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Crosby, Malkin lead Penguins over Kings

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and the surging

Pittsburgh Penguins made quick work of the Los Angeles Kings.

Malkin and Crosby each had a goal and an assist to help the

Penguins beat the Kings 4-1 on Friday night.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves, and Tyler Kennedy and Bill

Guerin added goals for Pittsburgh. The Penguins, tied with

Philadelphia for fourth in the Eastern Conference, have won

three straight to improve to 12-1-3 under interim coach Dan

Bylsma.

"There's a confidence and a swagger to our team," Bylsma said.

"We have every right to have that right now with our record over

the past 16 games."

The Penguins have a chance to break their tie with Philadelphia

on Sunday, when they host the Flyers.

"It seems like everything is going good for us," Fleury said.

"We're having more fun. We're happy, smiling, and the team is

improving."

Friday's game was decided in the first period, when Malkin and

Crosby scored to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead.

Crosby opened the scoring with 7:27 left in the first period,

stealing a pass from Justin Williams in the right faceoff circle

and firing a backhander past goalie Jonathan Quick. Crosby

extended his points streak to 12 games with his 28th goal.

"Los Angeles is a team that works hard on the road," Crosby

said. "It was important for us to get the lead. We did that and

kept it."

Almost 5 minutes later, Malkin redirected a pass from Crosby and

scored a power-play goal to give the Penguins a two-goal

advantage.

Malkin leads the NHL with 104 points on 33 goals and 71 assists.

Crosby, with 94 points, passed Washington's Alex Ovechkin for

second place.

Kennedy and Guerin scored 2:23 apart in the second period to

give Pittsburgh a 4-0 lead.

Bylsma, a former Kings player who was coaching against Los

Angeles for the first time, was happy with his team's aggressive

play.

"This was a game where it didn't matter if it was Los Angeles,

Boston, or Philadelphia," he said. "We needed to focus on

playing the right way. It was good to see us come out and play

the right way."

Michal Handzus scored, and Quick made 22 saves for Los Angeles,

which is 1-1 on a season-long six-game road trip. The Kings, who

entered the game in 13th place in the Western Conference, beat

Boston in overtime Thursday night.

"We battled and fought hard, but we just didn't have it today,"

Quick said.

Handzus spoiled Fleury's shutout with a 5-on-3, power-play goal,

his 17th of the season, with 12:33 left in the game.

"When you're down 4-0, you have to keep working at your game,

and that is really important when you're in that situation," Los

Angeles coach Terry Murray said. "We're a young club that has to

figure that out."

Los Angeles finished 1-for-8 on the power play. The Penguins

have killed 39 of 42 penalties over their past nine games and

are 7-0-2 in that span.

"It's disappointing to let that one up, but it is 5-on-3,"

Bylsma said. "For the rest of the game, our penalty kill was

strong."

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