Penguins beat Flames yet again, top NHL East


PITTSBURGH–Pittsburgh extended its long dominance of Calgary by beating the Flames 3-1 on Friday, giving the Penguins a share of the NHL Eastern Conference lead.

In the day’s other games, Montreal had a comfortable win over Los Angeles, Florida won a shootout at Detroit and Anaheim predictably beat Edmonton in a match of the Eastern Conference’s top and bottom teams.

Pittsburgh’s Blake Comeau and Kris Letang scored early in the first period and Rob Klinkhammer also found the net as the Penguins beat the Flames for the eighth straight time. Pittsburgh’s last loss to Calgary was in the 2005-06 season.

Johnny Gaudreau had the only goal for the Flames, who have lost four in a row.

The Penguins played without defending NHL scoring champion Sidney Crosby, who also will miss Saturday’s game at Columbus while he awaits results from medical tests for an illness that caused the right side of his face to swell.

Though there have been more than a dozen cases of mumps around the NHL, Crosby doesn’t believe he has that illness.

Montreal’s Jiri Sekac scored twice as the Canadiens beat Los Angeles 6-2.

P.K. Subban had a goal and two assists, David Desharnais and Andre Markov each had a goal and an assist, and Sven Andrighetto also scored for Montreal while goaltender Carey Price stopped 44 shots.

Defensemen Jake Muzzin and Drew Doughty scored for the King.

Florida’s Vincent Trocheck and Brandon Pirri had the only shootout goals to lift the Panthers to a 3-2 victory over Detroit.

Anaheim’s Sami Vatanen and Ryan Getzlaf each had a goal and an assist as league-leading Anaheim won its sixth straight, taking a 4-2 victory at Edmonton.