Sidney Crosby scores, records three assists in return for Pittsburgh Penguins


Crosby held up his end of the bargain, collecting a goal and three assists in his first game back from abdominal surgery as the Penguins rolled past Minnesota 7-3 on Tuesday night. Despite having missed the past 28 games due to core muscle surgery, the Pens' captain looked like he had not missed a beat, also registering a plus-one rating and three shots in 17:53 of ice time in the contest.

Crosby helped set up Evgeni Malkin's goal less than 8 minutes in and picked up his first goal since October 29 in the third period. Givani Smith posted his first National Hockey League goal, and Filip Hronek also scored for the Red Wings, who lost for the 10th time in 13 games. Evgeny Malkin had two assists. Mitch Marner chipped in with two assists. Linus Ullmark finished with 24 saves. His pal Malkin was second in points with two goals and an assist - continuing the solid play he showcased during Crosby's absence. Adin Hill made 30 saves in his third start of the season for Arizona, with both Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper out with injuries.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Kyle Connor scored twice, Connor Hellebuyck made 41 saves in his fourth shutout of the season, and Winnipeg snapped a six-game home losing streak with a win over Vancouver.

NY scored three times in the first eight minutes, a rousing response after a lopsided road loss to the crosstown Rangers a night earlier.

Nikita Zadorov and Gabriel Landeskog scored, Nathan MacKinnon had two assists, and Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves for the Avalanche.

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Hall collected a goal and an assist, and Conor Garland and Derek Stepan also scored for the Coyotes, who lost their third straight game.

Teddy Blueger flipped a shot under the crossbar in the eighth round of the shootout to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday in Glendale, Ariz.

Blake Coleman, with his first-career hat trick, and P.K. Subban scored for New Jersey. Kevin Labanc and Evander Kane posted a goal and an assist apiece for the Sharks, and Timo Meier had the other goal. Robin Lehner stopped 20 shots.

Filip Forsberg and Colin Blackwell scored for Nashville, which had its two-game winning streak halted.