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Malkin has goal, assist as Penguins beat Red Wings 3-2 in preseason opener

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist in his first NHL game action in more than seven months, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Wednesday night in the preseason opener for both teams.

Malkin, a former NHL scoring champion, didn’t play after Feb. 5 when he tore an ACL and joined star teammate Sidney Crosby on the sideline down the stretch and into the playoffs.

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Chris Kunitz and Matt Niskanen also scored for Pittsburgh (1-0). Niklas Kronwall and Jiri Hudler scored for the Red Wings (0-1) and Pavel Datsyuk had two assists.

Crosby has not been cleared for contact workouts due to a concussion.

Jordan Staal and Brooks Orpik did not play for Pittsburgh, while Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg didn’t dress for Detroit.