Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby continue scoring sprees as Penguins top Red Wings

Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby continue scoring sprees as Penguins top Red Wings

The Penguins outshot Detroit 36-30.

To be fair, they are still going to need a big second half to secure a playoff spot in their quest for a third consecutive Stanley Cup, but thanks to their three straight wins since that ugly loss to Carolina, including Saturday's 4-1 thumping of the Detroit Red Wings, things are suddenly looking a lot better for the defending champs.

The teams traded power-play goals later in the period.

He scored the overtime victor to beat the Bruins last Sunday in the game before the break started, and he scored again less than four minutes into Saturday's game, converting a Hagelin feed with a shot from the slot. "I told him when we put him with [Carl] Hagelin and [Patric] Hornqvist, you have to shoot more". "The power play worked, I have more confidence".

"It's always fun when you're winning", Malkin said. "Your game is better, the mood is better, and now were feeling so much better". That means in the past 10 games the Penguins have only scored five goals when neither Crosby or Malkin is on the ice.

"I think we've felt good about our last couple games going into the break", Crosby said.

"If you look at it, their best players were better than our best players", Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said.

Phil Kessel added a goal and two assists for Pittsburgh, which had dropped its last three games against Detroit. "They took care of business on the power play, and we didnt".

In the third, Crosby lifted the stick of defender Frans Nielsen just as a backhand pass from Kessel arrived and slipped a power-play shot inside the right post. The Wings answered a little over 10 minutes later with Abdelkader's power-play goal.

Game highlights: Sean Couturier had two goals and an assist as the Flyers beat the host Devils 5-3.

Over the past three games Malkin has 11 shots on goal and 18 total attempts. He has 14 points in his last eight games and 12 goals in his last 19 contests. Malkin is elite when healthy (knock on wood), so savor this run.

Malkin, Kessel and Crosby have led the way during the winning streak, combining for nine goals and 23 points. It was also Albany's best defensive effort in a half this season. Pittsburgh previously went 17 straight games without allowing a power-play goal.

Ahead of this game, I talked to fellow FanSided writer and Red Wings expert Dan Garza about the Red Wings' season so far, and what he expects to see on Sunday morning. The Penguins scratched D Ian Cole, while F David Booth and D Xavier Ouellet sat for the Red Wings.

They're employing the fast, aggressive style that has become their trademark, and they've moved into a tie with the New York Rangers for fourth place in the Metropolitan Division.

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