Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby both scored on Monday night as the Pittsburgh Penguins won for the sixth time in their last seven games, beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
Malkin started the scoring with a second-period goal. Crosby upped the Pittsburgh lead to 2-0 with a score with 11:08 remaining in the game.
Winning goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (17-8-1) saw his shutout bid spoiled when the Blue Jackets’ Matt Calvert found the net with 56 seconds left. Fleury stopped 32 of 33 shots. Columbus goalie Curtis McElhinney (2-4-1) suffered the loss despite making 28 saves. The Blue Jackets fell to 12-15-3.
Pittsburgh (21-10-1) leads Washington by nine points in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division and Boston by one point in the race for the top seed in the league’s Eastern Conference. The Pens will be idle until a 7:00 PM home game against New Jersey on Friday night. Radio pregame airtime on 96.3 KQW will be 6:30 PM.