Kessel, Penguins stomp Detroit

– Former Gopher Phil Kessel scored twice, Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist and the Pittsburgh Penguins got plenty of help from other unheralded players in a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.

"Obviously, [Crosby] is going really good right now," Kessel said. "He's carrying our team right now and I just try to hop on that."

Matt Cullen added a goal and an assist, Ben Lovejoy picked up his first goal since November and Scott Wilson collected the first goal of his career for the Penguins.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 35 shots, and Pittsburgh improved to 7-1 in its past eight home games.


•UNEVEN SERIES: Justin Williams scored 4:16 into overtime to lift the Capitals to a 3-2 victory over the host Islanders. Alex Ovechkin scored twice in a 1:27 span early in the second period and Braden Holtby stopped 20 shots for the Capitals to get his league-leading 36th win of the season. The Capitals beat the Islanders for the third time in three meetings this season and ninth in the last 12 (9-1-2).

•ELLIOTT TAKES CHARGE: Jaden Schwartz scored 1:40 into overtime and Brian Elliott was sharp again in goal as the host Blues beat the Kings 2-1. Elliott made 34 of 35 saves as he improved to 11-3-3 since Jake Allen was injured on Jan. 8.

•SHARK ATTACK: Joe Pavelski scored the winning goal in the shootout and the Sharks beat the Panthers 2-1 in Sunrise, Fla., for their third consecutive victory. The Panthers survived a power play for the final 1:38 of overtime to take the game to the shootout.

•OUTSCORING THE SCORERS: Maxi Domi had two goals and an assist, linemate Anthony Duclair had three assists and the Coyotes beat Dallas at its own game with a 6-3 victory over the Stars in Glendale, Ariz. Coming off their best offensive game of the season, the Coyotes raced past the NHL's top-scoring team to win consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month.

•SNOOZE ALARM NEEDED: Sabres forward Evander Kane will return to the lineup after a one-game benching that stemmed from him sleeping in and missing practice.

•SALVAGE JOB: Steven Stamkos scored in the fifth round of the shootout and the host Lightning rebounded after blowing a three-goal lead to beat the Jets 6-5.