UNDATED (AP) — Joe Vitale's (vih-TA'-leez) goal late in the first period snapped a 1-1 tie and Pittsburgh hung on for a 2-1 victory over visiting Boston in a matchup of Eastern Conference contenders. Sidney Crosby netted his 13th goal of the season for the Penguins, who notched their ninth straight victory and moved two points clear of idle Montreal at the top of the conference standings. Pens goalie Tomas Vokoun (voh-KOON') was credited with 31 saves.

In other NHL action:

__ Alex Ovechkin (oh-VECH'-kin) scored his 350th career goal in Washington's 5-3 win over Buffalo.

— Jakob Silfverberg scored twice to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

— Jordan Eberle had a goal and assist to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 victory over the Nashville.