PITTSBURGH, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Sergei Gonchar scored his first goal this season Thursday to break up a tie game 7:18 into the third period and give Pittsburgh a 5-4 win over Montreal.
The game was tied at 2-2 going into the third period and the teams combined for five goals before the stanza was 8 minutes old.
Malkin and Maxime Talbot scored during the opening 3 minutes to give the Penguins a 4-2 advantage, but Andrei Kostitsyn and Tomas Plekanec tallied for the Canadiens.
Gonchar then put a blast through a crowd of players that eluded Carey Price.
Montreal lost its fourth straight.