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Evgeni Malkin scores in overtime to grab win for the Penguins

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CHICAGO - NHL points leader Evgeni Malkin scored on a power play at 1:36 of overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.

Malkin ripped a one-timer from the right circle past rookie Antti Niemi after taking a pass from Sergei Gonchar. Malkin connected with two seconds left on a penalty to Chicago's Kris Versteeg.

The Blackhawks rebounded from 2-0 and 4-2 deficits to force overtime. Chicago's Dave Bolland chipped in Andrew Ladd's pass with 4:45 left in the third to tie it 4-4.

Jonathan Toews scored Chicago's first three goals - all on power plays - for his first NHL hat trick. He leads the team with 25 goals, one more than had as a rookie last season in 64 games.

Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal and newcomer Chris Kunitz each had a goal and an assist. Miroslav Satan and Maxime Talbot scored goals 37 seconds apart late in the second period.

Pittsburgh skated without Sidney Crosby, sidelined for the second straight game because of a groin injury.

Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury made 41 saves. He stopped 18 of 20 shots in the third period.

Kunitz played his first game with the Penguins following a trade with Anaheim on Thursday. Kunitz was acquired along with junior prospect Eric Tangradi in exchange for defenceman Ryan Whitney.

Blackhawks defenceman Cam Barker assisted on all three of Toews' goals.

Chicago's Cristobal Huet made his eighth straight start and allowed four goals on 22 shots through two periods. He was replaced by Niemi, who made his NHL debut, at the start of the third.

Niemi stopped five of six shots he faced.

Huet normally alternates with Nikolai Khabibulin, who has been out with an injury since posting a 3-+ win in Atlanta on Feb. 11.

Staal opened the scoring 3:36 in. Huet failed to cover a rebound of Sergei Gonchar's long shot, and Staal drove to the net and popped it in.

Kunitz made it 2-0 with a fluke goal at 8:44.

Staal's shot went wide to the left of the net, then bounded out to Kunitz who was alone at the edge of the crease. Kunitz turned and tucked the puck between Huet's pads.

Toews' power-play deflection cut it to 2-1 with 4:16 left in the first. In the slot, Toews redirected Cam Barker's shot from the blue line.

Toews' second power-play goal, at 6:36 of the second, tied it 2-2. He partially fanned on a shot from the right side of the net, but the puck struck Fleury's right skate and deflected in.

Toews deflected in a high shot by Barker during a Chicago power play with 4:51 left in the second. But the goal was disallowed following a video review because Toews' stick was above crossbar height.

Satan's goal, four seconds after a Penguins' power-play expired, gave Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead with 1:36 left in the second. Satan converted a rebound of Ruslan Fedotenko's shot following a turnover by Chicago's Kris Versteeg.

Talbot made it 4-2 37 seconds later when his attempt from the left side of the net bounded in off Barker's skate.

Toews cut it to 4-3 at 1:55 of the third with his third power-play score. From the right circle, he one-timed in Barker's feed from the left point.

Notes: Crosby has missed a total of three games this season. He was hurt in a 5-2 loss at Washington on Sunday. ... Kunitz flew to Chicago on Thursday from Boston, before the Ducks' 6-0 loss to the Bruins, and joined the Penguins in time for Friday's morning skate. ... Huet has set a season high for consecutive starts by a Blackhawks goalie. ... Chicago RW Patrick Sharp missed his sixth game because of a left knee injury. ... Before the game, the Blackhawks observed a moment of silence for former Chicago Bulls guard Norm Van Lier and former Bulls coach/broadcaster John (Red) Kerr. Both died this week.

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