Crosby stars in Penguins win
Sidney Crosby scored for the sixth successive game as the Pittsburgh Penguins eased to a 5-2 win against the overmatched Washington Capitals.
Crosby added two assists to complete a fine individual performance, with further goals from Evgeni Malkin, Pascal Dupuis, James Neal and Matt Cooke sealing a comfortable win for the Eastern Conference Atlantic leaders, who have won their last five matches.
Washington bookended the scoring through Mike Ribeiro and Alex Ovechkin, but it was not enough to stop them from crashing to their fifth loss in six.
Teenager JT Miller marked his second career game for the the New York Rangers with his first two NHL goals in his side's 4-1 win over rivals the New York Islanders.
The 19-year-old opened the scoring before Marian Gaborik doubled their lead and although the Islanders narrowed the deficit through John Tavares, the Rangers closed out the game when Miller struck again and Ryan McDonagh added gloss to the scoreline.
Patrick Kane scored twice and set up another as the Chicago Blackhawks eased past the Phoenix Coyotes 6-2.
Viktor Stalberg, Dave Bolland, Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell also netted for the Blackhawks, who are still the only unbeaten team in regulation this season, with goals from Martin Hanzal and Raffi Torres for the Coyotes proving mere consolation.
Daniel Sedin, Chris Higgins, Mason Raymond and Jannik Hansen were all on-target as the Vancouver Canucks charged to a 4-1 triumph over the Minnesota Wild, who finished the scoring through Tom Gilbert.
Pekka Rinne claimed his first shutout of the season as Nashville eased past the Los Angeles Kings 3-0, Gabriel Bourque and Colin Wilson (two) notching for the Predators.
The New Jersey Devils claimed their third win on the trot with a a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning and Daniel Cleary, Jakub Kindl, Cory Emmerton, Damien Brunner and Valtteri Filppula were all on the scoresheet in the Detroit Red Wings' 5-1 win over the St Louis Blues.
Phil Kessel's first goal of the season turned out to be the winner as the Toronto Maple Leafs came from 2-1 down claim a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets, who have lost four of their last five, while Jonathon Huberdeau and Peter Mueller both struck in a shootout to give the Florida Panthers a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Thomas Vanek scored twice in regulation time and once in the shootout as the Buffalo Sabres edged out the Montreal Canadiens 5-4, Alex Tanguay's goal in overtime gave the Calgary Flames a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets and Jay Harrison netted in the extra period to help the Carolina Hurricanes squeak past the Ottawa Senators 3-2.