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NHL: Pittsburgh 4, Tampa Bay 2

Feb. 12, 2012 at 10:15 PM   |   Comments

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Evgeni Malkin scored twice Sunday, padding his league-leading scoring totals in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 4-2 victory over Tampa Bay.

After Tampa Bay's Steve Downie had scored twice within 11 seconds to hand the Lightning an early 2-0 lead, but Malkin began a Penguins comeback that saw them rack up four answered goals.

His power-play tally late in the first period halved the Pens' deficit, and Chris Kunitz scored the equalizer only 56 seconds into the middle frame.

Kris Letang's marker 3 1/2 minutes later put Pittsburgh ahead and Malkin's 32nd goal of the year capped the run.

The Penguins' center boosted his point total to an NHL-best 69 with the performance.

Brent Johnson earned the win with 21 saves and James Neal added three assists.

Mathieu Garon yielded four goals on 41 shots for Tampa Bay.

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