Wednesday, March 18, 2009
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PITTSBURGH - NHL scoring-leader Evgeni Malkin tied a career-high with five points to surpass 100 for the second consecutive season and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Atlanta Thrashers 6-2 Tuesday night.
Malkin, who missed practice Monday due to illness, had two goals and three assists to give him 102 points this season. He extended his lead in the scoring race over teammate Sidney Crosby to 10 points.
Sergei Gonchar had a goal and three assists and Kris Letang and Crosby had two assists each for Pittsburgh in a game matching the two hottest teams in the Eastern Conference.
Bryan Little and Eric Boulton scored for Atlanta, which was playing without star winger Ilya Kovalchuk for the third straight game due to an unspecified upper body injury.