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  • HPT 3 Stars: Malkin is scorching and so are Penguins Print
    Written by Larry Fleisher   
    Monday, 23 January 2012 00:37

    Evgeni Malkin

    Evgeni Malkin is on a major roll and since he began scoring a goal per game, the Pittsburgh Penguins have won six straight. Malkin was at it again Sunday afternoon against the Washington Capitals.

    1) Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins - That's six games and counting for Malkin, whose rebound goal with 91 seconds into overtime gave Pittsburgh a 4-3 triumph over the Capitals. Malkin's scoring streak matches the NHL's longest of the season. He also assisted on two goals by James Neal and has 13 points during this run. Neal isn't doing shabby himself as his two goals and assist gave him 10 points over the last six games. Kris Letang also scored in Pittsburgh's first regular-season home win over Washington since Dec. 27, 2007.

    2) Scott Hartnell, Philadelphia Flyers - We challenge you to find someone who had a better individual weekend than Hartnell. Hartnell scored two power-play goals Saturday in New Jersey. Then he scored three (two on the power play) in the second period Sunday against the Boston Bruins. The only downside was that Ilya Bryzgalov gave up a 4-3 lead and then two more shootout goals in a 6-5 loss that was the ninth Philadelphia defeat in 10 meetings with Boston.

    3) Jonas Hillier, Anaheim Ducks - Ok, he gave up two goals but odds are when your team gets outshot 45-18, a few might go in. Fortunately for the Ducks, those two came in the third period when they already held a three-goal lead over the Colorado Avalanche in an eventual 3-2 win. The Ducks have won five in a row and eight of their last nine (8-0-1) with a little help from Hillier, who is 6-0-1 with a .947 save percentage and 1.50 goals-against average the last eight times he has played. Bobby Ryan scored a shorthanded goal during a two-shot first period for the Ducks and then added another one in the third. Ryan Getzlaf also scored for the Ducks, who are a distant 12 points behind Colorado for the West's final playoff spot.

    Play of the Night

    Another day, another Malkin goal. Of course it wouldn't be another Penguins game if Malkin did not display his array of fancy moves. That preceded lthe dynamic winger jamming home a rebound from in front of the net for the game-winner.

    Save of the Night

    Ten goals were scored during regulation in Philadelphia but Tim Thomas had the last word during the shootout, stopping Wayne Simmonds to end a back-and-forth affair.

    Breakaway of the Night

    Ever see a goal scored off a 150-foot pass? If you attended Anaheim's win over Colorado, then you witnessed it from Bobby Ryan. Ryan scored on a breakaway after getting the lengthy pass from Ryan Getzlaf.

    Photo by Getty Images

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    Last Updated on Monday, 23 January 2012 02:58