Crosby thriving in Malkin’s absence

Sidney Crosby's incendiary streak has been nothing short of timely.

The Pittsburgh Penguins captain stretched his league-high point streak to 12 games with two assists in his club's 6-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

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.

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Capitals’ Weber boards Penguins’ Rust from behind

Mike Weber would be wise to keep his phone on after Sunday's game.

The Washington Capitals defenseman drove Pittsburgh Penguins forward Bryan Rust into the boards from behind in the third period.

Weber received a five-minute boarding major and a 10-minute misconduct. Rust left for the dressing room but returned shortly thereafter and assisted on Justin Schultz's first goal with the Penguins.

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Wedgewood makes Devils history with win in NHL debut

New Jersey Devils goaltender Scott Wedgewood has already joined elite company with just one game under his belt.

With a win in his NHL debut against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday, Wedgewood became the first Devils goaltender to win in his NHL debut since franchise great Martin Brodeur did so back on March 26, 1992.

The 23-year-old turned away 27 of 28 shots en route to a 2-1 victory. The team rallied after losing the first of a home-and-home against the Blue Jackets 6-3 on Saturday.

The win slots the Devils six points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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VIDEO: Chimera scores header on Fleury

That's using your head.

Washington Capitals forward Jason Chimera scored a rather unconventional goal Sunday, heading the puck past Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

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.

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MacKinnon won’t face Oilers, will be evaluated this week

It's a case of good news and bad news for the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.

While their captain, Gabriel Landeskog, will be back from his three-game suspension to play against the Edmonton Oilers, forward Nathan MacKinnon's knee injury will keep him out of the contest and perhaps beyond.

"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.

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VIDEO: Penguins’ Daley goes backhand, shelf on Capitals’ Holtby

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley picked up his second goal in two games Sunday.

The 32-year-old did so firing a backhand over the catching glove of Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby giving his club a 2-0 first-period advantage.

With an assist on Daley's marker, captain Sidney Crosby extended his point streak to 12 games. He has now amassed six goals and 13 assists during that span.

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VIDEO: Penguins farmhand scores another sweet lacrosse-style goal

Kael Mouillierat has a pretty good sense of timing.

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.

The goal was confirmed upon video review.

Mouillierat pulled off a strikingly similar move almost exactly a year ago to the day with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers when he showed Binghamton Senators goalie Peter Mannino his lacrosse skills on March 22, 2015.

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