12/09 21:16 CST Malkin scores in return, Penguins top Columbus 2-1
Malkin scores in return, Penguins top Columbus 2-1
By WILL GRAVES
AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Evgeni Malkin scored in his return from a lower-body injury,
Sidney Crosby added his 16th goal, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the
Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on Monday night.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 32 shots for the Penguins, who won their sixth
straight home game.
Malkin missed two games last week after being injured during a morning skate.
He looked fine while bulling his way toward the net 4:16 into the second period
for his eighth goal of the season. Crosby pushed his season-point total to an
NHL-best 43 when he deflected in a shot by Pascal Dupuis midway through the
Matt Calvert scored with less than a minute left for Columbus, spoiling
Fleury's shutout bid. Curtis McElhinney made 28 saves but the Blue Jackets
struggled again in Pittsburgh.