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TAMPA, Fla. — Sidney Crosby had three goals and an assist and Matt Niskanen scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 18.6 seconds left, lifting the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.


Niskanen scored the game-winner from the top of the left circle. Crosby assisted on the goal.


Crosby tied it at 3 with a knee-high re-direction of Rob Scuderi’s shot 25 seconds into the third, and then put Pittsburgh in front when he scored from the right circle with 9:34 remaining for his third goal on the night.


Crosby has a point in all five games this season. It’s his longest point streak to start a season since a six-game stretch in October 2005.


Alex Killorn got the equalizer for Tampa Bay with 3:02 to play. Valtteri Filppula, Steven Stamkos and Teddy Purcell also scored for the Lightning (3-2).


Brooks Orpik scored for the Penguins (4-1), who lost 6-3 Friday night at Florida.


Orpik stopped a 110-game goal drought dating to Nov. 21, 2011, when tied it at 2 just 1:50 after Stamkos’ goal. The defenseman has 12 career goals in 636 NHL games.


Tampa Bay took a 3-2 lead on Purcell’s knee-high deflection during a power play with 4:18 to go in the second.


Stamkos, coming off a hat trick in Thursday’s 7-2 victory over Florida, gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead from the right circle at 5:11 of the second.


Red Wings 5, Flyers 2


DETROIT — Henrik Zetterberg had two goals and an assist, and Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall each had a goal and two assists to lead the Detroit Red Wings.


Todd Bertuzzi also scored for Detroit, which had three power-play goals to snap its 0-for-10 season-opening man-advantage skid. Daniel Alfredsson had three assists and Jimmy Howard made 32 saves.


Erik Gustafsson and Tye McGinn scored for Philadelphia and Ray Emery stopped 25 shots. Flyers interim coach Craig Berube dropped to 1-2 since replacing the fired Peter Laviolette on Monday.


Bruins 3, Blue Jackets 1


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Loui Eriksson scored from a hard angle in the opening minute of the third period for his first goal with Boston, and the Bruins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets.


Playing their first road game, the Bruins also got a goal from Chris Kelly, and an empty-net tally from Milan Lucic. Tuukka Rask made 26 saves.


Rask blocked Marian Gaborik’s tying attempt in the closing moments and then pushed the puck aside with his glove.


Jack Johnson scored on a first-period power play for the Blue Jackets, who won their last two on the road but are now 0-2 at home.


Sergei Bobrovsky, last year’s Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s top goalie, stopped 33 shots.


Avalanche 5 Capitals 1


WASHINGTON — Alex Tanguay scored twice and Semyon Varlamov made 40 saves in his return to Washington as the Colorado Avalanche remained perfect under coach Patrick Roy.


It is the first time the franchise is 5-0 since the 1994-95 season when the team was the Quebec Nordiques.


Rookie Nathan MacKinnon added his first NHL goal and an assist, and Matt Duchene and Jamie McGinn also scored for Colorado. Peter Stastny earned two assists, including his 400th NHL point.


Varlamov, traded by the Capitals to the Avalanche in 2011, carried a shutout into the third period before Eric Fehr beat him at 2:03. Varlamov is 4-0 with a 1.00 goals against average.


Michael Neuvirth made 23 saves for the Capitals (1-4) in his first start this season. Washington has lost three straight.


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