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Malkin powers Penguins past Panthers

Sunrise, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Evgeni Malkin had one goal and three assists in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 5-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

Malkin has four goals and 13 assists during an eight-game point streak for the Penguins, who are 6-1-1 over their last eight games. James Neal, Chris Kunitz, Joe Vitale and Jussi Jokinen also lit the lamp.

Jeff Zatkoff stopped 39-of-40 shots in the victory.

Scottie Upshall scored the lone goal for the Panthers, who have lost four of five.

Tim Thomas was benched after turning aside 9-of-13 shots over two periods. Scott Clemmensen made eight saves in the third frame.

The Penguins scored a pair of goals in a span of 32 seconds midway through the first period. The first score came on the power play at the 10:45 mark, when Malkin intercepted Thomas' clearing attempt along the boards and fired a pass toward the net. Kunitz just got enough of the puck to score into an open net.

Vitale put home a rebound from a sharp angle for his first goal of the season and the visitors were up by two after one period.

Malkin made it a 3-0 contest at the 7:23 mark of the middle stanza, as he beat Thomas with a nice forehand-to-backhand deke.

Florida appeared to get on the board with 9:45 to go, but the goal by Brad Boyes was disallowed after replay determined he intentionally kicked in the puck.

The Panthers did score with 2:07 remaining when Upshall used a backhander to beat Zatkoff.

But the Penguins scored just 29 seconds later when Malkin backhanded a pass from behind the net to Neal, whose one-timer got past Thomas.

Jokinen scored at 6:10 of the third period to account for the final margin.

Game Notes

The Panthers fell to 1-2-0 on their five-game homestand ... Florida went 1- for-4 on the power play ... Panthers forward Sean Bergenheim played in his 400th NHL game ... Florida forward Jesse Winchester returned after missing three games with a lower-body injury.

11/30 22:13:46 ET