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Malkin Leads Sunday Charge As Penguins Complete Two-Game Weekend Home Sweep

January 6, 2014

Evgeni Malkin returned from a nine-game absence and scored a pair of goals on Sunday, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 6-5 home win over the Winnipeg Jets.

James Neal also scored twice, and Matt Niskanen and Jussi Jokinen both added goals.  Marc-Andre Fleury (24-10-1) stopped 29 of 34 shots and earned the win.

Malkin had missed time with an injury to his left leg.  His reappearance on the ice, along with Friday’s return of Kris Letang, helped spark the Penguins (31-12-1) to their 12th consecutive home win, tying a team record, and gave coach Dan Bylsma his 232nd career coaching victory, tying him with Eddie Johnston for the most in franchise history.  Overall, Pittsburgh has won 16 of their last 19 games.

Evander Kane scored twice for Winnipeg (19-21-5), and Jacob Trouba, Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele added goals.  Losing goaltender Al Montoya (8-4-1) made 33 saves, but faced 39 shots.

On Friday night, Jokinen and Chris Kunitz both scored a pair of goals, and Sidney Crosby added a goal and two assists in the Penguins’ 5-2 home victory over the New York Rangers.  Fleury collected the win, stopping 33 of 35 shots.  Matt Zuccarello scored twice in the third period for the Rangers.  Henrik Lundqvist took the loss.

On Tuesday night, Pittsburgh will begin a three-game jaunt through western Canada, first taking on the Vancouver Canucks (23-13-8).  Faceoff time will be 10:00 PM.  Radio pregame broadcast time on 96.3 KQW is scheduled for 9:30 PM.  The road trip will also take the Pens to Edmonton (Friday) and Calgary (Saturday).

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