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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Malkin Pens Place in the Record Books

ReutersPenguins left-winger Malkin celebrating after scoring the game-winning power-play goal against the Kings in overtime in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
NEW YORK -- Evgeni Malkin's first goal put him in some rare company. His second was even more important.

Malkin's power-play goal in overtime lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night.

Malkin slapped in a loose puck from the slot 2 minutes, 45 seconds into the extra period to give the Penguins their fifth straight victory. The winner came with the Kings' Mattias Norstrom in the penalty box for tripping.

Malkin also scored in the first period, beating Dan Cloutier with a wrist shot, to become the first NHL player in 89 years with goals in his first six games.

The Russian player, 20, joined Joe Malone, Newsy Lalonde and Cy Denneny, who each scored in their first six games during the NHL's inaugural season in 1917-18.

"Malkin's contribution has been huge and I feel pretty fortunate to play with him," said Sidney Crosby, who had assists on both of Malkin's goals and the tying goal by Noah Welch in the third period.

Pittsburgh improved to 4-0 on the road this season, and won in Los Angeles for the first time since January 1999.

Jordan Staal also had his fifth goal of the season for the Penguins.

Dustin Brown, Rob Blake and Mike Cammalleri had the Kings' goals.

"We did some simple things tonight that were wrong and it cost us in the end," Los Angeles coach Marc Crawford said. "We're still growing as a team. There isn't any fault in the effort; the effort was definitely there."

In other NHL games, it was: Dallas 4, St. Louis 1; New York Rangers 4, Anaheim 3 in overtime; Carolina 5, Atlanta 2; Colorado 5, Columbus 3; Toronto 4, Tampa Bay 2; Detroit 3, Calgary 2; and Nashville 5, Edmonton 3.