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Satan and Sykora help Penguins hold off Oilers for 5-4 win

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PITTSBURGH - Miroslav Satan and Petr Sykora each scored twice and NHL scoring leader Evgeni Malkin set up three goals in the second period as the Pittsburgh Penguins opened a five-goal lead, then held on for 5-4 victory over the road-weary Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.

The Oilers, playing on the road for the 10th time in 12 games, couldn't score despite getting the first four power-play opportunities and looked tired while falling behind 5-0 late in the second period during their second game in two nights.

Pittsburgh scored three times in less than six minutes in the second as Malkin assisted on Sykora's two goals and Satan's second of the game and eighth this season - half as many as the 16 he scored with the Islanders last season. Malkin has a league-high 21 points on four goals and 17 assists.

Maxime Talbot also scored for Pittsburgh.

A night after they couldn't hold a 4-2 lead in Columbus while losing 5-4, the Oilers got goals from Fernando Pisani, Tom Gilbert and Ales Hemsky - his fourth in three games - in less than five minutes to get back into a game that looked to be long since lost.

The Oilers lost some momentum during an extended Penguins two-man advantage in which Pittsburgh didn't score, but Kyle Brodziak saw Sheldon Souray coming out of the penalty box and put a perfectly placed pass on his stick for a backhander that fooled goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and made it 5-4. Souray's short-handed goal at 8:59 was Edmonton's second in as many nights.

The Penguins, coming off a four-day break, and Fleury tightened up after that to preserve their second successive victory. They have scored 11 goals in two games after being held to 25 in their first 11 games.

Sykora's two-goal game against his former club was his 37th, the most of any player who has never had a three-goal game. Satan, also a former Oilers player, has seven goals in nine games.

All of Pittsburgh's goals came against Mathieu Garon, who allowed five goals in 20 shots during his first start in four games. Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers, Edmonton's No. 3 goalie, came on after Sykora's second goal pushed the lead to 5-0 to stop all 14 shots he faced.

Satan and Talbot scored in the first for Pittsburgh, with Talbot getting a short-handed goal after Sidney Crosby skated down the right-wing boards and put a hard wrist shot on net.

Sykora scored his two goals in less than two minutes, the first on a set play off Malkin's faceoff win and the second on a power play in which he followed up Malkin's one-timer.

Notes: Oilers D Ladislav Smid sat out with the concussion that occurred Wednesday night. ... The Oilers have already played nearly one-quarter of their road schedule. They are 2-3 during a seven-game road trip and are 4-6 overall on the road. ... Edmonton has scored 16 goals in its last four games. ... Pittsburgh is 7-1 with two ties in its last 10 home games against Western Conference teams.

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