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Malkin powers Penguins past Thrashers

Dec 19, 2008 - 3:38 AM
By Phil Foley PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins were happy to have Marc-Andre Fleury back in the fold.

Malkin recorded two goals and two assists and Fleury steered aside 28 shots in his first game back in a month as the Penguins scored three times in the second period and cruised to a 6-3 triumph over the listless Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday.

Jordan Staal netted a goal and an assist and Miroslav Satan added his 12th tally for the Penguins, who won for just the second time in six games.

"It was good (to be back)," Fleury said. "I was excited for the game. It's good to be back with the guys. It was fun to win it."

Without its No. 1 goaltender Fleury, Pittsburgh had struggled in December, winning just twice in seven games entering its tilt against the Thrashers.

Fleury returned to the ice on Thursday after missing 13 games with a back injury.?? The 24-year-old Pittsburgh netminder, who led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup Finals last season, was back making acrobatic saves. And the Penguins were back to their winning ways.

"We were hoping for a solid game (from Fleury)," Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien said. "I thought he was phenomenal. He made key save after key save early in the game."

Of course, it helped that his club scored early and often against the lowly Thrashers, who have just three wins since November 14.

Matt Cooke whistled a wrister from the left faceoff circle between the net and the right blocker of Atlanta netminder Ondrej Pavelec to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead just 5:23 into the contest.

Malkin muscled past Todd White and deposited the puck into the empty left side of the net at the 9:40 mark of the first period on Pittsburgh's fourth shot of the night as an ominous trend continued for the home team at the place they call "Blueland."

Four shots on net.?? Atlanta was down by two.

At least it was better start than Pavelec's than last time here, when he allowed three goals on four shots against the Boston Bruins last Friday.

"We played a good game, but we played a good game against Boston and lost 7-3 (last Friday)," Thrashers coach John Anderson said. "We have to play excellent. We can't let any mistakes creep into our game or else we pay for it."

Marty Reasoner halved the deficit with 38 seconds remaining in the first.?? Kovalchuk's shot from the left point deflected off of the body of Reasoner, who was thrown into Pittsburgh blueliner Brooks Orpik by captain Sidney Crosby.

A melee ensued in front of the net with the Pittsburgh superstar picking up a rare roughing penalty.

But the Penguins held Atlanta at bay on the ensuing power play and took control in with a pair of second-period tallies.??

Staal restored Pittsburgh's two-goal cushion, deflecting Malkin's slap shot from the right point 3:30 into the second period before Satan put the Penguins up three with a backhanded tally from the slot just over two minutes later.

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Malkin, who leads the league with 53 points and 39 assists, also set up Pittsburgh's fifth goal, setting up defenseman Philippe Boucher to give the Penguins a 5-2 lead at 8:04 of the middle period.

"Malkin played an outstanding game," Therrien said. "It's nice to see a player like that paying attention to detail and getting rewarded."

Frank Sinatra's ominous power ballad "That's Life" cascaded from Philips Arena sound system after the tally.

Pavelec, who stopped just eight of 13 shots, was through.

Johan Hedberg set aside six shots in relief of Pavelec.

Malkin added an empty net tally with 26 seconds remaining for the final margin of victory.

Bryan Little and former Penguin Colby Armstrong added tallies for Atlanta, which fell to 1-13-2 against the top seven clubs in the NHL.

"There have been games this year when we have started then stopped," Hedberg said. "What we need to do is keep the train rolling.

"You can't afford to stop against teams like (Pittsburgh). They are too good. They are going to make you pay and they did tonight."






