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Malkin and Crosby score, Fleury stops 32 shots as Penguins top Columbus 2-1

Monday, 12.09.2013 / 10:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Malkin and Crosby score, Fleury stops 32 shots as Penguins top Columbus 2-1

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Evgeni Malkin scored in his return from a lower-body injury, Sidney Crosby added his 16th goal, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on Monday night.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 32 shots for the Penguins, who won their sixth straight home game.

Malkin missed two games last week after being injured during a morning skate. He looked fine while bulling his way toward the net 4:16 into the second period for his eighth goal of the season. Crosby pushed his season-point total to an NHL-best 43 when he deflected in a shot by Pascal Dupuis midway through the third.

Matt Calvert scored with less than a minute left for Columbus, spoiling Fleury's shutout bid. Curtis McElhinney made 28 saves but the Blue Jackets struggled again in Pittsburgh.

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