Malkin's five-point game helps Penguins down JetsFeb 12, 2012 - 12:56 AM Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Evgeni Malkin had a goal and four assists, as the Penguins downed the Jets, 8-5, on Saturday.
Kris Letang added two goals and an assist and Jordan Staal scored in his first game back from a knee injury for the Penguins, who had gone 1-2-1 over their previous four games.
Chris Kunitz added a goal and three assists, while Marc-Andre Fleury made 20 saves in the win.
"We wanted to play a little bit of a better game," said Staal. "We obviously did a great job offensively to stay ahead of them but we have to play better defensively if we want to keep winning."
Winnipeg had won two straight, including Thursday's comeback victory over the Capitals, but was downed by a relentless Pittsburgh attack. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 31-of-39 shots in the loss, while Tim Stapleton, Dustin Byfuglien and Bryan Little all finished with a goal and an assist.
The Jets carried the momentum from Thursday's comeback, which saw them score two late goals before winning in a shootout, into Saturday. They were ahead 2-0 before the midway point of the first on tallies by Kyle Wellwood and Alexander Burmistrov. But the Penguins battled back, tying the game before the first intermission behind goals from Dustin Jeffrey and James Neal.
They continued to surge in the second, as Kunitz drove home a snap shot just 3:12 in and Letang's backhander made it a 4-2 game near the midway point. Stapleton responded minutes later, burying a centering pass from Blake Wheeler, who had fallen down behind the net. But Malkin re-established a two- goal advantage with a wrister towards the end of the period.
Byfuglien scored 4:35 into the third, wristing one home from the right circle, but Richard Park negated the tally 19 seconds later with a tip-in goal, making it 6-4.
Staal, who had missed 15 straight games due to a balky knee, pushed the advantage to three with a wrister at the 7:48 mark and Letang answered Little's goal at the midway point with a tally in the closing minutes to seal the comfortable win.
"I thought it was poor," said Jets coach Claude Noel. "We didn't win battles. Was there anything good out of that game?"
This was the third of four meetings between the teams this season. The Penguins have won two of three thus far...Staal has six goals in his last 10 outings against Winnipeg...Fleury improved to 12-2 in his last 14 starts against the Winnipeg franchise...Pavelec is 1-9 lifetime against the Penguins.
- WINNIPEG: 5
Feb 11 4:35 PM
- Pittsburgh Power-Play Goal - Kris Letang (7), at 17:16.
Jets 5, Penguins 8 3rd - 2:44Feb 11 4:31 PM
- Winnipeg Goal - Bryan Little (14), at 10:02.
Jets 5, Penguins 7 3rd - 9:58Feb 11 4:17 PM
- Pittsburgh Goal - Jordan Staal, from Pascal Dupuis at 7:48.
Jets 4, Penguins 7 3rd - 12:12Feb 11 4:14 PM
- Pittsburgh Goal - Richard Park (5), at 4:54.
Jets 4, Penguins 6 3rd - 15:06Feb 11 4:08 PM
- Winnipeg Goal - Dustin Byfuglien, at 4:35.
Jets 4, Penguins 5 3rd - 15:25Feb 11 4:07 PM
- WINNIPEG: 3
End of 2nd
Feb 11 3:43 PM
- Dustin Jeffrey wrist shot on Ondrej Pavelec.
Jets 3, Penguins 5 2nd - 2:39Feb 11 3:34 PM
- Winnipeg Goal - Tim Stapleton (8), at 14:19.
Jets 3, Penguins 4 2nd - 5:41Feb 11 3:29 PM
- Pittsburgh Goal - Kris Letang (6), at 9:53.
Jets 2, Penguins 4 2nd - 10:07Feb 11 3:19 PM
- Pittsburgh Power-Play Goal - Chris Kunitz (15), at 3:12.
Jets 2, Penguins 3 2nd - 16:48Feb 11 3:08 PM
- WINNIPEG: 2
End of 1st
Feb 11 2:44 PM
- Pittsburgh Goal - James Neal (29), from Evgeni Malkin at 16:42.
Jets 2, Penguins 2 1st - 3:18Feb 11 2:38 PM
- Pittsburgh Goal - Dustin Jeffrey (3), at 12:11.
Jets 2, Penguins 1 1st - 7:49Feb 11 2:32 PM
- Joe Vitale wrist shot on Ondrej Pavelec.
Jets 2, Penguins 0 1st - 11:03Feb 11 2:25 PM
- Tim Stapleton shot on Marc-Andre Fleury.
Jets 1, Penguins 0 1st - 11:56Feb 11 2:23 PM
- Winnipeg Goal - Tim Stapleton (8), at 8:04.
Jets 2, Penguins 0 1st - 11:56Feb 11 2:23 PM
- Winnipeg Goal - Kyle Wellwood (11), at 5:17.
Jets 1, Penguins 0 1st - 14:43Feb 11 2:17 PM
- WINNIPEG: 0
1st Period - 20:00
Feb 11 2:10 PM
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