Penguins' Malkin, Staal score 2

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- OK, better save a spot for Evgeni Malkin on the Penguins opening-night roster.

Might want to set aside one for Jordan Staal, too.

Malkin scored two goals to lead the Gold squad to a 3-2 victory against Black in an intrasquad scrimmage Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena, and Staal got both goals for the losers.

Although Malkin and Staal obviously don't have to worry about their places in the lineup, a lot of other guys continue to compete for a few NHL jobs.

General manager Ray Shero said Tuesday night he expects to reassign some of the 55 players in this training camp by the weekend, although he's "not sure" how many will go then.

Joe Vitale gave Gold a 1-0 lead at 6:07 of the opening period in the scrimmage, when he threw a shot past Black goalie Marc-Andre Fleury from near the left point.

Malkin, who had finished serving a holding penalty just over a minute earlier, ran the Gold lead to 2-0 by taking a feed from Steve Sullivan and flipping the puck by Fleury from along the goal line to the right of the net at 9:49.

Black broke through at 13:24 of the first, when Staal pushed a shot past the right skate of Gold goalie Brent Johnson.

Malkin got what proved to be the winner at 7:55 of the second, as his shot from near in the inner edge of the left circle got through Fleury. Staal countered at 11:15, tapping a Tyler Kennedy feed into an open net.

Fleury stopped 20 of 23 shots before being replaced by Brad Thiessen, while Johnson turned aside 13 of 15.

Neither Thiessen nor Scott Munroe, who replaced Johnson, allowed a goal the rest of the way.


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