Malkin scores twice in return, Penguins defeat Ducks 4-1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Evgeni Malkin could not have actually thought up a much better go back to the Pittsburgh Penguins’ lineup.

The four-time All-Star and 2012 Hart Prize winner scored two times and had a help in his season launching Tuesday night as the rising Penguins rolled to a 4-1 triumph over the Anaheim Ducks.

“Obviously we were hopeful that he’d have an immediate impact, and to score two goals like he did tonight, set up an empty-netter on one of (Jeff Carter’s) goals, was quite an impact on the game,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan stated.

Malkin had actually not played considering that going through best knee surgical treatment in June. He missed out on Pittsburgh’s very first 34 video games, however had actually been skating with colleagues for numerous weeks and was a complete individual in Monday’s practice.

The 35-year-old Russian star focused the 2nd line in between Carter and Kasperi Kapanen, which was accountable for all 4 Pittsburgh objectives. Carter scored 2 and Kapanen had 2 helps.

It was Malkin’s 63rd multigoal video game throughout the routine season and initially considering that March 10, 2020. He had a career-low 8 objectives and 28 points in 33 video games last season.

“It was a long process for me. This was the longest break in my life,” stated Malkin, who got 20 shifts and 17:21 of ice time. “We won and I scored a couple of goals — it felt amazing. I feel so at ease right now.”

Tristan Jarry stopped 25 shots for the Penguins, who bounced right back from Saturday’s 3-2 loss at Dallas that snapped a 10-game winning streak.

Jakob Silfverberg scored Anaheim’s objective and Anthony Stolarz made 30 conserves. The Ducks have actually dropped 4 of 6.

“I do believe our guys were trying. They were trying to keep level-headed and neutral in their thinking coming out of the first,” Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins stated. “I did think we got better as the game went on, but it just took a while for us to get our feet underneath us.”

Malkin got his very first objective on a power play at 3:27 of the 2nd duration to provide Pittsburgh a 2-0 benefit. He ripped a 47-foot slap shot that went through Stolarz’s legs. Sidney Crosby, evaluating Stolarz on the play, needed to jump and simply prevented the puck deflecting off his skate.

Malkin included another at 14:38 of the 2nd when he rerouted John Marino’s shot off Stolarz’s blocker. He then helped on Carter’s empty-net objective with 2:57 staying.

“I’m not trying to celebrate too hard, you know? I’m just having fun,” Malkin stated. “We had a couple of good chances, power plays, my partners gave me nice pucks, passes. I tried to do my job, shoot the puck on the power play, play it simple.”

Carter, who had his 65th multigoal video game, opened the scoring 65 seconds in when he made the most of a turnover deep in the Ducks zone and fired a slap shot that entered off the far post. Carter has 11 objectives this season and 3 in his last 4 video games.

LONG DRY SPELL ENDS

Silfverberg scored his 2nd objective of the season and initially in 31 video games at 8:33 of the 2nd when he knocked in a rebound. Jarry made a pad save money on Josh Manson’s shot, however Sonny Milano had the ability to keep the puck alive and fed it to Silfverberg as Jarry was still down on the ice.

“It’s been a while. I stopped counting there after a while, but obviously it felt good,” Silfverberg stated. “We’ve been struggling as a team here as of late to score goals, so hopefully I’ll pick that up and from now on won’t take as long this time.”

Silfverberg scored 21 objectives in 2018-19 and has 4 seasons with a minimum of 20. However the Anaheim extreme right has just 10 objectives considering that the start of last season.

MALKIN AND MARIO

Malkin’s 2nd objective was the 74th game-winner of his 16-year NHL profession. That connected him with Mario Lemieux for 2nd location in Penguins history behind Jaromir Jagr (78).

UP NEXT

Penguins: Stay in Southern California to deal with the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

Ducks: Start a two-game trip versus the Minnesota Wild on Friday.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.