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Nashville edges Pittsburgh: Crosby headed to Olympics

PITTSBURGH — Four goals and the shootout clincher were scored by players who will participate in the Olympics starting this week.

But after the Nashville Predators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 Sunday afternoon, the only Olympian anyone wanted to talk about was the one who blocked a shot with his foot.

Canada can breathe a sigh of relief.

Team Canada and Penguins star Sidney Crosby tied Alex Ovechkin for the NHL lead in goals with his 42nd, but gave his native nation a scare when he was wincing in pain after taking a Kevin Klein slap shot off his foot early in the second period.

Crosby did not, however, miss a shift the remainder of the game and afterward downplayed the situation.

"I will be there," Crosby said of Vancouver, where Team Canada was to practice Monday and open against Norway on Tuesday. "I'm on the flight tonight."

Cal O'Reilly and Martin Erat scored during the shootout, Erat, Jordin Tootoo and Shea Weber scored in regulation and Dan Ellis made 30 saves and stopped Kris Letang and Crosby in the shootout for Nashville, which is on a 2-2-1 stretch.

Matt Cooke and Brooks Orpik also scored for the Penguins.

WILD 6, CANUCKS 2: At St. Paul, Minn., Niklas Backstrom got his first win in three weeks, and Minnesota scored three power-play goals against Roberto Luongo, sending him to the bench early. Cal Clutterbuck's shot off an uncovered rebound in the slot with 11:56 remaining slipped past Luongo for a 5-1 lead, prompting coach Alain Vigneault to summon backup goalie Andrew Raycroft to finish up. Defenseman Cam Barker made his Minnesota debut and scored on a late slap shot.

RANGERS 5, LIGHTNING 2: At New York, Erik Christensen had two goals and an assist to lead the Rangers to the victory. Sean Avery, Vinny Prospal and Chris Drury also scored for New York, which heads to the Olympic break on a two-game winning streak. The Rangers trailed 2-0 after one period but responded with four goals in the second. New York's Henrik Lundqvist, one of the goalies for Sweden in the Olympics, made 27 saves.

SENATORS 4, ISLANDERS 3: At Uniondale, N.Y., Alex Kovalev, Jason Spezza and Mike Fisher scored in a 6:59 span in the third period for Ottawa. The Senators won for the 14th time in their past 16 games, erasing a 3-1 deficit to head into the Olympic break with momentum. Jarkko Ruutu also scored.

BLACKHAWKS 5, BLUE JACKETS 4 (SO): At Columbus, Ohio, Troy Brouwer scored in the fourth round of the shootout to give Chicago the victory.

Jake Dowell and Patrick Sharp each had a goal an assist, and Bryan Bickell also had a goal for the Blackhawks, who won their fourth in a row.

DUCKS 7, OILERS 3: At Edmonton, Alberta, Ryan Getzlaf made a strong case to keep his spot with Team Canada, scoring twice and adding two assists in his first game back from a sprained left ankle to help Anaheim beat Edmonton. Saku Koivu, Corey Perry, Scott Niedermayer, George Parros and Bobby Ryan also scored for Anaheim.