Malkin leaves game after hit by Blue Jackets' Dalton Prout; Penguins go on for 3-2 win
March 11, 2016 9:51 PM
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Kris Letang, left, works for the puck against Blue Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky during the second period in Columbus, Ohio Friday night.
By Jenn Menendez / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Penguins survived the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 tonight in a physical and wild game at Nationwide Arena as its gauntlet of Metropolitan Division games continued.
Carl Hagelin scored the game winner just 4:47 into the second period, after the two rival teams each took turns holding a brief lead.
The Penguins got scores from Kris Letang on the power play, Chris Kunitz and Hagelin, to best Columbus goals by Gregory Campbell and Cam Atkinson.
The not so good news? Evgeni Malkin left the game in the second period after he appeared to injure his left arm following a hit by Dalton Prout at the end boards.
He briefly returned to the ice before disappearing down the runway for the remainder of the game.
Scott Wilson then left the ice in the third period after a hard hit.
Sidney Crosby and Matt Cullen took turns double-shifting the second line in Malkin’s absence.
The Penguins trailed early when Campbell finished a 2-on-1 rush off a feed from Jared Boll at 5:05 of the first period. The odd man rush caught the Penguins short after a chance at the other end of the ice.
Kris Letang scored a power play goal at 14:43 to tie the game, 1-1, with Rene Bourque off for interference.
Chris Kunitz gave the Penguins a first lead of the night just 45 seconds into the second period when he finished a rebound after crashing the net.
But Cam Atkinson scored on a breakaway at 2:58 to tie the game again.
Hagelin converted at 4:47 to make it 3-2 and shortly after Marc-Andre Fleury’s poke-check saved another Atkinson breakaway.
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