SAN JOSE – The Pittsburgh Penguins fought back, but San Jose held on for a tough 3-2 win Saturday night.
The Penguins (7-4) saw their five-game winning streak come to an end. The last time they won six games in a row was during the 2001-02 season from Jan. 17-26, 2002. The Penguins saw their road win streak halted at four. The last time they won five consecutive on the road was during 1997 from Nov. 15-Dec. 10.
In addition, rookie Evgeni Malkin saw his magical goal-scoring streak snapped against San Jose. Malkin was gunning for a goal in his seventh-straight game, but was shut out against the Sharks. Nevertheless, Malkin is the first rookie to tally in his first six NHL games in the league’s “modern era.”
Also, Sidney Crosby’s scoring streak ended at five games.
Kyle McClaren gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead. He poked in Joe Thornton’s rebound 1:00 into the second period.
Pittsburgh’s Michel Ouellet tied the game at 1-1 with 12:40 remaining. Skating down the right side, Ouellet closed in on goal and wristed a shot past Vesa Toskala’s blocker to knot the score. Josef Melichar had an assist.
San Jose seized a 2-1 lead on Carle’s power-play goal 2:24 later.
Mike Grier boosted the Sharks’ advantage to 3-1 when he one-timed the puck past Marc-Andre Fleury from the slot 33 seconds into the third.
Dominic Moore responded with a goal 1:12 later. Behind the San Jose goal, John LeClair battled and won the puck. He slid a pass to a streaking Moore, who one-timed it from the near side past Toskala to trim the Penguins’ deficit. Ouellet had the other assist.
Penguins defenseman Mark Eaton left the game early in the first period after he was hit from behind from San Jose’s Jonathan Cheechoo and slid awkwardly into the corner boards.
Pittsburgh wraps up its West Coast trip Monday night in Anaheim.