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PITTSBURGH (AP) -Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist and the Pittsburgh Penguins got three special-team goals to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 in a preseason game Wednesday night.

The Penguins, playing without star center Sidney Crosby, got two power-play goals and a short-handed tally.

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 defensemen 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 preseason 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 in goal. Veterans Vesa Toskola and Curtis Joseph were not in uniform, and rookie Justin Pogge started. Pogge stopped 18 of 21 shots.

The two teams will play again Friday night in Toronto. That will be the final preseason 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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