It was a hard-fought battle, but the return of Evgeni Malkin brought the Penguins’ stars out in full force last night as goals came from a few of the team’s core players which ultimately led them to a win over the Lightning. Malkin looked like he was back to form; not just his form prior to suffering a concussion, but the old Malkin we’ve come to know and love. The player who skates on the ice with the puck like he’s possessed and no one can come close to stopping him. Let’s hope he’s back in his old form to stay.
The action began around four minutes into the first period when Deryk Engelland dropped the gloves with Pierre-Cedric Labrie. Just seconds after that, Chris Kunitz scored the first goal of the game.
The rest of the Penguins goals and action came in an inspired third period after Malkin scored a stunning unassisted goal that tied it up for the Penguins. Malkin’s goal was followed by another incredible goal by Sidney Crosby and an empty-net goal by James Neal that later turned out to be the game-winning goal (GWG).
The Penguins do not have games scheduled for the next two days then will be back on the road again to face the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday and the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday.