Published January 08, 2015
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Evgeni Malkin scored 32 seconds into overtime to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday.
Malkin skated to the top of the right circle and one-timed a cross-ice feed from Sidney Crosby through the pads of Tuukka Rask for his second goal of the game.
"I really like (Crosby and Malkin) together. I was hesitant early in the year. I wanted to get a little bit of balance, but I thought they had some great chemistry when they're out there 4-on-4, and they're dangerous on the rush as you saw," said Pittsburgh head coach Mike Johnston.
Crosby had the other Pittsburgh goal and finished with two assists, while Marc-Andre Fleury earned his 300th career win with a 27-save performance.
Milan Lucic and Joe Morrow scored 28 seconds apart in the second period for Boston. Rask stopped 30 shots in defeat.
Crosby opened the scoring with a spinning backhander from outside the crease 3:33 into the game. He had been held without a point in the previous two games.
Boston appeared to tie it midway through the first period, but Patrice Bergeron knocked the puck into the net with a high stick.
The Bruins were able to draw even on a passing sequence by Carl Soderberg to Loui Eriksson to Lucic at 1:43 of the second period. They grabbed the lead 28 seconds later on Morrow's first NHL goal. Morrow took a shot from the point that deflected in.
Malkin beat Rask on the blocker side with a wrist shot from the left circle during a power play, tying the game at 2-2 at 9:42 of the second.
Boston had a second goal waved off a little over a minute later. Soderberg was ruled to have directed the puck in with his glove.
"We're working hard to score goals and yet you get those taken away. We had a couple tough calls on us tonight," said Boston head coach Claude Julien.
The Bruins killed off a late penalty for too many men on the ice to force overtime.
Fleury became the third-fastest goaltender to reach 300 wins, doing so in his 547th career game. Only Jacques Plante (521) and Andy Moog (543) reached the mark in fewer games ... Forward David Pastrnak, the Bruins' 2014 first-round pick (25th overall), made his NHL debut ... Forward Brad Marchand returned to the Boston lineup after missing three games with an undisclosed injury.