Evgeni Malkin propelled the Pittsburgh Penguins to a nice rebound victory over the Winnipeg Jets today by a score of 8-5. The game turned out to be a very offensive battle with a total of 13 goals scored today, but in the End, the stars shined for Pittsburgh and the Pens were able to get the win.
The Jets started fast today getting the first 2 goals of the game. First goal came at the 5 minutes mark of the first period by Kyle Wellwood on a backhand. That was followed up 3 minutes later by a wrist shot by Alexander Burmistrov. The Penguins were able to get on track and they stormed back scoring the next 4 goals.
Dustin Jeffrey scored at the 12 minute mark of the first period and getting the assist was Jordan Staal. Welcome back! He was not done. James Neal scored to tie the game just 4 minutes after that. The two teams went into the locker room with a tie at 2-2. The Pens came out shooting in the second period by getting a power play goal from Chris Kunitz. That was followed up shortly before the 10 minute mark of the second period by a Kris Letang backhand to make the game 4-2.
The Winnipeg Jets came back to score the next goal with a Tim Stapleton goal to draw the Jets within 1. Shortly before the end of the second period, Evgeni Malkin scored his first goal of the game but that was his 4 point of the game. The goal made the game 5-3. That is how the second period ended. Winnipeg would not give up though, they were able to get the next goal at the 4 minute mark of the 3rd period with a wrist shot by Dustin Byfuglein to once again draw within a goal.
The Penguins Richard Park scored just 20 seconds later to make the game 6-4. The Pens were able to tack on a couple more goals by Jordan Staal and Kris Letang respectively. Malkin finished with 5 points and Jordan Staal finished with 3 points. The Penguins were able to convert 8 shots into goals out of 39 total shots. Where as the Jets converted 5 of 25 shots on goal. They need to continue this scoring as they take of the Tampa Bay Lightning tomorrow night at 7pm in Pittsburgh.
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