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Malkin sparks Penguins

Associated Press / December 18, 2011
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Evgeni Malkin had his seventh career hat trick, and the injury-depleted Penguins peppered two Buffalo Sabres goalies in an 8-3 win last night in Pittsburgh.

Jason Williams and Simon Despres both scored their first goal with Pittsburgh during the first seven minutes, and James Neal, Deryk Engelland, and Chris Kunitz added goals for the Penguins, who had lost four of five.

Defenseman Paul Martin (lower body) didn’t play, adding to the list of injured Penguins. Pittsburgh already was without captain Sidney Crosby, top defenseman Kris Letang, center Jordan Staal, and six others.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 16 saves.

Thomas Vanek scored for the fifth time in six games, and Luke Adam and Paul Gaustad added third-period goals for Buffalo, which has lost six of nine.

Devils 5, Canadiens 3 - Patrik Elias scored twice, including his team-record 348th goal, and New Jersey spoiled Randy Cunneyworth’s NHL coaching debut with a victory in Montreal.

Elias tied John MacLean’s franchise record with his 347th goal on a power play 5:05 into the second. He broke the record with his second tally of the game.

Cunneyworth took over behind the Montreal bench as the team’s interim coach after Jacques Martin was fired earlier in the day.

Jets 5, Ducks 3 - Defenseman Zach Bogosian had a goal and two assists, and the Jets were victorious in Teemu Selanne’s return to Winnipeg.

Kyle Wellwood had a goal and an assist, and Blake Wheeler, Alex Burmistrov, and Andrew Ladd also scored for the Jets. Dustin Byfuglien added two assists.

Rangers 3, Coyotes 2 - Brad Richards scored with 0.1 seconds left in regulation as New York beat host Phoenix.

Richards’s backhander from the left circle eluded Phoenix goalie Mike Smith as time ran out. The game appeared to be headed to overtime, but a video replay revealed that the puck crossed the goal line in just enough time.

Lightning 3, Blue Jackets 2 - Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist, and Mathieu Garon stopped 26 shots to lead visiting Tampa Bay past Columbus.

Red Wings 8, Kings 2 - Cory Emmerton had two goals and an assist, and Drew Miller scored twice in host Detroit’s rout of Los Angeles.

Canucks 5, Maple Leafs 3 - Roberto Luongo made 26 saves and Vancouver wrapped up a road trip with a win over Toronto.

Islanders 2, Wild 1 - Frans Nielsen scored the only goal in the shootout, giving visiting New York its first extra-time victory of the season.

Predators 2, Blues 1 - David Legwand scored the only shootout goal, Pekka Rinne finished with 39 saves, and host Nashville beat St. Louis for its fifth consecutive victory.

Avalanche 2, Capitals 1 - Cody McLeod and Erik Johnson scored their first goals of the season as Colorado beat Washington for its fifth straight home win.

Sharks 3, Oilers 2 - Patrick Marleau scored the tiebreaking goal 6:11 into the third period, giving San Jose its third consecutive home victory.

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