PITTSBURGH — Evgeni Malkin scored in his fifth straight game and added the lone shootout goal as the Penguins beat the Canadiens 5-4 on Friday.
Pittsburgh, which trailed 4-2 entering the third, has won five in a row since a six-game skid.
"I think everybody's feeling confident even though we're down a lot in the game," said Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who made his 20th consecutive start. "I think everybody kept staying positive throughout."
Game highlights: Jussi Jokinen scored a power-play and shorthanded goal to lead host Carolina past Washington 3-0. Washington entered 8-0-1 over its past nine against Carolina. … Patrick Kane ended a seven-game goal drought and set up Jonathan Toews' breakaway goal as host Chicago beat Florida 3-1.
Center returns: The Ducks called up center Mark Bell, who last played in the NHL on April 5, 2008. Bell scored 72 goals over four seasons with Chicago then was traded to San Jose before the 2006-07 season. But he pleaded no contest to drunk driving after seriously injuring another driver in a crash before the season. He then struggled, scoring 11 goals, and was traded to Toronto, where he played just 35 games before being waived. He has since played in Switzerland and in the minors.
Around the league: The Bellagio, a hotel-casino in Las Vegas, sued former Lightning owner Len Barrie in Canada for not repaying a debt. A Nevada court ordered Barrie, who owns businesses in Canada, to pay about $2.1 million, including the $1.5 million loan taken out in May 2008, interest and legal fees. But he has not done so. … Bruins coach Claude Julien and his staff will lead the All-Star team captained by their defenseman, Zdeno Chara. Rangers coach John Tortorella and Sharks coach Todd McLellan will lead the team captained by Senators wing Daniel Alfredsson.
First Period—1, Carolina, Jokinen 6 (E.Staal), 12:43 (sh). Penalties—Hendricks, Was, major (fighting), 4:53; Joslin, Car, major (fighting), 4:53; Faulk, Car (tripping), 11:22; Ruutu, Car (high-sticking), 15:14.
Second Period—2, Carolina, Jokinen 7 (Harrison, Brent), 19:42 (pp). Penalties—Knuble, Was (holding), 6:17; Wideman, Was (interference), 18:11.
Third Period—3, Carolina, Tlusty 10 (E.Staal, Gleason), 19:30 (pp). Penalties—Bra.Sutter, Car (hooking), 13:00; Washington bench, served by Eakin (too many men), 18:59. Shots on Goal—Washington 8-8-7—23. Carolina 10-15-8—33. Power-play opportunities—Washington 0 of 3; Carolina 2 of 3. Goalies—Washington, Vokoun 19-12-0 (33 shots-30 saves). Carolina, C.Ward 17-17-7 (23-23). A—17,507 (18,680).
|Penguins wins shootout 1-0|
|Penguins wins shootout 1-0|
First Period—1, Montreal, Eller 9 (Subban), :34. 2, Pittsburgh, Letang 4 (Dupuis, Jeffrey), 4:02. 3, Montreal, Cole 18 (Kostitsyn, Kaberle), 5:41. Penalties—Pacioretty, Mon, served by Blunden, minor-major (roughing, fighting), 2:57; Kunitz, Pit, major (fighting), 2:57; Sullivan, Pit (interference), 3:16; Neal, Pit (tripping), 6:22; Subban, Mon (roughing), 11:37; Orpik, Pit (hooking), 19:16.
Second Period—4, Montreal, Kostitsyn 11 (Kaberle, Desharnais), 1:09 (pp). 5, Pittsburgh, Jeffrey 1 (Michalek), 5:32 (sh). 6, Montreal, Pacioretty 16 (Cole, Budaj), 10:34. Penalties—Adams, Pit (holding), 5:14; Letang, Pit (slashing), 19:45; Adams, Pit, misconduct, 20:00.
Third Period—7, Pittsburgh, Jeffrey 2 (Kennedy), 3:32. 8, Pittsburgh, Malkin 25 (Neal, Letang), 17:17. Penalties—Cole, Mon (slashing), 6:55; Cole, Mon (interference), 12:42; Kunitz, Pit (boarding), 13:25.
Shootout—Montreal 0 (Desharnais NG, Kostitsyn NG, Gomez NG), Pittsburgh 1 (Letang NG, Malkin G, Neal NG). Shots on Goal—Montreal 6-12-7-4—29. Pittsburgh 10-12-14-2—38. Power-play opportunities—Montreal 1 of 6; Pittsburgh 0 of 4. Goalies—Montreal, Budaj 2-4-1 (38 shots-34 saves). Pittsburgh, Fleury 24-12-2 (29-25). A—18,588 (18,387).
First Period—1, Chicago, J.Toews 27 (Kane, Stalberg), 17:40. 2, Chicago, Keith 3 (Hossa, Leddy), 19:43 (pp). Penalties—B.Seabrook, Chi (tripping), 6:45; Upshall, Fla (high-sticking), 7:37; Madden, Fla (tripping), 11:36; Ellerby, Fla (boarding), 18:16.
Second Period—3, Chicago, Kane 11, 13:05. Penalties—J.Toews, Chi (hooking), 3:53; Skille, Fla (hooking), 7:00.
Third Period—4, Florida, Garrison 13 (Kulikov, Kopecky), :43 (pp). Penalties—J.Toews, Chi (tripping), :39. Shots on Goal—Florida 5-10-4—19. Chicago 8-10-4—22. Power-play opportunities—Florida 1 of 3; Chicago 1 of 4. Goalies—Florida, Theodore 14-9-5 (22 shots-19 saves). Chicago, Emery 11-3-2 (19-18). A—21,555 (19,717).