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Penguins rally to run win streak to 11 games

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The Penguins are rolling so well without Evgeni Malkin, the star center might have trouble cracking the lineup once he is healthy enough to play.

"I think he should be all right," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said Friday after Pittsburgh beat the Islanders 4-2 to extend its winning streak to 11 games. Malkin has missed seven of those victories because of an undisclosed injury.

Tomas Vokoun made 33 saves, and Brandon Sutter snapped a tie early in the third period. Vokoun allowed only one goal in the first when the Penguins were outshot 14-3.

"It could've been three, four," Crosby said. "Vokie kind of weathered that storm, and we were able to get back into it."

Game highlights: Nick Foligno scored twice in a club-record 51 seconds and the host Blue Jackets scored three goals in a 1:15 span of the second to beat the Flames 5-1 and extend their franchise-record points streak to 12 games. "If you would have asked anybody in the hockey world they probably never would have imagined this," coach Todd Richards said after his team, last with a 5-12-3 record on Feb. 24, improved to 8-0-4 since. … Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Braden Holtby made 30 saves as the Capitals beat the host Jets 6-1 and moved ahead of the Lightning for third in the Southeast Division.

Around the league: Canucks winger David Booth had surgery for a leg injury suffered last week and will miss the rest of the regular season.

Penguins 0 2 2 4
at Islanders 1 1 0 2

First Period1, N.Y. Islanders, Streit 5 (Carkner, Nielsen), 7:46. PenaltiesAdams, Pit, major (fighting), 3:31; M.Martin, NYI, major (fighting), 3:31; M.Martin, NYI (holding), 19:04.

Second Period2, Pittsburgh, Vitale 2 (Adams), 8:11. 3, N.Y. Islanders, Bailey 4 (Tavares, Hamonic), 17:18. 4, Pittsburgh, Kunitz 19 (Crosby, Pa.Dupuis), 19:46. PenaltiesNone.

Third Period5, Pittsburgh, Sutter 9 (Cooke, Neal), 1:46. 6, Pittsburgh, Pa.Dupuis 15 (Crosby, Vokoun), 19:59 (en). PenaltiesPa.Dupuis, Pit (hooking), 12:27; Bailey, NYI (interference), 14:08; Orpik, Pit (hooking), 16:39. Shots on GoalPittsburgh 3-14-8—25. N.Y. Islanders 14-14-7—35. Power-play opportunitiesPittsburgh 0 of 2; N.Y. Islanders 0 of 2. GoaliesPittsburgh, Vokoun 8-3-0 (35 shots-33 saves). N.Y. Isl, Nabokov 13-10-3 (24-21). A14,888.

Capitals 2 2 2 6
at Jets 0 0 1 1

First Period1, Washington, Laich 1 (Ribeiro), 12:10. 2, Washington, Brouwer 12 (Ribeiro, Oleksy), 16:05. PenaltiesLaich, Was (slashing), 4:12; Alzner, Was (roughing), 4:12; Wheeler, Wpg (roughing), 4:12; Oleksy, Was (holding), 8:09; Perreault, Was (slashing), 19:38.

Second Period3, Washington, Beagle 2 (Ward, Hendricks), 5:50. 4, Washington, Ovechkin 14 (Johansson, Alzner), 7:35. PenaltiesLaich, Was (high-sticking), 15:13; Kane, Wpg (roughing), 19:05.

Third Period5, Washington, Green 3 (Orlov, Johansson), 1:51. 6, Winnipeg, Byfuglien 5 (Clitsome, Ladd), 9:51. 7, Washington, Ovechkin 15 (Carlson, Backstrom), 15:57 (pp). PenaltiesThorburn, Wpg (tripping), 4:31; Clitsome, Wpg (slashing), 13:04; Wheeler, Wpg (tripping), 15:09; Beagle, Was (goaltender interference), 16:38. Shots on GoalWas. 7-9-8—24. Win. 10-12-9—31. Power-play opps.Was. 1 of 4; Win. 0 of 5. GoaliesWas., Holtby 12-10-0 (31 shots-30 saves). Win., Pavelec 13-14-2 (9-6), Montoya (5:50 second, 15-12). A15,004.

at Blue Jackets 1 3 1 5
Flames 0 1 0 1

First Period1, Columbus, Boll 2 (Gillies, MacKenzie), 16:56. PenaltiesJackman, Cal (tripping), 2:15; Brassard, Clm (hooking), 18:28.

Second Period2, Calgary, Glencross 13 (Stajan, Stempniak), 4:24. 3, Columbus, Foligno 4 (Umberger, Nikitin), 13:05. 4, Columbus, Foligno 5 (Umberger, Tyutin), 13:56. 5, Columbus, Anisimov 7, 14:20. PenaltiesMcGrattan, Cal (unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:36; Giordano, Cal (roughing), 20:00.

Third Period6, Columbus, Gillies 1 (Johnson, MacKenzie), 13:14. PenaltiesSarich, Cal (tripping), 4:27; MacKenzie, Clm (tripping), 18:38. Shots on GoalCal. 6-11-8—25. Col. 7-13-8—28. Power-play opps.Cal. 0 of 2; Col. 0 of 4. GoaliesCal., Kiprusoff 5-7-2 (28 shots-23 saves). Col., Bobrovsky 11-6-5 (25-24). A13,853.

Penguins rally to run win streak to 11 games 03/22/13 [Last modified: Friday, March 22, 2013 11:50pm]
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