- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Jeff Skinner scored a power-play goal 3:02 into overtime, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Eric Staal and Kris Versteeg each had a goal and an assist, and linemate Elias Lindholm assisted on all three Carolina scores. Cam Ward made 23 saves for the surging Hurricanes, who won their third straight and have earned points in 12 of 16 games.

Kris Letang and Chris Kunitz scored for Pittsburgh, and Sidney Crosby had two assists. Kunitz tied it with 13:58 remaining in regulation off Crosby’s pass from behind the net.

Skinner scored 22 seconds into a hooking minor on Evgeni Malkin.


NEW YORK (AP) - Brock Nelson scored a hat trick to take over the team lead in goals and Thomas Greiss made 18 saves in New York’s victory over Columbus.

Nelson snapped a 2-all tie with his 16th of the season at 17:29 of the second period, scoring unassisted against goalie Anton Forsberg with a snap shot from the left side. The 24-year-old forward also scored at the 12-minute mark of the first and added an empty-net goal to seal it.

Ryan Strome and defenseman Brian Strait also had goals for the Islanders. They moved back into a tie with the New York Rangers for second place in the Metropolitan Division ahead of their showdown in Brooklyn on Thursday.

William Karlsson and defenseman David Savard scored for the Blue Jackets.

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