PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (AP) – The Pittsburgh Penguins have leapfrogged the Columbus Blue Jackets and are within one point of the first-place Washington Capitals in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference races.

Sidney Crosby scored twice and Carter Rowney notched his first NHL goal as the Pens beat New Jersey, 6-4. Crosby pulled into a tie for the league goal-scoring lead with his 36th and 37th. He also had an assist to help the Penguins win without Evgeni Malkin, who remains out with an upper-body injury.

Kyle Palmieri matched Crosby with two goals for New Jersey. Stefan Noesen and Beau Bennett also scored for the Devils. Phil Kessel picked up his first in a month, and Nick Bonino and Jake Guentzel scored goals for the Pens as well.

Matt Murray stopped 32 shots for Pittsburgh.