PITTSBURGH -- Their MVP candidate center, the one that's not Sidney Crosby, is hurting. Four of their top seven defensemen are in street clothes dealing with a variety of injuries.
And yet the Pittsburgh Penguins keep rolling anyway.
Their 6-4 victory over New Jersey on Friday night included the usual dash of brilliance from Crosby but also plenty of help from those who normally find themselves watching Crosby and Evgeni Malkin - out with an upper body injury - do their thing.
All four lines contributed at least one goal as the Penguins moved within a point of first-place Washington in the Metropolitan Division. Crosby picked up two to move into a tie with Brad Marchand for the NHL lead with 37. Phil Kessel picked up his first in a month, Nick Bonino collected his fifth in his last six games and 27-year-old rookie Carter Rowney added the first of his career.
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- 5:35 NJD Kyle Palmieri Assists: Taylor Hall, John Moore
- 6:37 PIT Phil Kessel Assists: Patric Hornqvist, Matt Cullen
- 13:30 PIT Jake Guentzel Assists: Brian Dumoulin, Sidney Crosby
- 14:02 NJD Stefan Noesen Assists: Pavel Zacha, John Quenneville
- 19:45 PIT Sidney Crosby (Power Play) Assists: Mark Streit, Justin Schultz
- 15:47 PIT Nick Bonino Assists: Carter Rowney, Tom Kuhnhackl
- 19:09 NJD Beau Bennett Assists: Adam Henrique, Jon Merrill
- 5:17 PIT Carter Rowney Assists: Tom Kuhnhackl, Tom Sestito
- 16:29 NJD Kyle Palmieri (Power Play) Assists: Joseph Blandisi
- 19:26 PIT Sidney Crosby (ENG) Assists: Conor Sheary
The Devils host Columbus Sunday at 1 p.m.