Malkin scores twice, in return, helps Penguins defeat Ducks

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ANAHEIMEvgeni Malkin scored two goals and had an assist in his season debut for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 4-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Tuesday.

Malkin returned after recovering from knee surgery on June 4 and the 35-year-old center scored the 489th and 490th goals of his NHL career, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Jeff Carter also scored twice, and Tristan Jarry made 25 saves for the Penguins (21-9-5), who won 10 straight before losing 3-2 at the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

Jakob Silfverberg scored, and Anthony Stolarz made 30 saves for the Ducks (19-13-7), who went 2-2-0 on their four-game homestand.

Malkin gave the Penguins a 2-0 lead when scored on a slap shot during a power play. Sidney Crosby screened Stolarz and then leaped over the puck before it hit the net at 3:23 of the second period.

Silfverberg scored his first goal in 30 games off a loose puck in front of the net to make it 2-1 at 8:33 of the second.

Malkin reestablished the two-goal lead when he scored on a redirection from in front of the net to make it 3-1 at 14:38 of the second. 

It was the 63rd multi-goal game in the NHL for Malkin and first since March 10, 2020 against the New Jersey Devils. Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (154), Crosby (85), Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning (80) and Carter (65) are the only active players with more.

Malkin passed up a chance for his 13th NHL hat trick and passed to Carter for an empty-net goal to make it 4-1 with 2:57 left.

Carter gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead with a one-timer from the right circle off a turnover at 1:05 of the first period.

Malkin became the fourth player to skate in at least 16 seasons for the Penguins, joining Mario Lemieux (17), Crosby (17) and Kris Letang (16).

2021-22 marks the 16th season that Crosby, Malkin and Letang have played together — the most by a trio in NHL history.
 

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