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Malkin has big day as Penguins beat Red Wings 4-1

14 January 2018

Evgeni Malkin scored two goals and assisted on two more to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-1 home victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday afternoon. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Gene J. Puskar, AP Jan 13, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Tyler Bertuzzi gets a loose puck against Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta and goaltender Tristan Jarry during the second period at PPG PAINTS Arena.

Justin Abdelkader scored for the Red Wings, who have lost two straight following a four-game winning streak. Abdelkader did not return after the second period and Helm's appeared to injury his right leg in the third period.

With the Blackhawks being as inconsistent as they have been all season, every game and every point has been so precious.

Detroit went 1-for-7 on the power play.

The Detroit Red Wings look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games.

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The Red Wings were playing their first game since losing to Tampa Bay 5-2 on Sunday. The Penguins led in shots, 5-1, after five minutes.

"Our power play has to be better, and our shooting mentality has to be better". That makes this Sunday matinee matchup that much more important, as if the players weren't already getting jacked up for this big matchup.

"If we were to get one or two early there, it would have been a lot different, but we didn't", Henrik Zetterberg said. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed two or less goals in five of their last six games.

Phil Kessel added a goal and two assists for Pittsburgh, which had dropped its previous three games against Detroit. Kessel sent a pass from the boards toward the middle, and Malkin converted from between the circles.

Any chance at rallying died 3:31 into the third period when Sidney Crosby made it 4-1 during a Penguins power play. Don Wright, USA TODAY Sports iJan 13, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin centers the puck past the Detroit Red Wings during the second period at PPG PAINTS Arena. Crosby lifted Frans Nielsen's stick and whipped a wrist shot into the net.

Malkin has big day as Penguins beat Red Wings 4-1