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Crosby’s streak ends in loss to Islanders

Penguins star Sidney Crosby had his chances, but couldn’t extend his 25-game point streak, which was the longest in the NHL in 18 seasons. Penguins star Sidney Crosby had his chances, but couldn’t extend his 25-game point streak, which was the longest in the NHL in 18 seasons. (Ray Stubblebine/Reuters)
Associated Press / December 30, 2010

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Sidney Crosby’s 25-game point streak was snapped by the Islanders and goalie Rick DiPietro, who stopped the Pittsburgh captain and the rest of the Penguins’ high-powered offense in a 2-1 shootout victory last night in Uniondale, N.Y.

Crosby had at least a point in every game since Nov. 3 at Dallas. The run, in which Crosby had 26 goals and 24 assists, was the longest in the NHL since Quebec’s Mats Sundin had a 30-game streak during the 1992-93 season.

Crosby also had scored a goal in five consecutive games before being shut down by the Islanders, the team he has victimized the most with 62 points in 33 career games.

Crosby was denied on Pittsburgh’s second shootout attempt when DiPietro blocked a shot with his pad.

Josh Bailey gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead in the second period, but Chris Conner tied it before the frame was over.

DiPietro finished with 37 saves through overtime in his first outing after sitting out five games while dealing with swelling in his surgically repaired left knee. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 shots and dropped to 16-2-2 against the Islanders.

The teams were tied, 2-2, through three shootout rounds. P.A. Parenteau put the Islanders ahead by scoring off a speed rush on Fleury, and DiPietro sealed New York’s rare win over Pittsburgh by stopping Mark Letestu.

Wild 5, Sharks 3 — Kyle Brodziak scored twice and Brent Burns had the winner in host Minnesota’s comeback victory over San Jose.

The Wild trailed, 3-2, and appeared to be headed toward another home loss after failing to score on a four-minute power play to start the third period.

But Chuck Kobasew, Burns, and Brodziak scored in a five-minute span.

Coyotes 6, Kings 3 — Shane Doan scored two goals and Scottie Upshall and Keith Yandle each had three points in Phoenix’s win over visiting Los Angeles.

Red Wings 7, Stars 3 — Patrick Eaves had three goals, Brad Stuart scored the tiebreaker at 5:29 of the third period, and Detroit rallied for a victory in Dallas.

Rangers 3, Devils 1 — Henrik Lundqvist made a season-high 43 saves and visiting New York handed struggling New Jersey its sixth straight loss, leaving the Devils winless since Jacques Lemaire took over as coach last week.

Hurricanes 4, Senators 0 — Cam Ward made 37 saves for his second shutout of the season and Zach Boychuk scored goals 3:48 apart in the first in Carolina’s victory in Ottawa.

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