MALKIN'S GOAL WINS IT IN OVERTIME FOR PENGUINS
LOS ANGELES – Evgeni Malkin’s goal gave the Penguins a 4-3 overtime win Wednesday night over the Kings.
The Penguins (7-3) captured their fifth-consecutive win. The Penguins last won five games in a row during the 2001-02 season when they won six straight games, Jan. 17-26, 2002.
The Penguins have now won their first four road games for the first time since they won five straight on the road, Nov. 15, 1997-Dec. 10, 1997
Michael Cammalleri scored 25 seconds in to give Los Angeles a 1-0 lead. All alone in front, he lifted the puck past goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
Jordan Staal tied the game at 1-all 50 seconds later. Mark Recchi, behind the net, backhanded a pass to Staal at the crease and he stuffed it into the net past Dan Cloutier. Nils Ekman earned the other assist.
Malkin rifled a shot past Cloutier 8:29 into the contest. From behind the net, Sidney Crosby sent a pass to the slot and Malkin, who was drifting in front of the goal, one-timed the puck into the net. Colby Armstrong added the other assist.
Malkin is the first rookie in the NHL’s “modern era” to score in each of his first six games. Three other players – Montreal’s Joe Malone, Ottawa’s Cy Denneny and Montreal’s Newsy Lalonde – achieved it in 1917-18, the league’s first season.
Malkin is also the only player in Penguins’ history to score a goal in each of his first five games.
The Kings tied the game 13 seconds into the second period on Dustin Brown’s goal.
Los Angeles went ahead, 3-2, when Rob Blake tapped in a power-play goal 4:41 later.
Noah Welch tied the game at 3-3 with 12:13 remaining. His shot from the far face-off dot deflected off a Kings defenseman on the way to the net and found its way into the goal. Recchi and Crosby had assists on the play.
Malkin ended the game 2:45 into OT when he rifled a rebound off Cloutier’s leg pads into the wide-open goal. Sergei Gonchar and Crosby assisted on the goal.