Sidney Crosby and NHL scoring leader Evgeni Malkin each had a goal and an assist to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Friday night.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves, and Tyler Kennedy and Bill Guerin added goals for Pittsburgh. The Penguins, tied with Philadelphia for fourth in the Eastern Conference, have won three straight to improve to 12-1-3 under interim coach Dan Bylsma.
The Penguins will face the Flyers at home Sunday.
Michal Handzus scored, and Jonathan Quick made 22 saves for Los Angeles, coming off a 3-2 overtime victory in Boston on Thursday night.
Crosby opened the scoring with 7:27 left in the first period, stealing a pass from Justin Williams in the right faceoff circle and firing a backhander past Quick. Crosby extended his points streak to 12 games with his 28th goal.
Malkin leads the NHL with 103 points on 33 goals and 71 assists. Crosby, with 94 points, passed Washington's Alex Ovechkin for second place on the NHL's scoring list.
Malkin redirected a pass from Crosby, and scored a power-play goal almost 5 minutes later. His 33rd goal of the season gave the Penguins a 2-0 lead.
Kennedy and Guerin scored 2:23 apart in the second period to give Pittsburgh a four-goal advantage.
Handzus spoiled Fleury's shutout with a power-play goal in the third period.
Los Angeles finished 1-for-8 on the power play. The Penguins have killed 39 of 42 penalties over their past nine games and are 7-0-2 in that span.
Notes:@ Los Angeles activated Williams off injured reserve before Friday's game. The right winger, acquired from Carolina just before the trade deadline, broke his left hand Feb. 15 while playing with the Hurricanes. ... Kings D Denis Gauthier was scratched, and is expected to miss up to two weeks with an upper body injury. In his place, the team called up D Davis Drewiske from Manchester of the American Hockey League. ... The Penguins are 3-0-1 on a franchise-record eight-game homestand. ... Bylsma coached against the Kings for the first time. He appeared in 220 games for Los Angeles over parts of five seasons from 1995-2000.
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