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Malkin's OT tally pushes Penguins past Blackhawks

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- In a game that saw a little bit of

everything, the NHL's leading scorer found the net at just the

right time for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Evgeni Malkin scored on the power play 96 seconds into overtime

to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a wild 5-4 triumph over the

Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.

Kris Versteeg took a tripping penalty with 22 seconds left in

regulation to set the stage for Malkin. After blasting a shot

wide of the net, the All-Star one-timed a feed from defenseman

Sergei Gonchar past Antti Niemi for his 28th goal of the season.

"If we didn't get the result we did, it would have been really

disappointing after we had two two-goal leads," Pittsburgh coach

Dan Bylsma said. "There is a lot to dissect after this one, but

bottom line is we got two points."

Jordan Staal and newcomer Chris Kunitz recorded a goal and an

assist and Miroslav Satan and Maxime Talbot also tallied for

Pittsburgh, which won despite missing captain Sidney Crosby for

a second straight game because of a groin injury.

Jonathan Toews recorded his first career hat trick with three

power-play tallies and set a career-high with 25 goals on the

season for the Blackhawks, who have lost three straight.

"Johnny had a special night tonight," Chicago coach Joel

Quenneville said. "He has gotten better every game this year.

We love the trend on how he has taken charge, the puck was

follwing him around tonight."

Pittsburgh took a 4-2 lead into the final period, a session that

saw Chicago hold a 20-4 advantage in shots on goal. After

having an earlier goal called off for a high stick, Toews scored

1:55 into the third to cut the deficit in half and complete the

hat trick.

The goal sparked fans, for the second time on the night, to

litter the ice with red construction helmets, which were handed

out to the first 10,000 fans as part of a promotions giveaway.

"At first I didn't know what was going on," Toews said. "But I

did get smoked with one going by our bench, that was cool.

Second time at least (the) things didn't go to waste."

Dave Bolland knotted the score at 4-4 late in the third for

Chicago, which came back from a pair of two-goal deficits to

salvage a point.

A key stretch of the contest occurred in the second when Toews

had apparently put Chicago ahead for the first time, 3-2, when

he tipped a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury with 4:21 left in the

second, sending the first round of construction helmets onto the


But the replay showed Toews made contact with the puck above the

crossbar, wiping out the goal.

"At first I wasn't sure, then I saw the replay and I knew it was

a good goal," Toews said. "So it was very disapointing to have

it taken away."

Pittsburgh would take advantage as Satan and Talbot scored 37

seconds apart before the end of the period to give Pittsburgh a

4-2 lead heading into the third and chase Cristobal Huet from

the game.

Huet gave up four goals on 22 shots in 40 minutes of action

while Niemi came on to stop five shots in the third period and


"I thought we played well most of the night, but it's

disappointing not to get two points," Quenneville said.

"Especially with how we controlled the play in the third period

and generated a lot of scoring opportunites. We did everything

tonight but win the game."

Staal and Kunitz scored first-period goals to stake the Penguins

to a 2-0 lead. Kunitz saw his first action with Pittsburgh

since being acquired - along with fellow left wing Eric Tangradi

- from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenseman Ryan Whitney

on Thursday.

Fleury made 41 saves for the Penguins, who opened a five-game

road swing in winning fashion.

"It was a game where the guys worked hard and we earned the two

points," Fleury said. "We need them trying to get back into the

race. Chicago is a good team so this is a good win."


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