Evgeni Malkin scored the decisive goal in the shootout as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 on Wednesday night to earn their fourth-straight win.
Malkin, who was recognized for playing his 1,000th NHL game on Sunday, flipped a backhander over Dan Vlader’s glove. After Malkin scored, he threw his stick into the crowd and celebrated with his teammates.
Sidney Crosby and Rickard Rakell also scored in the tiebreaker for the Penguins, who improved to 6–1–1 in their last eight games. Jan Ruta scored in regulation, and Tristan Jarry made 33 saves for his 100th NHL win.
Dillon Dube scored in the second period for the Flames, who had won two in a row. Calgary has won four of its last six games, including a seven-game losing streak overall.
Vladar stopped 38 shots in his fourth start of the season, and first since November 10.
Rutta opened the scoring at 2:09 when he beat Vlader with a blocker-side wrist shot from the middle of the circle.
Pittsburgh took a 2–0 lead on a goal by Brian Rust. But it was disallowed due to an offside call following a coach’s challenge.
Calgary tied it at 1 at 8:37 of the second when Dube redirected a Chris Tanev shot behind Jarry.
The Penguins celebrated Malkin at his first home game after appearing in his 1,000th career regular season game in Chicago on Sunday.
Malkin’s teammates all wore his number 71 jersey during warm-ups. Malkin’s wife, Anna, and six-year-old son, Nikita, joined him on the ice during pre-game ceremonies. He received personalized gifts to commemorate his 1,000th career game, including a silver hockey stick.
the flames road trip continues
Calgary played the fourth game of a season-long six-game road trip.
The Flames lost the first game of the trip against Tampa Bay, but bounced back with wins against Florida and Philadelphia before a shootout loss against the Penguins on Wednesday. Calgary ends the trip with games in Washington and Carolina.
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The Flames have at least one point in their last seven games at PPG Paints Arena as of the 2015–16 season.
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