Ice Hockey - Penguins beat Islanders for 11th straight win

The Pittsburgh Penguins recorded their 11th straight win by beating the New York Islanders 4-2.

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Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins (Reuters)

Penguins 4, Islanders 2

Brandon Sutter's goal less than two minutes into the third period broke a tie at Nassau Coliseum.

The Penguins (24-8-0) tied the Blackhawks for the longest winning streak in the NHL this season (Chicago won 11 in a row from Feb. 15-Mar. 6) and moved within six wins of tying the NHL's all-time longest winning streak, set by the Penguins 20 years ago.

Joe Vitale and Chris Kunitz also scored for the Penguins, who scored an empty netter as time expired to record just their fourth multi-goal win of the streak. The Penguins have outscored the opposition 44-25 during their run.

Mark Streit and Josh Bailey scored for the Islanders (13-15-3), who outshot the Penguins 35-25 but still lost their third in a row and missed a valuable chance to gain on the idle Hurricanes and Rangers in the race for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

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Blue Jackets 5, Flames 1

In the span of 75 seconds, the Blue Jackets turned a tight game with Calgary into one of their most lopsided wins of the season. And Columbus' improbable point streak continues to grow.

Nick Foligno scored two goals 51 seconds apart, and Artem Anisimov added one only 24 seconds after Foligno's flurry, giving the Blue Jackets a flash-quick cushion on the way to a 5-1 win in Nationwide Arena.

It was the fastest three goals in franchise history, beating the previous mark (1:46) set on Oct. 7, 2000, the first game in franchise history.

Fourth-liners Jared Boll and Colton Gillies also scored for the Blue Jackets, whose 12-game point streak (8-0-4) is a franchise record.

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Capitals 6, Jets 1

The Washington Capitals completed a two-game sweep of the Winnipeg Jets, breathing life into their playoff hopes.

Friday night's 6-1 win at the MTS Centre came on the heels of a suffocating 4-0 victory on Thursday.

With four points in 23 hours, the Capitals increased their total to 29 and have moved to within three points of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Capitals opened the scoring on a one-timer from Brooks Laich at 12:10 of the first period on a nice feed from Mike Ribeiro.

They extended the lead less than five minutes later when Ribeiro's pass to Troy Brouwer was one-timed to the back of the net. Brouwer has scored in every one of the Capitals' games with the Jets this season.

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