Pittsburgh at Los Angeles

Malkin scores in six straight; also nets overtime winner for Penguins


LOS ANGELES -- Evgeni Malkin's first goal Wednesday night was historic. His second was a game winner.

Malkin scored a power-play goal in overtime to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

Malkin slapped in a loose puck from the slot 2:45 into the extra period to give the Penguins their fifth straight win. The winner came with the Kings' Mattias Norstrom in the penalty box for tripping.

Malkin also scored in the first period, beating Dan Cloutier with a wrist shot, to become the first NHL player in 89 years with goals in his first six games. The 20-year-old Russian joined Joe Malone, Newsy Lalonde and Cy Denneny, who each scored in their first six games during the NHL's inaugural season in 1917-18.

"Malkin's contribution has been huge and I feel pretty fortunate to play with him," said Sidney Crosby, who had assists on both of Malkins goals and the tying goal by Noah Welch in the third period.

Wednesday's win was the Penguins' first in Los Angeles since January 1999. Pittsburgh is 4-0 on the road this season.

"We came out flat and they came at us hard from the first shift," said Penguins rookie Jordan Staal, who tied it with his fifth goal of the season 75 seconds after the opening faceoff.

Mike Cammalleri gave the Kings the lead just 25 seconds into the game.

Malkins first goal gave the Penguins a 2-1 early but Dustin Brown tied it 13 seconds into the second period. Rob Blake tapped in a rebound during a Kings' power play at 4:54 of the second to give Los Angeles a 3-2 lead before the Penguins rallied in the third.

"We did some simple things tonight that were wrong and it cost us in the end," Kings coach Marc Crawford said. "We're still growing as a team. There isn't any fault in the effort, the effort was definitely there."

Derek Armstrong had two assists for Los Angeles.


  • Malkin suffered a shoulder injury in the preseason and missed the first four Pittsburgh games before making his debut on October 18 against New Jersey.
  • The announced crowd of 18,118 was the third sellout of the season for the Kings.
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Evgeni Malkin keeps impressing the league as he scores in every game played thus far. (AP)
Evgeni Malkin keeps impressing the league as he scores in every game played thus far. (AP)
Pittsburgh  (7-3-0) «20114
Los Angeles (4-8-3)12003
Three Stars
D. Brown

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
J. Staal

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
M. Recchi

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
00:25Michael Cammalleri (6), Slap Shot - Assist: Dustin Brown
01:15Jordan Staal (5), Slap Shot - Assists: Mark Recchi, Nils Ekman
08:29Evgeni Malkin (6), Slap Shot - Assists: Sidney Crosby, Colby Armstrong
00:13Dustin Brown (2), Slap Shot - Unassisted.
04:54Power Play - Rob Blake (2), Slap Shot - Assists: Lubomir Visnovsky, Derek Armstrong
07:47Noah Welch, Slap Shot - Assists: Mark Recchi, Sidney Crosby
02:45Power Play - Evgeni Malkin (7), Slap Shot - Assists: Sergei Gonchar, Sidney Crosby
Penalty Summary
05:50Malkin: Tripping - 2 min.
09:48Avery: Interference - 2 min.
11:49Norstrom: High sticking - 2 min.
13:49Conroy: Hooking - 2 min.
03:57Moore: Broken Stick - 2 min.
05:41Conroy: Hooking - 2 min.
01:23Norstrom: Tripping - 2 min.
Los Angeles9115227
Marc-Andre Fleury 62:45243
Dan Cloutier 62:45194
Game Information
Attendance - 18118
Referees - Wes McCauley, Dean Warren
Linesmen - Brad Lazarowich, Jay Sharrers
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