Sidney Crosby scored on Pittsburgh's first shot and finished with two goals last night, leading the visiting Penguins to a 6-4 victory over the Montreal Canadiens, the team the 18-year-old star rooted for as a youngster.
"If you're too awestruck, you get caught watching, you get caught being happy to be there and you're not worrying about trying to contribute and then make the difference," Crosby said.
"Don't get me wrong, it's nice to enjoy the moment but you don't want to get caught up in watching too much and getting stuck out there, so I think the best part for me was probably at the end, getting the win and it was a bonus to come out with the first star."
Crosby's second goal of the game - his team-leading 21st - gave the Penguins a 5-4 lead early in the third period. He was credited with the go-ahead goal at 1:58. The game was delayed for a video review that clearly showed that Crosby kicked back a rebound off Jose Theodore toward the Canadiens goalie. The puck struck the edge of Theodore's left skate, which redirected it into the net.
Michel Ouellet also scored twice for Pittsburgh, including a power-play goal 18:52 into the second that tied it at 4. Ouellet scored Pittsburgh's sixth goal - his second of the game - at 14:57 to put the game away.
Lightning 1, Rangers 0 -- Vaclav Propsal jammed the puck past Henrik Lundqvist at 3:47 of overtime, and John Grahame made 36 saves for his second shutout of the season in visiting Tampa Bay's victory over New York. Propsal controlled the puck behind the net, skated to the edge of the crease and hammered the puck past Lundqvist on his second attempt to give the defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning its second victory in two nights. Lundqvist made 19 saves in New York's sixth loss in its past eight games.
Wild 4, Red Wings 2 -- Dwayne Roloson stopped 43 shots and held off a late rally and Brian Rolston had a goal and an assist to lift host Minnesota over Detroit. Minnesota has won five of its past six and ended Detroit's five-game winning streak. Andrei Zyuzin, Filip Kuba and Alexandre Daigle also scored for the Wild. Tomas Holmstrom scored both goals for the Red Wings, who were continually frustrated by the Wild's close-checking, trapping system and by Roloson. Nicklas Lidstrom added two assists.
Devils 3, Panthers 0 -- Brian Gionta scored two goals and Patrik Elias had an assist in his first game of the season to help host New Jersey beat Florida. Elias, the Devils' leading scorer in each of the past five seasons, was sidelined for several months after contracting hepatitis A last spring while playing in Europe during the NHL lockout. Devils interim coach Lou Lamoriello inserted him in the first line with Gionta and Scott Gomez and the left wing received an ovation when he took the ice to start the game. Elias was on the ice for both of Gionta's goals, one in the first period and one in the second. New Jersey (17-18-5) had lost 11 of its past 14 games.
Oilers 5, Blackhawks 0 -- Fernando Pisani scored twice and Ty Conklin stopped 23 shots, leading host Edmonton over reeling Chicago. Shawn Horcoff, Ryan Smyth and Jani Rita also scored for Edmonton, which moved within two points of the first-place Calgary Flames in the Northwest Division. The Blackhawks, shut out for the first time this season, lost their eighth straight.