PITTSBURGH — The steady stream of names heading to injured reserve shows no signs of abating for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Thankfully for the Penguins, neither is Sidney Crosby.
Crosby’s 19th goal of the season broke a tie with just over 6 minutes remaining and Pittsburgh edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Monday night for their fourth straight victory.
Chris Conner and Brandon Sutter also scored for the Penguins, who were playing without a number of regulars, including forward Evgeni Malkin.
“We keep finding ways,” Crosby said. “A lot has to do with the way the (new guys) are playing.”
Pittsburgh took the ice with a handful of players who have spent the majority of the season at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League and only one defenseman — Matt Niskanen — with more than one year of NHL experience.
It hardly mattered on a night the Penguins kept the speedy Maple Leafs in check. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 shots for Pittsburgh to improve to 27-3 in his past 30 home starts. Pittsburgh has won four straight and nine of 10.
“It’s a pretty unique situation,” Niskanen said. “One rookie and five young guys playing. ... These guys have been coming up and playing with confidence and doing a good job. That’s exciting for the organization.”
Jets 3, Blue Jackets 2: In Columbus, Ohio, Evander Kane returned from an injury to score a goal and add an assist, leading Winnipeg.
Mark Scheifele and Bryan Little also had goals for the Jets, with Al Montoya making 22 saves.
Senators 3, Blues 2, OT: In Ottawa, Cody Ceci scored his first NHL goal in overtime and the Senators won.
Ceci recovered a clearing attempt by the Blues and sent a wrist shot toward the St. Louis goal that beat Brian Elliott at 3:59 of the extra period.
Avalanche 6, Stars 2: In Denver, Paul Stastny scored twice and added two assists and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Dallas Stars 6-2 on Monday night.
Erik Johnson and Andre Benoit also scored in a four-goal second period, and Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Barrie scored for Colorado.
• Bruins forward Shawn Thornton has decided to appeal his 15-game suspension for punching and injuring unsuspecting Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik.
• The Blackhawks activated forward Bryan Bickell from injured reserve.