The kid was hot tonight: Crosby scores two goals in 5-0 win over ‘Canes


PITTSBURGH (AP) Sidney Crosby scored two goals and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 22 shots for his third shutout of the season and 41st of his career as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-0 on Sunday.

Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley scored his third of the season in his 800th NHL game. Olli Maatta scored his fifth and Conor Sheary his second for the Penguins, who are one of several teams in the hunt for a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh won for just the second time in six games, but the Penguins picked up points for the 10th time in 12 games.

The Penguins also ended a three-game winless stretch against Carolina, which defeated them twice in the last month, including an overtime loss on Tuesday.

Carolina lost its second straight after a recent four-game winning streak. The Hurricanes, following an overtime loss against Vancouver on Friday, had at least a point in their last five games.

The Hurricanes allowed three or more goals in 15 of the last 26 games against Pittsburgh, going 1-11-3 in those outings.

Eddie Lack, playing in his 100th NHL game, stopped 27 shots for Carolina.

Crosby gave the Penguins a 3-0 lead, scoring a power-play goal with 36.3 seconds left in the second period. The puck went off Crosby’s skate and into the goal at the right post after a sharp Phil Kessel feed from the left point. A review of the goal was upheld and Carolina’s challenge of offsides on the play also proved inconclusive. Pittsburgh entered the third period with a three-goal lead.

Crosby scored his second goal in the third period, putting a wrist shot in the top corner behind Lack off the rush. Crosby has points in 10 of his last 13 games, scoring eight goals and 17 points during the span. He has 14 goals and 36 points after beginning the season with one goal and five points in his first 11 games.

Carl Hagelin made his debut for the Penguins on Sunday, playing on a line with Kessel and Evgeni Malkin. The speedy forward was acquired Saturday morning from Anaheim for forward David Perron and defenseman Adam Clendening.

Hagelin enjoyed back-to-back 17-goal seasons with the New York Rangers and played a key role on one of the top penalty killing units in the league. Hagelin, who scored the overtime goal that eliminated Pittsburgh from the playoffs last season, was traded to Anaheim during the summer where he struggled with four goals and 12 points in 43 games.

Maatta opened the scoring for Pittsburgh 3:54 into the game. He worked around Jeff Skinner along the right wing boards, cut toward the goal and put a shot in the top right corner.

Pittsburgh’s fourth line forced a turnover at the Carolina blue line to set up Sheary’s goal later in the period.

The Penguins successfully killed a 5-on-3 power play for 43 seconds in the second period after Hagelin was sent off for hooking.

NOTES: Penguins’ D Kris Letang missed Sunday’s game with a hand injury. Letang, who was hurt Friday at Tampa Bay, will be a game-time decision Monday at St. Louis. … Penguins D David Warsofsky left in the third period after a collision with the referee. … Hurricanes’ F Brad Malone played his 100th game with the team. … Carolina is back in action Thursday at Toronto.

Canucks’ Ilya Mikheyev to have season-ending knee surgery

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Vancouver Canucks right wing Ilya Mikheyev is set to have season-ending surgery on his left knee.

Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin said Friday night the 28-year-old Russian forward tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the team’s first preseason game Sept. 25. Mikheyev will undergo surgery next week and is expected to be ready for training camp in the fall.

Mikheyev was originally listed as week-to-week with the injury and played 45 regular-season games, finishing with 13 goals and 15 assists. He scored in his final appearance Friday night, a 5-2 home victory over Columbus.

Mikheyev signed a four-year, $19 million contract as a free agent last summer.

Maple Leafs’ Matthews out at least 3 weeks with knee injury

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Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews will miss at least three weeks with a sprained knee.

The team announced the reigning MVP’s anticipated absence Friday, two days after Matthews was injured in Toronto’s victory against the New York Rangers.

Matthews is expected to miss at least six games and could be out for a few more. The timing of the injury coinciding with the NHL All-Star break and the Maple Leafs bye week prevents this from costing Matthews more time out of the lineup.

After being voted an All-Star by fans, Matthews is now out of the event scheduled for Feb. 3-4 in Sunrise, Florida. The league announced Aleskander Barkov from the host Florida Panthers will take Matthews’ place on the Atlantic Division All-Star roster.

Matthews, who won the Hart Trophy last season after leading the NHL with 60 goals, has 53 points in 47 games this season.

Caufield opted for surgery with Habs out of playoff race

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MONTREAL — Montreal Canadiens winger Cole Caufield said Friday he wouldn’t be having season-ending surgery on his right shoulder if the team were in playoff contention.

But with the Canadiens near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, the 22-year-old Caufield said he decided to have the surgery to protect his long-term health. The procedure is scheduled to be performed by Dr. Peter Millett on Wednesday.

“I didn’t want to stop playing,” Caufield said. “I had a couple tests done to look at it more clearly but, in the end, like it could’ve been one more fall and it could have been even worse.”

Caufield, who leads the Canadiens with 26 goals in 46 games, had three different medical opinions on his shoulder before concluding that his season was over.

“I think they’ve seen a lot more than I have and they know the differences and what they like or don’t like about it,” he said about the medical opinions. “Long term, I think this is what’s best but for sure it was tough to sit out that game against Toronto on Saturday night.”

Caufield initially felt the injury in an awkward fall during Montreal’s 4-2 loss at Dallas on Dec. 23. He said his right shoulder popped, and he replaced it himself.

Caufield felt it again in the Habs’ 4-3 loss at Nashville on Jan. 12. The club announced on Jan. 21 that Caufield would miss the rest of the season.

Caufield is nearing the end of his three-year, entry-level contract and will be a restricted free agent this summer.

All-Star Matty Beniers to miss next 2 games for Kraken

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SEATTLE — Seattle Kraken rookie All-Star Matty Beniers will miss the team’s final two games before the All-Star break after taking a big hit from Vancouver’s Tyler Myers earlier this week.

Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said after morning skate Friday that Beniers would not play Friday night against Calgary or Saturday against Columbus. Hakstol did not speculate on Beniers’ availability for next weekend’s All-Star Game in Florida.

The team has not specified what kind of injury Beniers sustained from the hit. He was barreled over by Myers away from the play early in the second period in Wednesday’s 6-1 victory over Vancouver. Myers was penalized for interference on the play. Beniers returned briefly for one shift later in the period but did not play in the third period.

Beniers is Seattle’s lone All-Star selection this season. He leads all rookies in goals (17) and points (36), and is fifth in total ice time for rookies.

Seattle also placed defenseman Justin Schultz on injured reserve and recalled forward Max McCormick from Coachella Valley of the AHL. Hakstol said Schultz is improving but there’s no timeline on his return.