Penguins beat Panthers in home opener
Pittsburgh, PA – No Crosby, no Malkin. No problem.
Pascal Dupuis, Matt Cooke, Richard Park and James Neal each scored a goal, as the Pittsburgh Penguins -- playing without stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin -- downed the Florida Panthers, 4-2.
Malkin joined Crosby -- an expected scratch while he continues to recover from a concussion -- in absentia, missing his second straight game due to an undisclosed lower body injury.
The ailment is reportedly unrelated to last year's knee injury, which required season-ending surgery in February.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 32 shots in the Penguins' home opener.
Marcel Goc and Tomas Fleischmann both scored for the Panthers, who got 25 saves from Jose Theodore.