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Evgeni Malkin has two points, Penguins beat Maple Leafs 3-2

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PITTSBURGH - Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 in a pre-season game Wednesday night.

The Penguins, playing without star centre Sidney Crosby, got two power-play goals and a short-handed marker. Crosby sat out with a sore groin that isn't considered serious. Most of the other Penguins regulars did play, with the exception of top defencemen Sergei Gonchar and Ryan Whitney, who are out with injuries. Starting goalie Marc-Andre Fleury also was given the night off as Dany Sabourin played.

Petr Sykora scored his third power-play goal of the pre-season and newcomer Ruslan Fedotenko also scored on a first-period power play for Pittsburgh.

Alexei Ponikarovsky's power-play goal with 4:38 to play for Toronto broke up the shutout, and Mikhail Grabovski added a goal with the Maple Leafs' goalie pulled with 11 seconds to play.

Most of the Maple Leafs' regular lineup was on display with the exception of goalie Vesa Toskola. Rookie Justin Pogge started, stopping 18 of 21 shots.

The two teams will play again Friday night in Toronto. That will be the final pre-season game for the Penguins (2-0-1) in North America before they head to Europe to open the season Oct. 4 against Ottawa.

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