winner ... Predators forward Martin Erat(notes) played in his 500th NHL game in Nashville's 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers. Dan Ellis(notes) stopped 23 shots for his first win in three weeks ... Continuing to push his name into consideration for a spot on the Canadian Olympic team, Tampa's Steven Stamkos(notes) scored his 17th goal of the season in a 4-3 overtime loss to Dallas. Stamkos now has seven points in his last four games ... With goals from seven different players and Ryan Kesler(notes) assisting on three of them, Vancouver took it to Edmonton early as the Canucks won 7-3. Colin MacDonald scored his first NHL goal for the Oilers in the second period ... Wayne Simmonds(notes) scored for the third straight game and Jack Johnson's(notes) goal in the shootout gave Los Angeles a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Jon Quick(notes) made 32 saves in the win ... Buffalo Sabres rookie defenseman Tyler Myers(notes) chipped in three assists and vaulted himself into the top-10 among rookie scorers. Ryan Miller(notes) made 30 saves, including the stop of the night on Rod Brind'Amour(notes):
Did you know?: Heading into today, Edmonton led the NHL with 155 man-games lost to injury. (AP)
Dishonorable mention: Carolina extended their winless streak on the road to 0-10-3 and went 0-for-5 on the power play against Buffalo ... After Henrik Lundqvist(notes) allowed four of the five Lightning goals last night, New York Rangers netminder Stephen Valiquette(notes) took one for the team against the Penguins allowing all eight Pittsburgh goals on 33 shots. Rookie defenseman Michael Del Zotto(notes) finished a minus-five ... Matt Cooke(notes) caught Rangers rookie Artem Anisimov(notes) up high and after the game John Tortorella urged for changes to the NHL rulebook in regards to head shots ... After some pre-faceoff jostling, Atlanta's Colby Armstrong(notes) connected with James van Riemsdyk(notes) and then had to answer to Arron Asham(notes):