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Penguins edge Sharks in shootout

Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby's hard wrist shot fooled the San Jose goalie for the only goal in the shootout as the Penguins downed the NHL Western Conference-leading Sharks 2-1 on Wednesday.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2009 12:46 IST

Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby's hard wrist shot fooled the San Jose goalie for the only goal in the shootout as the Penguins downed the NHL Western Conference-leading Sharks 2-1 on Wednesday.

Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 36 shots to help Pittsburgh win for the third time during a four-game homestand. San Jose, coming off a 5-2 win at Boston on Tuesday in a matchup of the NHL top two teams, now has only one regulation win from its past five games.

Bill Thomas scored for Pittsburgh. Joe Pavelski countered for San Jose.

Rangers 5, Capitals 4, SO

In New York, Washington's Mike Green scored in his seventh straight game to tie the NHL record for defenseman, but slumping New York snuck home via a shootout.

Green got two goals, and tied the record set by Boston's Mike O'Connell in 1983-84.

The shootout victory ended a five-game losing skid for the Rangers, who hadn't scored more than three in their previous six games and had been outscored 22-5 during the five losses. Ducks 3, Flames 2, OT

In Anaheim, California, Scott Niedermayer scored his second goal of the game in the first minute of overtime to give Anaheim victory over Calgary.

The Flames have lost nine straight in Anaheim. Oilers 7, Canadiens 2

In Edmonton, Alberta, Edmonton extended Montreal's losing streak on the road to seven games.

Ales Hemsky, Dustin Penner, Andrew Cogliano and Kyle Brodziak each had a goal and an assist for the Oilers, who moved into a tie with Vancouver for eight place, and provisional playoff qualification, in the Western Conference.

Coyotes 1, Stars 0

In Dallas, one goal was enough for Phoenix to snap a run of six straight defeats, edging Pacific Division rival Dallas. Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 33 shots for his eighth career shutout, and Enver Lisin scored the sole goal in the second period.

Bryzgalov has three shutouts this season, two against Dallas. Blackhawks 3, Thrashers 1

In Atlanta, Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews scored power-play goals to key Chicago's win over Atlanta.

Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin made 36 saves as Chicago claimed outright third place in the Western Conference. Wild 3, Avalanche 2

In St. Paul, Minnesota, Antti Miettinen hit a one-timer with just over a minute to go to give Minnesota victory over Colorado. Miettinen was set up by a pass from ex-Colorado forward Andrew Brunette, condemning his former team to a fifth successive road defeat.

Senators 3, Sabres 1

In Buffalo, New York, Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and assist to help Ottawa over Buffalo.

The Senators have now suffered a regulation defeat only once in four starts under new coach Cory Clouston.

Devils 4, Islanders 2