Malkin’s goal in shootout leads Penguins to 2-1 win over Flames

WATCH ABOVE: Some recent videos from the world of hockey.

Evgeni Malkin scored the deciding goal in the shootout, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 on Wednesday night for their fourth-straight win.

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin (71) gets a backhand shot past Calgary Flames goaltender Dan Vladar for a shootout goal during an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. The Penguins won 2-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Malkin, who was recognized for playing his 1,000th NHL game on Sunday, flipped a backhander over Dan Vlader’s glove. After Malkin scored, he threw his stick into the crowd and celebrated with his teammates.

Story continues below advertisement

Sidney Crosby and Rickard Rakell also scored in the tiebreaker for the Penguins, who improved to 6-1-1 in their last eight games overall. Jan Rutta scored in regulation, and Tristan Jarry made 33 saves for his 100th NHL win.

Get the latest National news. Sent to your email, every day.

Dillon Dube scored in the second period for the Flames, who had won two in a row. Calgary has four wins in its last six games overall following a seven-game losing streak.

Vladar, making his fourth start of the season, and first since Nov. 10, stopped 38 shots.

Rutta opened the scoring at 2:09 when he beat Vladar with a blocker-side wrist shot from between the circles.

Pittsburgh appeared to take a 2-0 lead on a Bryan Rust goal. But it was waved off because of an offsides call following a coach’s challenge.

Calgary then tied it at 1 at 8:37 of the second when Dube redirected a Chris Tanev shot behind Jarry.

Malkin honoured

The Penguins celebrated Malkin in his first home game after appearing in his 1,000th career regular-season game on Sunday at Chicago.

Malkin’s teammates all wore his No. 71 jersey during warmups. Malkin’s wife, Anna, and six-year-old son, Nikita, joined him on the ice during a pre-game ceremony. He received personal gifts commemorating his 1,000th career game, including a silver hockey stick.

Story continues below advertisement

Flames continue road trip

Calgary played the fourth game of a season-long six-game road trip.

The Flames lost the first game of the trip against Tampa Bay, but rebounded with wins against Florida and Philadelphia prior to Wednesday’s shootout loss against the Penguins. Calgary closes the trip with games at Washington and Carolina.

READ MORE: Flames win 5-2 over struggling Flyers

The Flames have at least a point in their last seven games at PPG Paints Arena, dating to the 2015-16 season.

Sponsored content