NHL - Penguins beat Bruins to go top

The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Boston Bruins for the second time in less than a week to record a ninth straight victory and establish their superiority atop the Eastern Conference.

NHL - Penguins beat Bruins to go top

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Brandon Sutter of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates with Sidney Crosby after scoring the game winning goal against the Boston Bruins (AFP)

Penguins 2, Bruins 1

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins met for the second time in less than a week on Sunday afternoon with both teams wanting to establish their superiority atop the Eastern Conference.

And it was the Penguins who were superior as they skated to a 2-1 victory and their ninth straight victory.

Just one point separated the two teams heading into the game. The Penguins came in with 42 total points, good for second place in the Eastern Conference standings. Meanwhile, the Bruins entered play with 41 total points, perched fourth in the Eastern Conference.

In this match-up of beasts of the East, the Penguins continued their winning ways, skating to their ninth consecutive win and playing defense that the Pittsburgh Steelers would be proud of, allowing just five goals in their last five games.

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Senators 4, Jets 1

The Ottawa Senators took care of business in relative comfort for a change. After 11 straight one goal games, they defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 at a sold-out Scotiabank Place. It was the Senators' second win in two days and snapped the Jets winning streak at three.

Jakob Silfverberg led the Senators with two goals. Guillaume Latendresse and Kyle Turris had the others. Senators goalie Robin Lehner made 25 saves for his second victory of the season.

Zach Bogosian scored for Winnipeg. Goalie Ondrej Pavelec was Winnipeg's best player, making 38 saves.

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Capitals 5, Sabres 3

The Washington Capitals used a three-goal flurry in the second period to take a big lead, then needed a late goal by Mathieu Perreault to put away the Buffalo Sabres with a 5-3 win at the Verizon Center.

Alex Ovechkin, Troy Brouwer, Jason Chimera and Marcus Johansson also scored for the Capitals, who improved to 12-15-1 and moved one point ahead of the Sabres in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Capitals are now six points behind the eighth-place Carolina Hurricanes and seven behind the Southeast Division-leading Winnipeg Jets, whom they face in back-to-back games later this week in Winnipeg.

The Sabres lost for the sixth time in seven games.

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Oilers 3, Predators 2

The Edmonton Oilers inched another step closer to a playoff spot, extending their points streak to four games with a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators.

The win moved the Oilers to within two points of the eighth seed while the Predators remain stalled in 10th.

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