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Penguins look much better in rout

The Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin celebrates his second-period goal that caps the scoring of a 5-1 win over the Canadiens.

Associated Press

The Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin celebrates his second-period goal that caps the scoring of a 5-1 win over the Canadiens.

PITTSBURGH — Jussi Jokinen scored twice as the Penguins beat the Canadiens 5-1 Wednesday night.

Evgeni Malkin added a goal and an assist and Sidney Crosby scored his 26th of the season for Pittsburgh, which bounced back from Monday's loss to Florida.

The Canadiens spent most of the night chasing the Penguins. Carey Price stopped just 16 of 21 shots before being pulled late in the second. Montreal has lost four of six.

The Penguins' club-record 13-game home win streak ended against the Panthers, 5-1. It also marked the team's worst home defeat in more than two years. Coach Dan Bylsma called it the byproduct of a steady decline in play by the Eastern Conference leaders over the past three weeks.

Whatever the problems were, they disappeared 48 hours later.

Jokinen gave the Penguins the early lead with help from Malkin. The Russian took a pass from Matt Niskanen, darted around a flat-footed Montreal defender and fed Jokinen with a centering pass that he easily slid by a diving Price 8:48 into the game.

Jokinen made it 3-1 in the second with knuckling one-timer. It was Jokinen's third multigoal game of the season.

Game highlights: Jiri Tlusty put in a rebound with 6:10 left for the winning goal as the Hurricanes beat the Flyers 3-2. Philadelphia lost for just the second time over its past 14 home games.

Late Tuesday: Evander Kane had a shorthanded goal and an assist as the Jets beat the Ducks 3-2, handing them their first regulation home loss this season. Anaheim (20-0-2) was the fourth team in 40 seasons to earn a point in its first 22 home games.

Around the league: Preparations for Sunday's Devils-Rangers and Jan. 29 Islanders-Rangers outdoor games at Yankee Stadium game were delayed by the winter storm hovering over the Northeast. Said Dan Craig, the NHL official in charge of the ice: "We're just going to continue to remove snow off the rink so that when it does stop, it won't take us that long to remove what's left and continue with making ice and get back on schedule." … The Predators sent defenseman Kevin Klein to the Rangers for defenseman Michael Del Zotto. Klein, 29, has a goal and two assists and was second on the team with 94 blocked shots. Del Zotto, 23, has two goals and nine assists while averaging 17:44 of ice time. … Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson returned after missing 10 games with broken ribs.

at Penguins 2 3 0 5
Canadiens 1 0 0 1
at Penguins 2 3 0 5
Canadiens 1 0 0 1

First Period1, Pittsburgh, Jokinen 14 (Malkin, Niskanen), 8:48. 2, Pittsburgh, Pyatt 2 (Niskanen, Martin), 16:25 (pp). 3, Montreal, Bourque 7 (Briere, Prust), 17:40. PenaltiesKobasew, Pit (high-sticking), 4:44; Subban, Mon (slashing), 11:30; Beaulieu, Mon (delay of game), 14:41; Orpik, Pit (interference), 19:27.

Second Period4, Pittsburgh, Jokinen 15 (Maatta, Neal), 5:46. 5, Pittsburgh, Crosby 26 (Letang, Kunitz), 11:43 (pp). 6, Pittsburgh, Malkin 13 (Scuderi, Orpik), 15:03. PenaltiesSubban, Mon (holding), 10:51; Bouillon, Mon (holding), 12:36.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesNiskanen, Pit (slashing), 5:27; Budaj, Mon, served by Eller (leaving the crease), 14:50; Bourque, Mon (interference), 14:50; Prust, Mon, minor-misconduct (roughing), 14:50; Orpik, Pit, minor-misconduct-game misconduct (roughing), 14:50; Fleury, Pit, served by Kobasew (leaving the crease), 14:50. Shots on GoalMontreal 8-7-9—24. Pittsburgh 9-14-8—31. Power-play opportunitiesMontreal 0 of 3; Pittsburgh 2 of 5. GoaliesMontreal, Price 22-14-4 (21 shots-16 saves), Budaj (15:03 second, 10-10). Pittsburgh, Fleury 28-11-1 (24-23). A18,617 (18,387).

Hurricanes 1 1 1 3
at Flyers 0 1 1 2

First Period1, Carolina, Semin 10 (E.Staal, Tlusty), 11:57. PenaltiesCouturier, Phi (slashing), 15:31; Simmonds, Phi (delay of game), 19:20.

Second Period2, Carolina, Gerbe 10, 13:38. 3, Philadelphia, Giroux 14 (Voracek, Raffl), 19:25. PenaltiesSemin, Car (tripping), 13:57.

Third Period4, Philadelphia, Hartnell 12 (Simmonds, Giroux), 3:00 (pp). 5, Carolina, Tlusty 7 (Sekera, Faulk), 13:50. PenaltiesNash, Car (high-sticking), 2:47; Harrison, Car (roughing), 5:04; Lecavalier, Phi (roughing), 5:04. Shots on GoalCarolina 8-8-16—32. Philadelphia 3-12-9—24. Power-play opportunitiesCarolina 0 of 2; Philadelphia 1 of 2. GoaliesCarolina, Khudobin 8-3-0 (24 shots-22 saves). Philadelphia, Mason 19-12-5 (32-29). A19,592 (19,541).

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