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Malkin stars as Penguins win seventh straight, 4-3 over Panthers

PITTSBURGH – Evgeni Malkin scored Pittsburgh’s first goal and then decided the shootout for the Penguins, who rallied from two goals down in the third period and beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 Tuesday night for their seventh consecutive victory.

The winning streak is the Penguins’ longest since they won eight in a row from Dec. 23, 2007, through Jan. 10, 2008.

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Kris Letang and Malkin each got the puck past Tomas Vokoun as the Penguins won their second shootout in three days, following up a 4-3 decision Sunday in Washington.

Sidney Crosby scored the tying goal and assisted on NHL scoring leader Malkin’s 30th during Pittsburgh’s ninth win in 11 home games.