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Sidney Crosby loses 2 teeth, but his goal has Penguins smiling

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    Sidney Crosby loses 2 teeth, but his goal has Penguins smiling

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A Penguins trainer treats Sidney Crosby after he lost two teeth to a high stick by Buffalo’s Evander Kane in the third period.
A Penguins trainer treats Sidney Crosby after he lost two teeth to a high stick by Buffalo’s Evander Kane in the third period.

Photo: Kevin Hoffman, Getty Images

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby (87) reacts after being hit by the stick of Buffalo Sabres Evander Kane (9) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby (87) reacts after being hit by the stick of Buffalo Sabres Evander Kane (9) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP

Photo: Jeffrey T. Barnes, Associated Press

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 21: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins lies on the ice after being injured from a high stick by Evander Kane #9 of the Buffalo Sabres during the third period at the KeyBank Center on March 21, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. The Penguins beat the Sabres 3-1. (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 21: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins lies on the ice after being injured from a high stick by Evander Kane #9 of the Buffalo Sabres during the third period at the KeyBank Center

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Sidney Crosby loses 2 teeth, but his goal has Penguins smiling

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After losing two front teeth, Sidney Crosby wasn’t available to discuss the highlight-reel, one-handed goal he scored in helping the Pittsburgh Penguins clinch their 11th consecutive playoff berth.

Crosby’s teammates had plenty to say about it following the defending Stanley Cup champions’ 3-1 win at Buffalo on Tuesday night.

Starting from inside his blue line, Crosby picked up a head of steam through the neutral zone and weaved past all four Buffalo defenders before lifting a one-handed backhander into the top right corner to open the scoring with nine seconds left in the first period.

“The play that everyone screws around doing in practice, and he does it in games,” Nick Bonino said.

“The sea parted for him there, only 15 seconds left, and he turned it on,” Bonino added. “I mean, there’s nothing I can really say that nobody has. He does some pretty amazing things.”

Even Buffalo goalie Robin Lehner was left impressed.

“I think most goalies in the league are going to read he’s going to pull that back to his forehand,” said Lehner, who stopped 31 shots. “Probably one or maybe two guys in the league who can score a goal like that.”

Crosby was not in a position to speak after being high-sticked in the face by Evander Kane with 1:25 remaining while attempting to score into an empty net. Crosby went down in the corner clutching his face before eventually getting up and leaving the ice.

Head coach Mike Sullivan would say only that Crosby lost a couple of teeth. Kane was issued a double-minor for high-sticking.

Bonino scored the go-ahead goal on a broken play with 5:29 remaining and Conor Sheary scored 1:58 later. Matt Murray stopped 29 shots and the Penguins (46-17-9) improved to 8-1-1 in their past 10.

With 101 points, Pittsburgh passed Columbus and moved into second place in the Metropolitan Division.

Blues 4, Avalanche 2: Magnus Paajarvi and Jaden Schwartz scored in the third period for visiting St. Louis, which played most of the game without center Paul Stastny after he was hit on the foot by a shot in the first period.

Canucks 5, Blackhawks 4: Daniel Sedin scored a power-play goal 2:12 into overtime and visiting Vancouver ended a six-game skid. With his twin brother Henrik Sedin screening goalie Scott Darling, Daniel Sedin connected on a high, long shot. The score withstood a video review for goaltender interference and snapped Chicago’s winning streak at five games.

Capitals 4, Flames 2: Alex Ovechkin had a goal and two assists, and T.J. Oshie scored his 30th of the season as Washington won at home.

Devils 3, Rangers 2: Joseph Blandisi scored on an odd-man rush with 54.6 seconds left in overtime for host New Jersey.

Senators 3, Bruins 2: Kyle Turris scored twice and Craig Anderson made 33 saves as visiting Ottawa ended a four-game losing streak.

Red Wings 2, Canadiens 1: Anthony Mantha scored at 4:10 of overtime for visiting Detroit.

Coyotes 5, Lightning 3: Oliver Ekman-Larsson had a goal and an assist during a three-goal third period as visiting Arizona, with the NHL’s second-worst record, damaged Tampa Bay’s playoff hopes.

Hurricanes 4, Panthers 3: Jeff Skinner scored two goals, including the game-winner with 3:55 left, to lead visiting Carolina.

Jets 3, Flyers 2: Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and two assists as host Winnipeg won its third straight game.

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