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Malkin Leads Pens Over Leafs

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist to lead the Penguins to a 3-2 pre-season victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday night at Mellon Arena.

The Penguins led, 3-0, with less than five minutes to play, before Toronto scored two late goals against Dany Sabourin. Sabourin stopped 27 of 29 shots overall to post the win.

The Penguins improved to 2-1 in the pre-season and will play their fourth game in seven nights when they travel to Toronto for a rematch with the Leafs on Friday.

Malkin helped set up Petr Sykora's game-opening power play goal at 2:05 of the first period, then scored the eventual game-winner on short-handed setup from Jordan Staal at 1:10 of the second.  Ruslan Fedotenko also scored a goal in his first appearance in a Penguins uniform.

The Penguins played without Sidney Crosby, who sat out as a precaution with a sore groin. Crosby skated with the team in the morning and is expected to play Friday in Toronto.

Alexei Ponikarovsky and Mikhail Grabovski scored the goals for the Leafs.

Following Friday's game, the Penguins leave on Saturday for their season-opening trip to Sweden. They will play Jokerit of the Finnish Elite League in a final pre-season game Oct. 2 in Helsinki, Finland, then open the NHL regular season with back-to-back games against the Ottawa Senators in Stockholm on Oct. 4 and 5.
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