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Malkin, Crosby rally Penguins

December 12, 2006|From the Associated Press

Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby set the stage, Evgeni Malkin made the difference.

The ballyhooed matchup of last season's top two rookies lived up to the hype, but Malkin -- this year's leading rookie -- was the star on Monday night.

He notched a goal and assisted on one by Crosby in regulation, then scored the decisive goal in the shootout as the Pittsburgh Penguins erased a four-goal deficit and beat Ovechkin's Capitals, 5-4, at Washington.

Chris Clark had two goals and two assists for the Capitals, who led, 4-0, in the second period. The Penguins rallied with goals from Maxime Talbot, Erik Christensen and Crosby, who scored for the fourth straight game. Malkin tied it 3:20 into the third period.

Ovechkin had the Capitals' only goal in the shootout.

Colorado 5, Carolina 2 -- John-Michael Liles and Joe Sakic scored power-play goals in the third period to lead the Avalanche to the victory at Denver.

San Jose 4, Phoenix 0 -- Vesa Toskala stopped 23 shots and Joe Pavelski scored for the fifth time in nine games to lift the host Sharks.

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