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    Penguins 6, Thrashers 3  FinalDec 19 5:53 PM


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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PITTSBURGH 2 3 1 6
    ATLANTA 1 1 1 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - MATT COOKE 4 (TIM WALLACE, JORDAN STAAL) 5:32
    PIT - EVGENI MALKIN 13 (PETR SYKORA) 9:40
    ATL - MARTY REASONER 6 (ILYA KOVALCHUK, CHRIS THORBURN)
    19:21
    2ND PRD: PIT - (PP) JORDAN STAAL 11 (EVGENI MALKIN, SIDNEY C

    Dec 18 9:39 PM


  • NHL
    PITTSBURGH 6
    ATLANTA 3
    3RD PRD: PIT - (EN) EVGENI MALKIN 14 (SIDNEY CROSBY, ROB SCUDERI)
    19:33

    Penguins 6, Thrashers 3  3rd - 0:27Dec 18 9:34 PM


  • NHL
    PITTSBURGH 5
    ATLANTA 3
    3RD PRD: ATL - COLBY ARMSTRONG 7 (UNASSISTED) 14:55

    Penguins 5, Thrashers 3  3rd - 5:05Dec 18 9:23 PM
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    Penguins 5, Thrashers 2  3rd - 7:35Dec 18 9:22 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PITTSBURGH 2 3 5
    ATLANTA 1 1 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - MATT COOKE 4 (TIM WALLACE, JORDAN STAAL) 5:32
    PIT - EVGENI MALKIN 13 (PETR SYKORA) 9:40
    ATL - MARTY REASONER 6 (ILYA KOVALCHUK, CHRIS THORBURN)
    19:21
    2ND PRD: PIT - (PP) EVGENI MALKIN 14 (SIDNEY CR

    Dec 18 8:41 PM


  • NHL
    PITTSBURGH 5
    ATLANTA 2
    2ND PRD: PIT - PHILIPPE BOUCHER 2 (EVGENI MALKIN, PETR SYKORA) 8:04

    Penguins 5, Thrashers 2  2nd - 11:56Dec 18 8:23 PM


  • NHL
    PITTSBURGH 4
    ATLANTA 2
    2ND PRD: ATL - (PP) BRYAN LITTLE 12 (TODD WHITE, VYACHESLAV KOZLOV)
    7:32

    Penguins 4, Thrashers 2  2nd - 12:28Dec 18 8:22 PM


  • NHL
    PITTSBURGH 4
    ATLANTA 1
    2ND PRD: PIT - (PP) MIROSLAV SATAN 12 (JEFF TAFFE, RUSLAN FEDOTENKO)
    5:54

    Penguins 4, Thrashers 1  2nd - 14:06Dec 18 8:14 PM


  • NHL
    PITTSBURGH 3
    ATLANTA 1
    2ND PRD: PIT - (PP) EVGENI MALKIN 14 (SIDNEY CROSBY) 3:30

    Penguins 3, Thrashers 1  2nd - 16:30Dec 18 8:08 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PITTSBURGH 2 2
    ATLANTA 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - MATT COOKE 4 (JORDAN STAAL, TIM WALLACE) 5:32
    PIT - EVGENI MALKIN 13 (PETR SYKORA) 9:40
    ATL - MARTY REASONER 6 (ILYA KOVALCHUK, CHRIS THORBURN)
    19:21
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    ---

    Dec 18 7:47 PM


  • NHL
    PITTSBURGH 2
    ATLANTA 1
    1ST PRD: ATL - MARTY REASONER 6 (ILYA KOVALCHUK, CHRIS THORBURN) 19:21

    Penguins 2, Thrashers 1  1st - 0:39Dec 18 7:45 PM


  • NHL
    PITTSBURGH 2
    ATLANTA 0
    1ST PRD: PIT - EVGENI MALKIN 13 (PETR SYKORA) 9:40

    Penguins 2, Thrashers 0  1st - 10:20Dec 18 7:25 PM


  • NHL
    PITTSBURGH 1
    ATLANTA 0
    1ST PRD: PIT - MATT COOKE 4 (JORDAN STAAL, TIM WALLACE) 5:32

    Penguins 1, Thrashers 0  1st - 14:28Dec 18 7:18 PM
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