PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby saw a small opening and took advantage for one memorable goal.Crosby put Pittsburgh ahead to stay with a dazzling score in the second period, and the Penguins beat the Dallas Stars 6-2 on Thursday night.There arent too many players in the league that would even think to make that type of play, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. Its a heads-up play by an elite player that thinks the game at an extremely high level and differently than most.Crosby also had two assists as Pittsburgh bounced back nicely from Wednesdays 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders. Eric Fehrs third goal of the season was No. 100 for his career, and Patric Hornqvist, Conor Sheary, Nick Bonino and Ian Cole also scored.Crosby got his league-leading 16th goal in the final 30 seconds of the second. Crosby, from behind the goal, initially tried to bank a shot off Stars goaltender Antti Niemi. When that plan was unsuccessful, he batted his own rebound out of the air, off Niemi and into the net.I was just trying to get it to the net on the first one, Crosby said. The second one, it was just kind of laying there for me. It was pretty slow, so it was a good one to get.Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves for Pittsburgh. Fleury, who won for the first time in five starts, has six wins in his last nine home games.He wasnt surprised by Crosbys goal.I see him do that in practice a lot on me, Fleury said. I was glad though because it was big for us.Tyler Seguin and Devin Shore scored for the Stars, who continue to struggle on the road. Niemi, playing in his 400th career game, stopped 34 shots.Dallas has three wins in 14 road games this season. The Stars have lost three straight and seven of their last 10 overall.I think we all take pride in here, Seguin said. Its just not good enough. Its frustrating and we have to dig deeper, especially in those big moments and find ways to win hockey games.Crosby has 16 goals in 18 games after missing the first six because of a concussion. He has six goals and 12 points in his last eight games.The Penguins are 7-0 following a regulation loss and 16-0-1 after the previous 17 regulation defeats dating to last season. Pittsburgh also snapped a four-game skid against the Stars.The defending Stanley Cup champions were an inconsistent group throughout the majority of November, alternating wins and losses most of the month.The Penguins hope Crosbys goal can help turn things around in December.I think we expect better of ourselves every game, Crosby said. Were working hard, but I still think we can execute better.Game notes Stars D Stephen Johns, a Pittsburgh native, registered an assist in his first game against his hometown team. ... Seguin has 13 points in his last 14 games. ... Stars F Jason Spezza has 48 points in 41 career games against Pittsburgh. ... Penguins F Scott Wilson replaced Jake Guentzel in the lineup. ... Penguins F Chris Kunitz is skating, and getting closer to a return, but missed his sixth straight with a lower-body injury. ... Penguins D Trevor Daley, who played 11 seasons in Dallas, faced his former team for the first time.UP NEXTStars: Complete a four-game trip Saturday at Colorado.Penguins: Continue a three-game home stand Saturday against Detroit. Air Max 97 NZ For Sale . -- Tony Stewart is 20 pounds lighter and has a titanium rod in his surgically repaired right leg. Wholesale Air Max 97 NZ . General manager Jarmo Kekalainen told Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch on Friday that he wants to see Gaboriks contributions go beyond the scoresheet before considering a long-term deal for the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent. http://www.clearanceairmax97nz.com/ . 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The future looks promising for a team that spent 2016 overcoming every obstacle in its path.- CLEVELAND -- Theo Epstein, baseballs drought-buster, ended long runs of failure for the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs. Its safe to say this baseball guru will find his way to the Hall of Fame.- Theyll relive the game for generations, these Cubs fans, talking about the magical night in Cleveland when the skies opened and the curse of the Billy Goat was buried once and for all.- MIAMI -- President Barack Obama invites the Cubs to visit him at the White House. But Obama (a White Sox fan) reminds them to act quickly. He leaves office in mid-January.- TAMPA, Fla. -- Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons try to tighten their grip on first place in the NFC South when they face Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Game starts 8:25 p.m.- FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tom Brady has played in only four games, but at 39 he is in the conversation to become the oldest winner of the MVP award.- ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Wade Phiillips didnt lose his sense of humor when Melvin Gordon plowed over him on the sideline.dddddddddddd The Broncos defensive coordinator discusses the jarring crash.- OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kevin Durant faces Russell Westbrook and the rest of his former Oklahoma City teammates for the first time since joining Golden State. Oklahoma City is 4-0. Game starts 10:30 p.m.- NEW YORK -- Rookie sensation Jimmy Vesey and the surging Rangers look for their sixth win in seven games when they play the Western Conference-leading Edmonton. Game starts 7 p.m.- Two Top 25 college football games Thursday night: No. 12 Oklahoma at Iowa State (7:30 p.m.) and UCLA at No. 21 Colorado (9 p.m.).- The AP announces its womens basketball preseason All-America team.- VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Villanova has basked in a championship celebration for seven months. Now its time to defend the crown. The Wildcats are the Big East favorites and ranked fourth in the nation.- PARIS -- Marin Cilic earns a spot in the ATP finals by defeating David Goffin to reach the Paris Masters quarterfinals. The 2014 U.S. Open champion will next face top-ranked Novak Djokovic or Grigor Dimitrov.- LAS VEGAS -- Opening round of Shriners Children Hospitals Open on PGA Tour. Davis Love III is playing for the first time since he was the winning captain at the Ryder Cup. ' ' '