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NHL: Malkin sidelines 2-3 weeks by foot injury

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin could miss the remainder of the National Hockey League regular season with a foot injury, the team announced Tuesday. Malkin was injured on his first shift Sunday in a 1-0 loss to St. Louis, but finished the game. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, who would not say which foot was injured, said he was hurt on a play moving to the net and that doctors have not indicated that any surgery would be needed.

Blues 1, Penguins 0

Blues 1, Penguins 0: Brian Elliott made 33 saves in his second start of March to earn his 25th career shutout as St. Louis snapped a two-game road losing skid. Captain David Backes scored midway through the third period for the Central Division-leading Blues, who matched the New York Rangers with their league-high 23rd road victory. Elliott stopped 10 shots in the first period, 13 in the second and 10 in the third for his fourth shutout in 28 games this season.

Penguins 4, Lightning 3 (OT)

(Updated: UPDATING: Standings in Para 3.) Penguins 4, Lightning 3 (OT): James Neal scored on the power play 1:27 into overtime while Evgeni Malkin collected two goals and two assists as Pittsburgh snapped visiting Tampa Bay’s five-game winning streak.

Penguins 4, Lightning 3 (OT)

Penguins 4, Lightning 3 (OT): James Neal scored on the power play 1:27 into overtime while Evgeni Malkin collected two goals and two assists as Pittsburgh snapped visiting Tampa Bay’s five-game winning streak.

Rangers 4, Penguins 3 (SO)

Rangers 4, Penguins 3 (SO): Brad Richards scored the decisive goal in the third round of the shootout as visiting New York posted its fifth win in six outings. After Mats Zuccarello and Evgeni Malkin scored in the second and third rounds, respectively, Richards ended the contest in style. The veteran breezed in and wristed a shot that glanced off the crossbar and into the net as the Rangers handed the Penguins just their second home loss in their last 18 games.

Penguins 5, Sabres 1

Penguins 5, Sabres 1: Captain Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each scored a goal and set up another as Pittsburgh sent Buffalo to its eighth consecutive home loss. Harry Zolnierczyk scored in his return from the minors while Brian Gibbons and James Neal netted third-period goals as the Penguins reached 40 wins in their 57th game - the fastest they have hit that mark in franchise history. Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 24 shots to earn his league-best 31st win and improve to 7-1-1 in nine career starts in Buffalo.

Penguins 5, Canadiens 1

Penguins 5, Canadiens 1: Jussi Jokinen scored twice and Evgeni Malkin collected a goal and an assist as Pittsburgh posted its fifth consecutive home victory over Montreal. Captain Sidney Crosby and Taylor Pyatt also tallied while defenseman Matt Niskanen notched two assists to extend his point streak to a career-high five games. Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 23 shots as the Penguins rebounded from a 5-1 setback to Florida on Monday to secure their 14th victory in 15 home contests.

Preview: Penguins at Oilers

he Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins vie for their fourth straight victory and 18th in 21 contests when they visit the Western Conference cellar-dwelling Edmonton Oilers on Friday. Pittsburgh opened its three-game trek through Western Canada with a 5-4 shootout triumph over Vancouver on Tuesday. Captain Sidney Crosby returned to the scene of his 2010 Olympic gold-medal game heroics by scoring late in regulation before netting the lone goal of the bonus format.

Preview: Sharks at Penguins

If they hope to extend their winning streak, the San Jose Sharks must find a way to contain the NHL's top two scorers. San Jose seeks its seventh consecutive victory when it visits Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday. The Sharks watched their two-goal lead disappear against Toronto before defenseman Brad Stuart tallied with four minutes remaining in the second period en route to a 4-2 victory on Tuesday.

Penguins 4, Islanders 3

Penguins 4, Islanders 3: Sidney Crosby's goal with 76 seconds left in regulation - the 250th of his career - lifted host Pittsburgh to its third consecutive victory. Chris Kunitz had two power-play goals and an assist and Evgeni Malkin added a goal and an assist as the Penguins sent New York to its seventh defeat in nine games and avenged a home loss to the Islanders on Oct. 25. Rookie Jeff Zatkoff turned aside 32 shots in his first start since Nov. 2.
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