Penguins edge Senators behind Crosby's hat trick
PITTSBURGH – Sidney Crosby scored three consecutive goals for his first natural hat trick in more than five years, and the Pittsburgh Penguins returned from the All-Star break with a 6-5 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.
The two-time NHL MVP pushed his goal total to 20 and has scored at least one in Pittsburgh's last eight home games. The Penguins have won four straight and lost in regulation only once since Jan. 6.
Chris Kunitz had a goal and two assists. Kris Letang added a goal and an assist, and Matt Cullen also scored for Pittsburgh. The Penguins' six goals were a season high. Marc-Andre Fleury settled down after a shaky start and finished with 18 saves.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Mark Stone, Cody Ceci, Chris Wideman and Dave Dziurzynski scored for the Senators.
•ONE IS ENOUGH FOR BLUES: Alex Pietrangelo scored with 1:05 left in the third period and Brian Elliott made 16 saves for the shutout as the Blues beat the host Predators 1-0.
•SEGUIN SPARKS STARS: Tyler Seguin scored two goals, leading the visiting Stars to a 5-3 victory over the Jets. Dustin Byfuglien and Drew Stafford each scored their 15th goal for Winnipeg.
•LEAFS STOP SKID: P-A Parenteau scored a power-play goal with 1:54 left in overtime and the Maple Leafs rallied to beat the Bruins 4-3 in Boston and end a four-game skid.
•TWO FOR HUBERDEAU: Jonathan Huberdeau scored two goals as the Panthers beat the host Capitals 5-2.
•VARLAMOV WINS SUIT: A Denver jury has sided with Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov in a lawsuit filed against him by a woman who claimed he beat her during an argument in 2013. The Denver Post reports jurors awarded Varlamov $126,000 in damages Tuesday after his attorneys argued the woman was trying to get a payout from the goalie and the evidence did not support her claims of a brutal attack.