Malkin’s shawl pretence powers Penguins past Sharks 5-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Murray wanted to feel a clarity of normalcy, so a Pittsburgh Penguins goalie went behind to work Tuesday night for a initial time given his father, James, died this month.

“I only attempted to come in and forget about a fact we hadn’t played in a while and try to get mislaid in a game,” Murray said.

There were no external signs of emotion. No tears. That’s simply not a understated Murray’s way. Looking as pointy as he has all season, a 23-year-old Murray stopped 40 shots in a 5-2 feat over a San Jose Sharks, including a handful of fantastic stops early that kept a Penguins in it prolonged adequate to convene for their eighth win in 10 games.

“Matt’s a mature kid,” Pittsburgh manager Mike Sullivan said. “He’s grounded. we consider he has good viewpoint on where he’s during and a event in front of him.”

Murray took a leave of deficiency following his father’s genocide on Jan. 16. He returned final week though stayed out of a lineup while rookie Casey DeSmith filled in capably as a two-time fortifying Stanley Cup champions have solemnly pulled themselves out of an early-season funk.

By Tuesday morning, Murray was prepared to go and he responded by looking unequivocally most like a actor who backstopped a Penguins to uninterrupted championships, including a six-game delight over San Jose in a 2016 Stanley Cup Final.

“We try to support him and know it’s outrageous diversion for him and wish it gives him a small like push, small bit of confidence,” core Evgeni Malkin said.

Malkin did his part, picking adult his 12th career shawl pretence over a final 20:04. The Russian star’s 24th idea of a deteriorate late in a second duration tied it. His 25th early in a third gave Pittsburgh a lead for good and his 26th rolled into an dull net with only some-more than a notation remaining.

“Like final integrate weeks, we feel like I’m so lucky, though it’s fine,” Malkin said. “It helps a group to win. we feel like my shots, it’s coming.”

Brent Burns and Logan Couture scored power-play goals for a Sharks though San Jose forsaken a second true diversion though Joe Thornton, who is out indefinitely with a right leg injury.

Martin Jones finished with 26 saves though also gave a puck divided behind a San Jose net in a third period. Patric Hornqvist intercepted Jones’ messy clearing try and fed it in front to a tarnishing Malkin, who had small difficulty putting it into an open net 6:01 into a third.

“You can’t kick yourself on a road, let alone going into a two-time fortifying Stanley Cup champions’ building, and that’s accurately what we did,” Sharks manager Peter DeBoer said.

Bryan Rust, hindered by injuries this season, scored twice and scarcely kick Malkin to a shawl pretence though his try during an empty-netter clanged off a crossbar. Moments later, Malkin didn’t miss.

“I won’t hear a finish of that for a while,” Rust pronounced with a laugh.

Rust’s initial idea given Nov. 27 on a sharp backhand that slid by Jones gave Pittsburgh a lead 11:09 into a first, though a Sharks used a span of power-play goals in a second to swell ahead. Burns slipped a wrist shot from a indicate by trade to tie it during a game’s mid point, and Couture battered home a miscarry 18:35 into a second for his 200th career goal.

San Jose’s movement didn’t last.

With time circuitous down in a second, Burns attempted a backhand transparent behind a San Jose net that Pittsburgh’s Phil Kessel chased down in a dilemma before feeding it to Malkin, who ripped it by Jones with only 4 seconds left to even things adult and give a Penguins a critical boost.

“There are mistakes here and there,” Couture said. “Mistakes happen. They scored on a integrate tonight. Next game, that substantially won’t happen. Or subsequent game, we’ll substantially get those ones. So, we suspicion we played unequivocally well.”

NOTES: Penguins captain Sidney Crosby got an support on Malkin’s empty-netter to extend his indicate strain to 10 games. … Malkin played in his 754th career game, flitting Jean Provonost for fourth-most in authorization history. … The Sharks scratched brazen Jannik Hansen, C Daniel O’Regan and D Tim Heed. The Penguins scratched D Chad Ruhwedel, D Matt Hunwick and brazen Ryan Reaves. … Pittsburgh went 0 for 3 on a energy play. The Sharks were 2 for 5 with a male advantage.


Sharks: Continue their five-game highway outing Wednesday in Detroit.

Penguins: Host a Washington Capitals on Friday.


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