Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby will be out at least six weeks after what the team said was a successful core muscle injury repair Thursday.
The 32-year-old Crosby leads the team in scoring with five goals and 12 assists in 17 games despite dealing with a sports hernia since training camp.
The two-time MVP left a 3-2 shootout win over the Chicago on Nov. 9 in the third period. He got tangled up with Blackhawks defenseman Erik Gustafsson and moments later took a shot from Gustafsson that smacked off his right foot.
Edmonton 6, Colorado 2: Connor McDavid had three goals and three assists and Leon Draisaitl had five assists — career highs for points in a game for both players — as the host Oilers beat the Avalanche. McDavid picked up his second hat trick in the last three games.
Carolina 5, Buffalo 4 (OT): The host Sabres lost for the sixth straight time after a 9-2-1 start.
Tampa Bay 9, N.Y. Rangers 3: Nikita Kucherov had a goal and three assists and Steven Stamkos scored his 399th career goal and added two assists as the host Lightning routed the Rangers.
Tampa Bay's nine goals tied a team record. Five scores came on the power play, which also matched the franchise mark. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 20 shots to tie Ben Bishop for the most wins by a Tampa Bay goaltender with 131.
Summaries are on C7