Penguins win sixth straight, edge Panthers in shootout

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PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Defenseman Kris Letang and All-Star

Evgeni Malkin scored in the shootout to lift the Pittsburgh

Penguins to their seventh consecutive victory, a 4-3 triumph

over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who made 18 saves in regulation and overtime,

stopped Richard Zednik and Stephen Weiss in the bonus format as

the Penguins extended their longest winning streak of the

season.

Letang opened the shootout by deking to the forehand and lifting

a wrist shot past Tomas Vokoun, who turned aside 47 shots before

the bonus format.

"I'm pretty tired," Vokoun said. "But obviously, you have to

give them credit. They made it tough for me. They got a lot of

screens and you have to fight to see the puck."

Malkin sealed the win in third round, fooling Vokoun with a

sensational move and depositing the puck into the nearly vacant

net.

"I did something different because I did not score last time,"

Malkin said. "I practiced my move a couple times, and it worked

good tonight."

"Sometimes in practice, the skill guys try different moves and

try to be overly fancy and try to do different things,"

Pittsburgh interim coach Dan Bylsma said. "I asked Geno

(Malkin) in Washington if he wanted to go and he said yes, and

he didn't get to go. So he got to go tonight, and it turned out

pretty good."

Captain Sidney Crosby scored a goal and set up another and

Malkin and Jordan Staal also tallied in regulation for

Pittsburgh (36-26-6), which climbed into sixth place in the

Eastern Conference.

"I thought we deserved a better fate than having to go to

overtime," Crosby said. "But we kept going and made sure we

played a full 60 minutes, and we came out strong in the third

and tied it up."

Kamil Kreps and defensemen Nick Boynton and Keith Ballard scored

in the second period for the Panthers (34-24-9), who squandered

a two-goal lead in the final session and fell one point behind

the Penguins.

"There are some pretty good players over there," Florida coach

Peter DeBoer said. "You tell me a team that can shut down those

guys, well that's a pretty good team. They were on."

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