Crosby has 5 assists in Penguins’ rout of Sabres


LOS ANGELES — Sidney Crosby had five assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins earned their seventh straight win with a 6-1 rout of the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

Patric Hornqvist and Kris Letang had two goals each for the Penguins, and Evgeni Malkin and Roberto Bortuzzo also scored. Letang and Chris Kunitz both added two assists.

Zemgus Girgensons scored the only goal for the Sabres, who lost their third straight and fell to an NHL-worst 3-11-2.

Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson scored twice, and Ryan Callahan added a goal and two assists to lead the Lightning over the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-4.

The Lightning won their fifth straight and extended the Blue Jackets’ losing streak to eight games.

Cedric Paquette, Anton Stralman and Brian Boyle also had goals, and J.T. Brown added a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who have outscored opponents 27-15 during their streak. Jonathan Drouin had two assists.

Claude Giroux had two goals and an assist for as the Philadelphia Flyers held off the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 for their third straight win.

Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn also scored for the Flyers, and Jakub Voracek added three assists to his NHL-leading total to help Philadelphia win its fifth straight at home. Steve Mason stopped 36 shots.

The Toronto Maple Leafs edged the New York Rangers 5-4 after Leo Komarov broke a deadlock with 5:34 left.

Roman Polak also scored in the third period. Phil Kessel, Peter Holland, Richard Panik added goals for Toronto, which squandered a 3-1 lead.

Lance Bouma scored the go-ahead goal to lift the Calgary Flames 6-4 over the Florida Panthers, while Mathieu Perreault scored in the sixth round of the shootout to give the Winnipeg Jets a 2-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

In other games, the New York Islanders blanked the Ariziona Coyotes 1-0, the Montreal Canadiens downed the Minnesota Wild 4-1, the San Jose Sharks defeated the Dallas Stars 5-3 and the Washington Capitals beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in overtime.

The Nashville Predators ended the St. Louis Blues’ seven-game winning streak with a 2-1 win and the Los Angeles Kings trounced the Vancouver Canucks 5-1.