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Penguins Vs. Sharks First Period Score: Pittsburgh Strikes First On Road

The Pittsburgh Penguins are looking to get back to their winning ways and shake off the cobwebs this Thursday night: they haven't played since last Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. But the Pens didn't show many signs of rust in their first period on the road at San Jose, taking a 2-0 lead into the second.

Evgeni Malkin had two points in the period, on his assist on Deryk Engelland's goal and a goal of his own. And the Penguins dominated play, taking 15 shots to the Sharks' mere four and chasing Antti Niemi from the game.

Thomas Greiss made nine saves in the first period in relief of Niemi.

The Penguins lead the NHL in points with 18, but are looking to prove their mettle on the road against one of the Western Conference's more talented teams, while the Sharks need points to stay abreast of the rest of the contenders in the loaded Pacific Division.

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Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.