For the Penguins, Crosby's hot hand could not have come at a better time. While the team looks to lock down a playoff position, their No. 2 center continues to watch from the press box.
The Penguins have now played their last five games without Evgeni Malkin, but have not missed a beat, going 5-0 while Crosby's amassed three goals and nine points.
Malkin was lighting it up himself prior to his departure from the lineup, punching in three goals and nine points in the seven games prior to his injury.
Crosby has now collected 17 points during the month of March, the most of any player in the league. That's contributed mightily to the team's incredible 8-3-0 record during the month.
Malkin is still expected to miss another five-to-seven weeks with an upper-body injury, but as long as Crosby continues to torment opposing defense corps, the Penguins look like they should be fine heading into the postseason.
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Rookie Tom Kuhnhackl had a goal and two assists on his way to a career-best three points and the Pittsburgh Penguins denied the Washington Capitals a chance to lock up the Metropolitan Division with a dominant 6-2 win on Sunday...
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Yanni Gourde had two goals and an assist and Jonathan Drouin struck twice as the Syaracuse Crunch downed the St. John's IceCaps 6-2 on Sunday in American Hockey League action.
Drouin has five goals and an assist in six games ...
NEWARK, N.J. - Devante Smith-Pelly scored the tiebreaking goal 8:38 into the third period and Scott Wedgewood made 27 saves in his NHL debut to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday.
The goal was one of a kind for Chimera, meanwhile for Fleury, the unfortunate bounce bore a striking resemblance to the game-winning goal scored on him by Patrick O'Sullivan at the 2004 World Junior Hockey Championship.
The goal gives Chimera 18 on the season and for Fleury ... nightmares.
"When we get to Denver, some time this week he's going to meet with our team doctors," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy told reporters. "I guess from there we'll have a better idea."
MacKinnon was hurt late in a come-from-behind win over the Calgary Flames on Friday. He has 21 goals and 31 assists in 72 games.
Matt Duchene missed Friday's game with a knee injury of his own and isn't expected to play Sunday.
The injuries come at a critical time for Colorado, which entered Sunday's game clinging to the second Western Conference wild-card spot. The Avalanche are one point ahead of the Minnesota Wild, who are in action Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks.
The journeyman forward for the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins lifted the puck on his backhand behind the net and roofed it over unsuspecting Hershey Bears goaltender Justin Peters on Sunday afternoon.