Recap: Penguins 6, Jets 5
Penguins 6, Jets 5: Evgeni Malkin collected two goals and an assist in his return from a left leg injury and defenseman Matt Niskanen netted the go-ahead tally with 7:22 remaining in the third period as Pittsburgh skated to its 13th straight home victory over the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise.James Neal scored twice in a 34-second span of the second period and added an assist while Jussi Jokinen tallied and set up a goal. Defenseman Kris Letang notched an assist in his return from a 10-game absence with an upper-body injury as the Penguins extended their home winning streak to 12 games. Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves to give Dan Bylsma his 232nd victory behind the bench with Pittsburgh, tying him with Eddie Johnston (1980-83, 1993-97) as the franchise's all-time winningest coach.Evander Kane recorded two goals and an assist, Mark Scheifele had one of each and rookie defenseman Jacob Trouba and Blake Wheeler also tallied. The Jets dropped all three contests on their road trip and fell to 0-11-2 in their last 13 outings in the Steel City since the then-Atlanta Thrashers skated to a 4-2 win on Dec. 27, 2006.Malkin returned from a nine-game absence to score both of his goals after turnovers by Winnipeg defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, the latter coming as he tapped home a loose puck following Neal's shot from the slot to forge a 5-5 tie at 8:29 of the third period. Niskanen provided the final salvo with his blast from the point that skipped under the right skate of Al Montoya (33 saves).After Jokinen's shot from the slot gave Pittsburgh a 4-3 lead midway through the second period, Kane forged a tie nearly six minutes later with a brilliant backhander under the crossbar on a breakaway. Kane tallied again with another backhander - this time from the left doorstep - with 18 seconds left to cap the teams' seven-goal session.GAME NOTEBOOK: Neal scored off a pair of sharp-angle shots from the left circle in the second period to increase his goal total to 14 in his last 16 games. ... The Penguins had scored first in their previous 10 games before Trouba netted his fourth goal of the season at 1:47 of the first period. ... Scheifele gave Winnipeg a 2-0 lead with 3.9 seconds remaining in the session after getting just enough on a one-timer from the slot to send the puck inside the left post.
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