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NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Pittsburgh



(Monday, December 9th)

Final Score: Pittsburgh 2, Columbus 1

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby both lit the lamp as the Pittsburgh Penguins took possession of first place in the Eastern Conference with a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Olli Maatta, Deryk Engelland, Pascal Dupuis and Jussi Jokinen supplied the assists on the two goals, while Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 32-of-33 shots as the Penguins won for the sixth time in their last seven games.

Matt Calvert contributed the Blue Jackets' lone goal late in the third period. Curtis McElhinney allowed two goals on 30 shots as Pittsburgh snapped Columbus' two-game win streak.

After a scoreless first, Malkin raced through the neutral zone and up the right wing with the puck on his backhand. He breezed by Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin and moved it to his forehand to beat McElhinney 4:16 into the second.

"I don't know if it was just a broken play or what, but you have an elite guy like that coming with a head of steam," McElhinney said. "He's got a lot of options and obviously the one I tried against him didn't work.

Malkin, who missed the last two games with a lower-body injury, ended a Blue Jackets' shutout streak that spanned four games and an overall time of 162:01.

Pittsburgh added another goal in the third. Maatta jumped up on the play in the neutral zone and passed to Dupuis on the right wing. Dupuis then threw the puck on net, where Crosby and Columbus' Nick Foligno battled for it. The puck went off Crosby and into the net.

Calvert cut the lead in half with 56.5 seconds left after the Blue Jackets pulled McElhinney. Mark Letestu took the puck off the boards at the left side of the net and dished it back to Calvert, who was there to quickly put the puck past Fleury.

Both teams were missing key players. Reigning Vezina trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky was not in goal for Columbus due to a strained groin, while Pittsburgh did not have suspended forward James Neal and defenseman Brooks Orpik, who was placed on injured reserve Monday due to a head injury.

Neal was handed a five-game suspension for kneeing Boston's Brad Marchand in the head during Saturday's game against the Bruins.

"It's tough [to not have Neal for five games]," Crosby said. "Especially after you [Neal] battle through an injury for quite a bit and came back as strong as he did. It's tough for him watching, it's tough for us losing him for a bit of time here, but we'll just try to keep moving forward."

Game Notes

Malkin has points in each of his last 10 games, while Crosby is riding a four- game point streak ... The Penguins have won four straight games over the Blue Jackets and are now 8-1-1 in their last 10 meetings with Columbus.

12/10 01:31:30 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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