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Crosby’s OT goal lifts Pens

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Sidney Crosby scored 43 seconds into overtime to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night.

Alex Goligoski scored twice and added an assist, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves to help the Penguins rally from a two-goal deficit.

Crosby snapped his nine-game goal-scoring drought when he tipped in Evgeni Malkin’s shot past goalie Ryan Miller. The play survived a 2-minute video review that confirmed Crosby’s stick was under the crossbar when he touched it.

Pascal Dupuis also scored, and Malkin had three assists for Pittsburgh (18-11-4), which won for the second time in three games and improved to 4-5-1 in December.

Maple Leafs 6, Thrashers 2

ATLANTA — Matt Stajan scored two goals, including an empty-netter, and rookie goalie Justin Pogge won his NHL debut in Toronto’s second straight victory.

Alexei Ponikarovsky, Jeremy Williams and Niklas Hagman joined Stajan in scoring a goal for the second straight game for Toronto, which has won six of seven.

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