| Sports

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Malkin tallies five points in Penguins' victory

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By Josh Yohe
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin scored his 30th goal of the season and added four assists as the Penguins outlasted Winnipeg in a 8-5 shootout at Consol Energy on Saturday.

The Penguins fell behind 2-0 early in the first period but rebounded to score seven of the game's final 10 goals.

Malkin now leads the NHL with 67 points. He recorded primary assists on three goals before punctuating his performance with a breakaway goal in the second period. The five points ties his season and career high.

Defenseman Kris Letang scored two goals.

Also scoring goals for the Penguins were James Neal, Chris Kunitz, Richard Park, Dustin Jeffrey and Jordan Staal. This marked Staal's first game in more than a month after injuring tearing the MCL in his left knee.

This was Winnipeg's first game in Pittsburgh since the 1995-96 season.

The Penguins return to action on Sunday at 7 against Tampa Bay at Consol Energy Center.

Jeffrey produces at wing position


Dustin Jeffrey has always appeared more comfortable playing center, but his ability to have long term success with the Penguins could depend on him thriving at wing.

When healthy, the trio of centers Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal simply won't be cracked.

In his first game playing at wing this season, Jeffrey produced.

With the Penguins down two in the first period, Jeffrey skated down the right wing and whipped a wrist shot past Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec.

It was Jeffrey's third goal of the season.

"I've played on and off for a while," Jeffrey said. "Because of the situation we have here, with centers here, you have to be versatile. I've practiced it the last couple of days. I felt comfortable."

• C Evgeni Malkin played in his 400 th career game on Saturday. He now has 485 career points, which gives him an average of 1.212 points per game for his career. That mark currently ranks 13 th in NHL history, slightly behind Phil Esposito (1.24) and just ahead of Guy LeFleur (1.202). The active NHL players with a higher points per average than Malkin are Sidney Crosby (1.39), Alex Ovechkin (1.249) and Jaromir Jagr (1.241).

• C Sidney Crosby and RW Arron Asham skated at Consol Energy Center before the Penguins faced Winnipeg. Crosby has been skating almost daily for the past four weeks, but his timetable for a possible return remains unknown.

• D Kris Letang scored two goals for only the third time in his career. The other two-goal games for Letang both came during the 2008-09 season.

• C Richard Park's goal in the third period marked the 100 th of his career.

• Coach Dan Bylsma would not commit to a starting goalie against Tampa Bay.


Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read Penguins

  1. Penguins not alone in top-heavy approach to salary cap
  2. Reliving the moment a decade ago that shifted the Penguins' history
  3. Sutter: Staal effect felt on 3rd line with Penguins
  4. Penguins trade Sutter to Canucks, sign free agent center Fehr
  5. Rossi: ‘Hockey guy’ Sutter will be missed
  6. New Pens winger Fehr ready for defense-first role
  7. Penguins co-owner Burkle stands to make big profit in selling team
  8. Penguins to appear on national TV 18 times in 2015-16
  9. Penguins’ Pouliot heard trade whispers, but now hopes to make noise
  10. Penguins notebook: Bennett, 5th-round pick Simon get contracts
  11. Penguins notebook: Team to have plenty of forward options in camp