Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price saw the NHL's leading scorer bearing down on him and figured he had maybe an inch or two over his right shoulder exposed.
Thing is, an inch or two is all Sidney Crosby needs these days.
Crosby beat Price with a laser to the top corner of the net late in the second period, Marc-Andre Fleury and Tomas Vokoun teamed up to stop 37 shots, and the host Penguins extended their winning streak to 13 games with a 1-0 victory on Tuesday night.
"He's the best player in the world, so we got beat tonight by the best player in the world, by the perfect shot," Montreal coach Michel Therrien said.
Crosby delivered after a rare defensive breakdown by the Canadiens. Chris Kunitz found Crosby with a pretty cross-ice pass and Crosby did the rest. His 15th goal of the season turned out to be just enough to keep Pittsburgh's march through March going.
Blackhawks 2, Flames 0: Ray Emery made 16 saves for his first shutout in more than three years, defensemen Nick Leddy and Brent Seabrook scored, and host Chicago snapped a two-game losing streak in blanking Calgary. Emery improved to 12-0 in recording his 12th career shutout, and first since Feb. 1, 2010, when he shut out the Flames while with Philadelphia.
Oilers 3, Blues 0: Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 43 shots and Jordan Eberle had two goals and an assist and Edmonton shut out host St. Louis. The victory was the first for the Oilers in four games, which included a 3-0 loss to the Blues on Saturday in Edmonton. It was the Oilers' first win in St. Louis since Dec. 11, 2009.
Islanders 3, Capitals 2: John Tavares broke a tie with 5:18 left to help the Islanders beat host Washington. Matt Moulson forced a turnover by Washington defenseman Mike Green next to the Capitals' net and fed Tavares in the right circle for his 20th goal of the season.
Rangers 5, Flyers 2: Rick Nash scored twice, Derek Stepan had a goal and three assists, and the Rangers extended their dominance of Philadelphia with a win over the host Flyers. Rangers coach John Tortorella became the 30th coach in NHL history to reach 400 wins, and his team maintained its hold on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
Lightning 2, Sabres 1: Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis each had a goal and an assist and host Tampa Bay defeated Buffalo.Stamkos scored his league-leading 23rd goal of the season off a deflection past Ryan Miller at 16:01 of the first period.
Maple Leafs 3, Panthers 2: Joffrey Lupul scored twice in the third period, and Ben Scrivens made 40 saves in host Toronto's victory over Florida.
Jets 4, Hurricanes 1: Evander Kane had a goal and three assists to lead Winnipeg past host Carolina.