LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Evgeni Malkin's first goal Wednesday night
was historic. His second was a game winner.
• Evgeni Malkin scored two goals, including the game-winner, in Pittsburgh's OT victory at Los Angeles. Malkin became the first player since the 1917-18 season to begin his NHL career with goals in each of his first six games. That's when the Canadiens' Joe Malone established the all-time record by scoring goals in his first 14 NHL games.
• Among those who made their NHL debuts since 1979-80 (the dawn of the Gretzky era), no other player achieved a six-game goal scoring streak fewer than 25 games into his career. The player who did it the quickest over that span (prior to Malkin) was Sergei Nemchinov, in his 25th game for the 1991-92 Rangers.
• Five current NHL players each with more than 350 career goals have never had a goal-scoring streak longer than five games: Brendan Shanahan (608 goals), Sergei Fedorov (444), Rod Brind'Amour (386), Scott Mellanby (358) and Trevor Linden (357).
Malkin slapped in a loose puck from the slot 2:45 into the extra
period to give the Penguins their fifth straight win. The winner
came with the Kings' Mattias Norstrom in the penalty box for
Malkin also scored in the first period, beating Dan Cloutier
with a wrist shot, to become the first NHL player in 89 years with
goals in his first six games. The 20-year-old Russian joined Joe
Malone, Newsy Lalonde and Cy Denneny, who each scored in their
first six games during the NHL's inaugural season in 1917-18.
"Malkin's contribution has been huge and I feel pretty
fortunate to play with him," said Sidney Crosby, who had assists
on both of Malkin's goals and the tying goal by Noah Welch in the
Wednesday's win was the Penguins' first in Los Angeles since
January 1999. Pittsburgh is 4-0 on the road this season.
"We came out flat and they came at us hard from the first
shift," said Penguins rookie Jordan Staal, who tied it with his
fifth goal of the season 75 seconds after the opening faceoff.
Mike Cammalleri gave the Kings the lead just 25 seconds into the
Malkin's first goal gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead but Dustin
Brown tied it 13 seconds into the second period. Rob Blake tapped
in a rebound during a Kings' power play at 4:54 of the second to
give Los Angeles a 3-2 lead before the Penguins rallied in the
"We did some simple things tonight that were wrong and it cost
us in the end," Kings coach Marc Crawford said. "We're still
growing as a team. There isn't any fault in the effort, the effort
was definitely there."
Malkin suffered a shoulder injury in the preseason and
missed the first four Pittsburgh games before making his debut on
October 18 against New Jersey. ... The announced crowd of 18,118
was the third sellout of the season for the Kings.
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Arena: STAPLES Center Location: Los Angeles, California
Referees: Wes McCauley, Dean Warren Linesmen: Brad Lazarowich, Jay Sharrers