Penguins claim first place

Los Angles Kings' Simon Gagne (12) gets off a shot over Chicago Blackhawks' Dave Bolland (36) in the second period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 3-2. (AP Photo/John Smierciak)
Los Angles Kings' Simon Gagne (12) gets off a shot over Chicago Blackhawks' Dave Bolland (36) in the second period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 3-2. (AP Photo/John Smierciak) (John Smierciak)
Posted: February 18, 2013

Defenseman Paul Martin scored with 2 minutes, 4 seconds left to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Pittsburgh (11-5-0) won its third straight and improved to 8-2 in its last 10 to move ahead of idle New Jersey atop the Eastern Conference standings.

Blackhawks streaking on

Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews each had a goal and an assist to help the host Chicago Blackhawks beat the Los Angeles Kings, 3-2, on Sunday, extending their season-opening points streak to 15 games.

Patrick Sharp also scored for the Blackhawks (12-0-3), who matched the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers for the second-longest season-opening points streak in NHL history. Chicago is one away from the league record, set by Anaheim in 2006-07, and will try to match the mark on Tuesday when it hosts Vancouver.

Gallagher out

The Montreal Canadiens are hopeful Brendan Gallagher won't miss much time a day after suffering a concussion in a win against the Flyers.

The feisty rookie forward left Saturday night's game early in the third period after taking a hit from Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn.

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said Gallagher was already "feeling a lot better," though he stressed that the club will follow league protocol.

- Associated Press

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