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Penguins power past Red Wings 11-2 behind Malkin’s hat trick

March 28, 2022 GMT
Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) celebrates after scoring his third goal of the NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Pittsburgh, Sunday, March 27, 2022. The Penguins won 11-2.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) celebrates after scoring his third goal of the NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Pittsburgh, Sunday, March 27, 2022. The Penguins won 11-2.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) celebrates after scoring his third goal of the NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Pittsburgh, Sunday, March 27, 2022. The Penguins won 11-2.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) celebrates after scoring his third goal of the NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Pittsburgh, Sunday, March 27, 2022. The Penguins won 11-2.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) celebrates after scoring his third goal of the NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Pittsburgh, Sunday, March 27, 2022. The Penguins won 11-2.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Evgeni Malkin had his 13th career hat trick and added an assist as the Pittsburgh Penguins drilled the reeling Detroit Red Wings 11-2 on Sunday night.

Sidney Crosby, Kasperi Kapanen, Jeff Carter, Teddy Blueger, Danton Heinen, Brian Boyle and recently acquired Rickard Rakell also scored for the Penguins, who needed less than 30 minutes to take a 6-0 lead on their way to their first 11-goal game in nearly 30 years. Tristan Jarry made 33 saves to win for the sixth time in his last seven starts.

Pittsburgh the franchise’s first 11-goal game since an 11-5 win over Philadelphia on Nov. 16, 1993. The Penguins also stayed one point ahead of the Rangers for second place in the tight Metropolitan Division. New York visits PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday night.

Dylan Larkin scored his 28th goal for Detroit and Jakub Vrana added his sixth, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Red Wings lost for the ninth time in 11 games. Alex Nedeljkovic absorbed most of Pittsburgh’s early onslaught, giving up four goals before being replaced by Calvin Pickard after Carter’s short-handed goal 3:18 into the second made it 4-0.

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WILD 3, AVALANCHE 2, OT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Kevin Fiala scored 15 seconds into overtime to send Minnesota to its sixth straight victory.

Kirill Kaprizov and Ryan Hartman also scored for Minnesota, which is the only NHL team this season with at least three six-game winning streaks. Hartman’s tying goal with 5:27 left in regulation sent the game into overtime. Cam Talbot made 40 saves for Minnesota, extending his own personal win streak to six games.

The Wild trail Central-leading Colorado by 14 points in the division, but extended their advantage for second place over Nashville to four points. St. Louis is five points behind Minnesota.

Nazem Kadri and Mikko Rantanen scored in the third period for the Avalanche, who had won five of their previous six. Darcy Kuemper, the former Minnesota draft pick who spent his first five NHL seasons with the team, stopped 26 shots.

RANGERS 5, SABRES 4, OT

NEW YORK (AP) — K’Andre Miller scored 2:02 into overtime and New York beat Buffalo.

Frank Vatrano had two goals, Alexis Lafrenière had a goal and an assist and Artemi Panarin also scored to help the Rangers win for the fifth time in their last six at home. New York is 9-2-1 in its last 12 at Madison Square Garden. Andrew Copp had two assists and Alexandar Georgiev had 13 saves to improve to 10-9-2 on the season.

Rasmus Asplund, Will Butcher, Kyle Okposo and Jeff Skinner scored for Buffalo, which is 3-0-2 in its last five. Craig Anderson finished with 26 saves.

New York has won its last five against Buffalo and is 9-0-1 in the last 10 meetings.

The Sabres reached overtime for the fifth straight game, accomplishing the feat for the first time since November 2010.

LIGHTNING 4, ISLANDERS 1

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NEW YORK (AP) — Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves and Victor Hedman and Alex Killorn scored second-period goals to lead Tampa Bay past New York.

Ross Colton and Mikhail Sergachev added third-period goals for the Lightning, (41-18-6), who have won two straight after a three-game losing streak.

Ilya Sorokin made 18 saves on 20 shots in the first two periods and Semyon Varlamov stopped 12 shots in the third for the Islanders, whose lone goal was scored by Brock Nelson. New York (28-27-9) has dropped two straight.

PREDATORS 5, FLYERS 4

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tanner Jeannot scored with 1:19 remaining to lead Nashville to a victory over Philadelphia.

Yakov Trenin had two goals, and Luke Kunin and Filip Forsberg also scored for Nashville, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Jeannot, Roman Josi, Alexandre Carrier and Mikael Granlund each had two assists and Juuse Saros made 19 saves.

Travis Sandheim, Joel Farabee, Max Willman and James van Riemsdyk scored for the Flyers, who have lost three of four. Martin Jones made 30 saves.

DEVILS 3, CANADIENS 2, SO

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Jack Hughes had two goals and was one of four Devils to score in a seven-round shootout as New Jersey came back after blowing a two-goal lead and beat Montreal.

Jesper Bratt, Dougie Hamilton and Yegor Sharangovich also tallied in the shootout, with Sharangovich getting the fourth goal. Nico Daws sealed the shootout win, stopping Paul Byron on the Canadiens’ last attempt. Cole Caufield, Rem Pitlick, who tied the game in the final minute, and Mike Hoffman tallied in the long shootout.

Daws finished with 31 saves as the Devils improved to 9-0-2 against the Canadiens since 2017-18.

The Canadiens forced the overtime on Pitlick’s 13th goal of the season. It came with the Canadiens’ net empty and 42 seconds left in regulation. Josh Anderson also scored in regulation, while Sam Montembeault made 30 saves for Montreal.

MAPLE LEAFS 5, PANTHERS 2

TORONTO (AP) — John Tavares scored two power-play goals in the second period, helping Toronto beat Florida.

Mitch Marner set up three goals, including both of Tavares’ scores, and Morgan Rielly, Ilya Mikheyev and Auston Matthews — into an empty net with less than a second remaining — also scored for the Maple Leafs. Petr Mrazek made 33 saves as Toronto won for the second time in three games since the trade deadline.

Brandon Montour and Ryan Lomberg scored for Eastern Conference-leading Florida, which lost for the first time in three games since acquiring Claude Giroux from Philadelphia last weekend. Spencer Knight stopped 18 shots.

The Panthers outshot the Maple Leafs 31-23, but went 0 for 3 with the man advantage.

JETS 2, COYOTES 1, OT

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Mark Scheifele scored his second goal of the game with 9.7 seconds left in overtime, giving Winnipeg the victory over Arizona.

Scheifele went in alone and beat Arizona’s Karel Vejmelka to send the Coyotes to their fifth straight loss. Arizona is 0-4-1 during the skid.

Scheifele also scored in the first period as the Jets closed out a four-game homestand with a 3-1-0 record. Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves.

Arizona’s Nick Ritchie scored a tying goal in the third period. Vejmelka stopped 38 shots.

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