Sunday, September 23, 2018
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Pens rally to win Cup final rematch

PITTSBURGH — Evgeni Malkin, Scott Wilson and Patric Hornqvist scored during a furious third-period rally to lead the Penguins to 3-2 victory over the Sharks on Thursday night.

The Penguins trailed 2-0 after two largely lifeless periods in a rematch of June's Stanley Cup final before catching fire late. Hornqvist and Malkin both finished with a goal and an assist.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 32 shots and bought the Penguins time until the offense got going.

Tomas Hertl and Patrick Marleau scored for the Sharks, who controlled the first 40 minutes and appeared well on their way to a one-sided victory before falling apart late.

Martin Jones made 17 saves but saw the play in front of him break down in the third.

Pittsburgh played the third period with just four defensemen after Olli Maatta and Derrick Pouliot left with injuries.

Before the game, Penguins goalie Matt Murray, 22, agreed to a three-year extension beginning next season that will pay $3.75 million per season. He would have been a restricted free agent at the end of this season.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Ryan Garbutt's goal broke a tie in the third period and sent the visiting Ducks to their first win, 3-2 over the Flyers. The Ducks opened 0-3-1 and had failed to score more than two goals in any of those games. Korbinian Holzer's angled pass from behind the net led to Garbutt's one-timer that stunned Steve Mason for the winner. … Patrice Bergeron scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:15 left in his season debut to give the host Bruins a 2-1 victory over the Devils. Bergeron, back from an unspecified injury, took regular shifts. Tuukka Rask had 28 saves for the Bruins, who fought off a power play for the last 50 seconds without allowing a shot. Kyle Palmieri scored for the Devils, and Cory Schneider stopped 34 shots.

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