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Malkin scores twice, Fleury sparkles as Penguins top Panthers 5-1 for second straight win

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 34 shots, Patric Hornqvist and Evgeni Malkin each picked up two goals and an assist and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Florida Panthers 5-1 on Sunday night.

Paul Martin scored his third goal of the season for Pittsburgh, which won for the second time in less than 24 hours to keep pace in the crowded Metropolitan Division.

Sidney Crosby had two assists as the Penguins relied heavily on Fleury early before pulling away late to hand the Panthers their second straight loss.

Al Montoya made 21 saves for Florida but the surprising Panthers fell three points behind Boston in the chase for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a quarter of the season remaining.

Scottie Upshall scored Florida's lone goal long after the game was decided.

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