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February 22, 2013

Penguins topple Panthers 3-1

PITTSBURGH — Matt Niskanen and Dustin Jeffrey scored third-period goals to send the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Friday.

Panthers goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 37 saves in his first NHL start this season.

Niskanen took a pass from Kris Letang and scored on a one-timer from the left side at 7:49.

Jeffrey then scored his first goal since Feb. 18, 2012, when he redirected a shot from Matt Cooke at 15:15 to give the Penguins a 3-1 lead.

Chris Kunitz also scored for the Penguins and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves in his first start in five days.

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin left the game in the third period after he took an off-balance check from Erik Gudbranson while driving to the net and slid back-first into the end boards.

Malkin remained down on the ice for several moments, but skated off the ice on his own.

Florida defenseman Mike Weaver scored the Panthers’ goal. Florida was outshot 40-23. Markstrom was recalled from AHL San Antonio on Wednesday.

Notes: Right wing Beau Bennett, who made his NHL debut on Feb. 15, started on the Penguins second line with center Malkin and left wing James Neal. ... The Penguins have scored at least one power-play goal in 10 straight games. ... Penguins winger Tyler Kennedy was benched for much of the second period after two giveaways.

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