PITTSBURGH PA - DECEMBER 20: Deryk Engelland #5 of the Pittsburgh Penguins connects with his right hand on Taylor Pyatt #14 of the Phoenix Coyotes during a third period fight on December 20 2010 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Coyotes Vs. Penguins: Evgeni Malkin, Pens Dominate

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Coyotes Vs. Penguins: Evgeni Malkin Leads Pens To Rout

Evgeni Malkin scored five points (two goals and three assists) as the Pens routed the Coyotes Monday night, 6-1. Sidney Crosby added a goal and two assists, running his points-scored streak to 21 straight games.

Kris Letang scored on a power play early in the first period, and then the Pens made it 2-0 as Malkin scored shortly before the frame was over. Malkin and Crosby both added power play goals at the beginning of the second period, and Matt Cooke scored an even-strength goal to make it 5-0, at which point the Coyotes replaced goalie Jason LaBarbera with Matt Climie. Wojtek Wolski scored the Coyotes’ only goal in the third period, and Chris Conner added the Pens’ final goal to make it 6-1.

Marc-Andre Fleury ended the game with 26 saves.

The game was filled with penalties on both sides, but the Pens killed all the Coyotes’ power play opportunities, including a five-on-three in the second period.


Coyotes Vs. Penguins: Kris Letang Gives Pens Early Lead

Kris Letang scored a power play goal in Monday night's game against the Phoenix Coyotes to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. He was assisted by Tyler Kennedy and Evgeni Malkin. Marc-Andre Fleury has 16 saves so far, but he also picked up a delay-of-game penalty.

The Penguins, after five days off, are trying to recover from a modest two-game losing streak against the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers, which followed a 12-game winning streak. The Pens last played the Coyotes November 6, when they won 4-3 in a shootout.

The Coyotes are finishing a four-game tour of the Atlantic Division. In their last game, they beat the woeful New York Islanders in a shootout. Before that, they lost to the Rangers (in a shootout) and Devils. After this they'll stay on the road against the Stars and Sharks.

Sidney Crosby will try to extend his point-scoring streak to 21 games tonight, and he'll have a bit more than two periods left to pull it off.

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