Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist, James Neal scored the go-ahead goal on a power play, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Boston Bruins 5-3 on Tuesday night.
In Pittsburgh's first game since a late brawl Sunday against the Philadelphia Flyers, Crosby gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead 7:41 in. He made it 4-2 with 1:11 left in the second period with his club's second power-play goal in 48 seconds.
The Penguins maintained their one-point lead for the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference over the Philadelphia Flyers, who lost to the New York Rangers 5-3. The Bruins, who clinched the Northeast Division title on Sunday night, are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games.
Paul Martin and Arron Asham scored Pittsburgh's other goals. Benoit Pouliot, Milan Lucic and Rich Peverley scored for Boston.
Earlier Tuesday, hockey analyst Mike Milbury apologized for critical comments he made about Crosby. On a Philadelphia radio station on Monday, Milbury called Crosby ''a punk'' and criticized his role...