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Huberdeau, Malgin each has goal, assist in Panthers win against Penguins

Bobrovsky makes 23 saves, Boyle debuts for Florida, which extends point streak to six

by Alain Poupart / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Huberdeau's deflection in front

PIT@FLA: Huberdeau tips shot from point past Murray

Jonathan Huberdeau gets good position in the slot and redirects Anton Stralman's shot past Matt Murray to give the Panthers a 3-1 lead

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Jonathan Huberdeau and Denis Malgin each had a goal and an assist, and the Florida Panthers extended their point streak to six games with a 4-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at BB&T Center on Tuesday.

Noel Acciari and Frank Vatrano scored, Aleksander Barkov had two assists, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves for the Panthers (4-2-3), who are 3-0-3 in their past six games.

"They're a really good team and they came out hard, but I thought we played our game," Huberdeau said. "Everybody stepped up. [Bobrovsky] was really good in the net. Thought overall we had some chances and we played an overall good game."

 

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Teddy Blueger and Patric Hornqvist scored, Jake Guentzel had two assists, and Matt Murray made 18 saves for the Penguins (6-4-0), who have lost two in a row after a five-game winning streak.

"It was a pretty tight game," Penguins center Sidney Crosby said. "It could have gone either way. Unfortunately, we were on the wrong side tonight."

Forward Brian Boyle played 14:07 in his first game for the Panthers after signing a one-year contract Sunday. He had three shots on goal and one hit.

"I think he did fine," Panthers coach Joel Quenneville said. "Right away you can feel he's part of the team and adapting how we want to play and be one of the guys."

Acciari gave Florida a 1-0 lead at 10:54 of the second period. Murray stopped Acciari's wrist shot from outside the high slot with his blocker, but the puck went up in the air and bounced off his back into the net.

"It took a funny bounce off my blocker and I lost it," Murray said. "That ends up being the difference in the game, the push that they got after that. They kind of got the momentum from that, so that's on me. That was the difference in the game tonight, I think."

Video: PIT@FLA: Acciari scores on wild bounce off Murray

Blueger made it 1-1 at 11:57 on a 2-on-1 with Guentzel.

Malgin gave Florida a 2-1 lead at 18:00 when he one-timed Huberdeau's pass at the side of the net.

Huberdeau extended the lead to 3-1 at 13:42 of the third period when he tipped Anton Stralman's shot from the point. Huberdeau has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in the past eight games.

"Obviously the points are coming, but I thought tonight was a little bit better," Huberdeau said. "I think lately I've been struggling a little bit, but I just want to help our team. I want to be a leader out there. Every time I'm on the ice I want to be good in the offensive zone as much as possible."

Video: PIT@FLA: Malgin nets one-timer from the circle

Hornqvist made it 3-2 at 14:25 before Vatrano scored into an empty net at 18:57 for the 4-2 final.

"We'll take any kind of win, but you get a two-goal lead late in the game you have to shut that down and make sure that's going to be two," Quenneville said. "We'll take the two."

 

They said it

"The chances were even on both teams, based on our calculations. We had some quality chances. I think both teams defended really hard. There wasn't a lot of ice out there, but we had some opportunities. We hit a few more posts. I love how our team is competing. I think we're competing hard. We're in a one-goal hockey game. That game could go either way. It didn't go our way tonight, but we're playing hard." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan

"At this time of the year you don't really look at that. We've got lots of work ahead of us and the points, the wins, it's a big step obviously for the confidence and to bring the team together, but on the other hand it's a long season and we've got so much work to do." -- Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky on their six-game point streak 

 

Need to know

Florida played without forward Vincent Trocheck (lower body) and defenseman Aaron Ekblad (illness). Defenseman Mike Matheson did not play in the third period. There was no update after the game. … The Penguins were without forwards Evgeni Malkin (lower body) and Alex Galchenyuk (lower body). … Pittsburgh forward Jared McCann played 12:09 after missing one game with an ankle injury. … The Penguins (25) and Panthers (22) each were held to season-low shot totals. … The Panthers announced they had acquired forward Aleksi Saarela from the Chicago Blackhawks for defenseman Ian McCoshen in a swap of American Hockey League players. 

 

What's next

Penguins: At the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN)

Panthers: At the Calgary Flames on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; SNW, FS-F, NHL.TV) 

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