NHL roundup: Evgeni Malkin lifts Penguins in shootout

The Penguins’ Chris Kunitz (14) crashes through the goal crease after colliding with Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo.
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The Penguins’ Chris Kunitz (14) crashes through the goal crease after colliding with Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo.

Back in 2011, Evgeni Malkin scored the deciding goal in the shootout as the Pittsburgh Penguins earned a season-opening victory at Vancouver.

The site changed on Saturday, but the result was the same.

Malkin scored in the third round of the shootout and Marc-Andre Fleury made the deciding stop on Ryan Kesler as the Penguins remained unbeaten at home with a 4-3 win over the Canucks.


‘‘The goal Evgeni scored in Vancouver was similar to the one he got [Saturday],’’ Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. ‘‘He moved out wide, got [Roberto] Luongo down, and scored the winner.’’

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Malkin skated down the right-wing boards and moved across the ice, curling his stick to stuff the puck home with a backhander.

‘‘When Malkin came down, I wasn’t quite sure what he was going to do, and unfortunately, I bit on the fake and he went backhand,’’ Luongo said. ‘‘I wish I would have been a bit more patient maybe on that one.’’

Sidney Crosby moved into a tie atop the NHL leaderboard with his seventh goal of the season, and he added two assists.

Chris Kunitz netted his fourth goal and rookie defenseman Olli Maatta scored his first NHL goal for the Penguins, who won a season-high fourth straight. Pittsburgh is 5-0 at home — its best start since the 1994-95 season.


Coyotes 5, Red Wings 2 — Goalie Mike Smith scored a goal from his own crease with just more than a second left to punctuate Phoenix’s victory over visiting Detroit.

Smith was already having a good night before sending a wrist shot the length of the ice into the vacated Red Wings net. Smith made 31 saves before scoring his first NHL goal.

Mike Ribeiro scored twice in the third to help the Coyotes storm back from a 2-0 deficit in the opening frame.

Oilers 3, Senators 1 — Ryan-Nugent Hopkins scored two goals, including one into an empty net, to help visiting Edmonton snap a five-game losing streak by beating Ottawa.

Predators 2, Canadiens 1 — Seth Jones’s goal with 1:27 left spoiled a 35-save performance by Montreal’s Carey Price and helped visiting Nashville snap the Canadiens’ four-game winning streak.


Hurricanes 4, Islanders 3 — Jiri Tlusty scored his first two goals of the season and Cam Ward made 22 saves as visiting Carolina held off New York.

Avalanche 4, Sabres 2 — Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, and Ryan O'Reilly each had a goal and an assist to lead Colorado over host Buffalo.

Devils 4, Rangers 0 — Cory Schneider made 22 saves for his first shutout with host New Jersey as the Devils become the last NHL team to win a game this season.

Capitals 4, Blue Jackets 1 — Braden Holtby made 37 saves and Martin Erat assisted on three goals to help host Washington snap a two-game skid by routing Columbus.

Blackhawks 3, Maple Leafs 1 — Bryan Bickell sparked Chicago’s big second period with his first goal of the season, helping the Blackhawks beat visiting Toronto.

Panthers 2, Wild 1 — Brad Boyes and Jonathan Huberdeau scored in a shootout, lifting host Florida over Minnesota to snap a three-game skid.

Sharks 6, Flames 3 — Joe Pavelski scored two power-play goals to keep San Jose unbeaten (5-0) at home.