BOSTON (AP) — Evgeni Malkin scored his second goal of the night 32 seconds into overtime, giving the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday.
Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists, including a crossing pass for Malkin’s one-timer past goalie Tuukka Rask. Kris Letang had three assists for the Penguins, who had lost their last two against the Bruins.
Marc-Andre Fleury recovered after Boston scored two quick goals early in the second period and finished with 27 saves for his 300th NHL win. The Bruins had chances during a couple of scrums in front of Fleury late in regulation but could not get the puck across the goal line.
Malkin scored on a power play with 10:18 left in the second, tying it 2-all off passes from Crosby and Letang.
Letang also assisted on the game-winner, and Crosby’s goal 3:33 into the first period that gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead.
Rask finished with 30 saves for Boston.
Joe Morrow had his first career goal and Milan Lucic also scored as the Bruins quickly went from down 1-0 to a 2-1 lead.
Lucic ended his five-game scoreless slump when Loui Eriksson set him up with a pass into the slot 1:43 into the second period. There wasn’t a Pittsburgh player near Lucic, who had time to corral the puck and set up an easy tap-in as Fleury tried to get back in position.
Boston took a 2-1 lead 28 seconds later when Morrow scored on a long wrist shot from above the circle that Fleury couldn’t follow through a screen.
The Bruins had an apparent goal waved off in the first period after Patrice Bergeron batted the puck out of the air into the net. One referee called it a goal, but the other three officials said Bergeron’s stick was above the crossbar. The review was inconclusive, and the no-goal call stood.
NOTES: Pittsburgh F Craig Adams assisted on the opening goal, ending an 11-game stretch without a point. … Bruins captain Zdeno Chara returned to the ice during the morning skate for the first time since injuring his left knee Oct. 23. Boston coach Claude Julien said it was nice to see Chara back on the ice, but he is a long way from playing again. … Julien broke up an altercation during the morning skate between Rask and defenseman Carl Soderberg, then downplayed it when he spoke to reporters. “It wasn’t even a tussle,” Julien said. “They’ve already kissed and made up, so it’s not an issue.” … Boston forward Simon Gagne got his 599th career point with an assist on Lucic’s goal.
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