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Motivated Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel come alive in Penguins camp scrimmage

Jonathan Bombulie
| Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, 3:51 p.m.
The Penguins’ Justin Schultz defends on Evgeni Malkin during the first day of camp Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
The Penguins’ Justin Schultz defends on Evgeni Malkin during the first day of camp Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.

Picking up where they left off in last season’s playoffs, Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel combined for a pair of goals to give their team a 4-3 lead with less than four minutes left in the first intrasquad scrimmage of Penguins training camp Friday morning in Cranberry.

That’s when Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel came alive.

Both scored goals in the final 3 minutes, 6 seconds to lead their team to a comeback victory.

What got into Malkin and Kessel when the game was on the line?

Linemate Zach Aston-Reese explains.

“The team that comes in third place has to practice Monday, and last year, (coach Mike Sullivan) said that’s not a practice you want to be in,” he said. “That’s definitely on your mind. It definitely adds a competitive edge.”

Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jonathan at jbombulie@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BombulieTrib.

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