NHL: Pittsburgh 2, Boston 1 (SO)

BOSTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Evgeni Malkin's goal in the fifth round of the shootout Monday gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins.

The shootout was tied at 1-1 after Boston's Phil Kessel got a backhander over Dany Sabourin in the first round, and Pittsburgh's Petr Sykora slipped a backhander past Tim Thomas in the second.


In the fifth round, Malkin skated in wide and faked once before snapping a quick shot into the left side of the net. Marc Savard had a chance to tie up the shootout again, but Sabourin sent the puck wide to seal the win for the Penguins.

Sabourin, making his first appearance of the season, stopped 35-of-36 shots through the end of overtime for Pittsburgh. Miroslav Satan scored the other Penguins goal.

Thomas made 31 saves for Boston, which has lost three of four.

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