The Pittsburgh Penguins won their 15th straight game but captain Sidney Crosby lost several teeth when struck by a puck in the first period.
PITTSBURGH — Despite losing their captain, the Pittsburgh Penguins found a way to finish an unbeaten March.
Pittsburgh, gearing for a run at the Stanley Cup, welcomed newly acquired forward Jarome Iginla to the lineup, but lost superstar Sidney Crosby early in the first period after he was struck in the mouth with a puck.
The Penguins managed to overcome the injury to Crosby on Saturday for their 15th straight victory. Matt Cooke and James Neal scored third-period goals during a 2-0 victory over the New York Islanders.
Crosby, the league’s scoring leader with 56 points, lost several teeth and needed oral surgery. A slap shot by teammate Brooks Orpik deflected off a stick and hit Crosby.
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“It’s very tough to see that happen to anybody on the ice, but this is your teammate and Sid’s such a great player,” said Iginla, who was traded from the Calgary Flames to the Penguins on Thursday.
Tomas Vokoun made 35 saves as Pittsburgh moved closer to the league record of 17 straight victories set by the 1992-93 Penguins, who featured Mario Lemieux.
Oilers blank Canucks
EDMONTON, Alberta — Taylor Hall had a hat trick and the Edmonton Oilers scored early and often to make it three victories in a row for the first time this season, cruising past the Vancouver Canucks 4-0.
Devan Dubnyk made 23 saves for his second shutout of the season.
Hall’s third goal set a team record for the fastest hat trick to start a game at 7:53, beating the previous mark of 12:38 set by Wayne Gretzky in 1986. Hall has 11 goals this season.
The Canucks’ winning streak was snapped at six games.
Vancouver goaltender Cory Schneider was pulled after the Oilers took a 2-0 lead at 2:05 of the first period. He failed to make a save. Roberto Luongo stopped 20 of 22 shots he faced, but gave up a goal on Edmonton’s third shot of the game.
“It’s a terrible start to put your team in a hole like that,” Schneider told The Vancouver Sun. “We plan on being prepared and it starts with me in net.”