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Evgeni Malkin surpasses 100 points in Pens' win over the Thrashers

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PITTSBURGH - NHL scoring-leader Evgeni Malkin tied a career-high with five points to surpass 100 for the second consecutive season and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Atlanta Thrashers 6-2 Tuesday night.

Malkin, who missed practice Monday due to illness, had two goals and three assists to give him 102 points this season. He extended his lead in the scoring race over teammate Sidney Crosby to 10 points.

Sergei Gonchar had a goal and three assists and Kris Letang and Crosby had two assists each for Pittsburgh in a game matching the two hottest teams in the Eastern Conference.

Atlanta entered with a franchise-record six-game winning streak, and the Penguins improved to 11-1-3 under interim coach Dan Bylsma.

Bryan Little and Eric Boulton scored for Atlanta, which was playing without star wing Ilya Kovalchuk for the third straight game due to an unspecified upper body injury.

Chris Kunitz, Jordan Staal and Mark Eaton also scored for the Penguins, who are on a 9-0-2 run and are 9-1-1 in their past 11 at home.

This is the fourth consecutive season the Penguins have had a player score at least 100 points. Crosby had 102 in 2005-06 and won the scoring title with 120 the following season.

Notes: The Penguins are 2-0-1 on a franchise record eight-game homestand. The Penguins now have five 20-goal scorers in their lineup. The Penguins have killed 32 of the past 34 power plays against them, including all seven Tuesday. Atlanta D Zach Bogosian didn't play in third period due to an unspecified injury.

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