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March, 18, 2012
3/18/12
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• Pittsburgh wins its 11th in a row and 1st at New Jersey in 5 tries. Sidney Crosby notches 3 assists and has multiple-assist games in 6 of his 10 games played this season. Crosby is now plus-12 in 10 games this season. By comparison, Evgeni Malkin, who scored his 40th goal this season, is plus-15 in 63 games. It's his 2nd career 40-goal season (1st since '07-08, his 2nd year). The Devils had allowed only 7G over their last 6 games (5-1-0).

• Crosby recorded three assists in the Penguins’ win at New Jersey, after assisting on two goals against the Rangers on Thursday when he returned to action after being sidelined for more than three months by a concussion. Crosby has played 10 games this season but he’s picked up at least two assists in six of those games. Crosby had only seven multiple-assist games in the 41 games he played last season. On the other hand, Crosby scored two goals in his 2011–12 season debut (Nov. 21 vs. the Islanders) but he’s goalless in nine games since then, matching the longest goal drought of his NHL career (nine games in December 2008).

• Matt Cooke, who scored two goals in the Penguins’ 5–2 win over the Rangers on Thursday, scored two goals in Pittsburgh’s 5–2 victory against the Devils on Saturday afternoon. Cooke has four two-goal games this season, one more than his total for the previous six seasons combined (three from 2005–06 through 2010–11). The only other season in Cooke’s NHL career in which he recorded more than one multiple-goal game was 2001–02, when he had a pair of two-goal games for the Canucks.

• Boston ends its 4-game losing streak by continuing its dominance over Philadelphia. The Bruins have won 8 of their last 10 against the Flyers, including 3 of 4 this season. Tyler Seguin scored his 25th goal this season. The Bruins are 15-6 when Seguin scores a goal. Tim Thomas made 27 saves for his 4th career 30-win season, the most ever by a Bruins goaltender. Rookie Matt Read had a goal (20) and an assist for the Flyers. Bruins are 8-2 in shootouts this season.

• The Bruins scored on all three of their shootout attempts in their win over the Flyers on Saturday afternoon. It was Boston’s first perfect 3-for-3 shootout in the seven seasons that the NHL has used the tiebreaker. Three other NHL teams have gone 3-for-3 in a shootout this season: Ottawa (Oct. 11), Columbus (Dec. 13) and Colorado (Dec. 19).

• Flyers rookie Matt Read scored his 20th goal of the season in Philadelphia’s shootout loss in Boston. Read is the second rookie to reach the 20-goal mark this season, following Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog, who scored his 20th goal on Wednesday. Since 1994–95, the only other Flyers rookies to score 20 or more goals in one season were Simon Gagne in 1999–2000 (20), and Jeff Carter (23) and R.J. Umberger (20) in 2005–06.

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