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Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) has his stick held by Winnipeg Jets' Jacob Trouba (8) in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. The Penguins won 6-5. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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First Published Jan 06 2014 09:03 am • Last Updated Jan 06 2014 11:30 pm

PENGUINS 6, JETS 5

PITTSBURGH • Evgeni Malkin scored twice in his return from injury, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Winnipeg Jets 6-5 on Sunday.

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James Neal added two goals for Pittsburgh, which matched a club record by winning its 12th straight home game. Jussi Jokinen scored his third goal in two games, and Matt Niskanen put in the winner with less than 8 minutes left.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots, and coach Dan Bylsma won his 232nd game with Pittsburgh. He moved into a tie with Eddie Johnston for the most victories in franchise history.

Evander Kane had two goals and an assist for the Jets. Jacob Trouba, Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele also scored, but Winnipeg remained winless in Pittsburgh since 2006. Al Montoya made 33 saves, but couldn’t make an early two-goal lead stand.

Malkin missed nine games with a lower leg injury, yet hardly looked rusty. He scored his 10th and 11th goals of the season and added an assist.

SHARKS 3, BLACKHAWKS 2, SO

CHICAGO • Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski scored in a shootout, and San Jose earned its first victory in Chicago in three years.

Alex Stalock made 33 saves through overtime as San Jose bounced back from a loss at Colorado on Saturday. Jason Demers scored in the first period, and Brett Burns had a tying goal in the third.


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Couture beat Corey Crawford with a shot into the right side of the net after Stalock stopped Chicago captain Jonathan Toews leading off the shootout. Patrick Sharp then shot wide before Pavelski scored to give the Sharks their first win at the United Center since a 5-3 victory on Dec. 30, 2010.

Crawford made 40 saves in his first home start since he left Chicago’s 6-2 victory over Florida on Dec. 8 because of a lower-body injury.

Defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson and Michal Rozsival scored in the third period for the Blackhawks, who have earned at least one point in their last 10 games.

HURRICANES 2, PREDATORS 1

RALEIGH, N.C. • Alexander Semin and Jeff Skinner both had a goal and an assist, and Anton Khudobin made 31 saves to lift Carolina to its season-high fourth straight win.

Skinner netted the winner with 3:31 left on a shot from the right wing that slipped under goalie Carter Hutton’s pads for his team-leading 20th goal.

Patric Hornqvist had tied it for Nashville with a power-play goal at 6:46 of the third period. The Predators, who had earned points in four straight games, dropped their third in a row.

The Hurricanes played without injured captain Eric Staal.

Khudobin, filling in for injured goalie Cam Ward, improved to 5-0 this season and helped the Hurricanes win both ends of a back-to-back set for the first time this season.

Staal, who missed his first game since Feb. 26, 2011, had played in 191 consecutive regular-season games — the third longest streak in franchise history.

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