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Crosby has 2 goals, denies rift with Lemieux; Malkin scores in OT to lift Pens over Blues 4-3

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Evgeni Malkin scored 1:03 into overtime and Sidney Crosby broke out with two goals to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins over the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Wednesday night.

Malkin took a lead pass from Phil Kessel and beat goaltender Jake Allen on the backhand for his eighth of the season and fifth game-winner.

Crosby scored his fourth and fifth of the season and now has a goal against every NHL team ? he had five assists in 10 career meetings against St. Louis. It was also the first time Crosby scored two regular-season goals since February, a span of 47 games.

Ben Lovejoy also scored to help the Penguins finish 3-1 during a four-game homestand after dropping three of their previous four.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves for his 11th win of the season.

Alex Pietrangelo tied the game 3-3 with 5:41 left in the third period. St. Louis also got goals from Paul Stastny and Robby Fabbri.

Crosby appears to be breaking out of an early-season slump.

The two-time NHL MVP went scoreless in eight of his first nine games this season, but now has a three-game points streak with 10 points in his last 12. Earlier in the day, reports surfaced of a rift between Crosby and Penguins' owner Mario Lemieux, a claim the NHL Hall of Famer publicly denied.

Stastny scored his second of the season in his second game back after missing the previous 16 with a broken foot. He has points in five of seven games played this season.

Fabbri scored his fourth and Pietrangelo his second. The Blues had won five of their previous seven against the Penguins. They've now dropped five of their last eight overall, allowing 26 goals during that span. Allen stopped 30 shots.

The Blues twice rallied from one-goal deficits in the third period.

Fabbri initially tied the game just 1:12 into the third.

Pietrangelo capitalized on a Penguins' turnover and squeezed a shot underneath Fleury's arm to force overtime after Lovejoy briefly put Pittsburgh ahead. Five of the last eight meetings between the two teams needed overtime.

Stastny opened the scoring seven seconds into a first-period power play when he re-directed Alexander Steen's point shot over Fleury's right pad.

Crosby tied it later in the period with his first career goal against the Blues. Pascal Dupuis forced Carl Gunnarsson into a turnover and Crosby, alone in the slot, blasted a slap shot past Allen.

Crosby's second career goal against St. Louis, a re-direction from the slot, came on the power play, giving Pittsburgh the lead midway through the second period. The Penguins opened the season with three power-play goals in 10 games but have now scored 10 in the past 12.

NOTES: The Penguins snapped a three-game losing streak against St. Louis in Pittsburgh, beating the Blues for the first time at home since October 2009. ... Blues D Kevin Shattenkirk has a seven-game points streak. ... Penguins' D Olli Maatta skated on his own Tuesday for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury Nov. 17 against Minnesota. He is expected to miss about a month. ... Ryan Reaves replaced Scottie Upshall in the Blues lineup, returning to action after missing three games. ... Blues D Robert Bortuzzo played his first game in Pittsburgh since the Penguins traded him to St. Louis in March for D Ian Cole. .. The Penguins play five of their next six on the road beginning Friday at Columbus. St. Louis will host Columbus on Saturday.

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