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Penguins playing well indoors and out

The Islanders' Mike Comrie reacts after scoring a goal against Panthers goalie Craig Anderson on Thursday in Uniondale, N.Y.
The Islanders' Mike Comrie reacts after scoring a goal against Panthers goalie Craig Anderson on Thursday in Uniondale, N.Y. AP

PITTSBURGH -- Indoors or outdoors, the Pittsburgh Penguins are hard to beat these days.

Evgeni Malkin had his first three-goal game in the NHL and the Penguins put away Toronto with three goals in 48 seconds early in the third period, returning indoors for a 6-2 victory Thursday night that ran their season-best winning streak to five games.

"The team winning is the best feeling," said Malkin, last season's Rookie of the Year. "The team is winning games. We're playing better and better every game."

Sidney Crosby assisted on two of Malkin's goals, Petr Sykora had a goal and an assist and Ty Conklin turned aside 33 shots to improve to 6-0 as a starter since being called up from the minors following goalie Marc-Andre Fleury's ankle injury.

The Penguins showed no aftereffects from their physically demanding 2-1 Winter Classic victory Tuesday in Buffalo, the NHL's first regular-season outdoor game in the United States. The players talked during a long practice Wednesday of not getting caught up in the emotion and the aura of the showcase game, watched by the largest crowd to attend an NHL game.

"The ice was different (in Buffalo), the game was a little different," forward Jarkko Ruutu said. "It was fun and entertaining, but I was sort of tired at the end of it and I'm sure guys were, too."

BLUE JACKETS 4, KINGS 3, at Los Angeles -- Michael Peca scored twice in his return to the Columbus lineup, including the go-ahead goal with 5:05 left.

Sergei Fedorov and rookie Joakim Lindstrom each had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets, who at 19-16-6 are off to the best start in the franchise's seven-year history.

The Kings have been held to three goals or less in 23 of their last 26 games.

PANTHERS 4, ISLANDERS 3 (OT), at Uniondale, N.Y. -- Jassen Cullimore's goal 1:37 into overtime snapped Florida's three-game losing streak.

Cullimore ripped a slap shot from the left circle into the top right corner of the net for his first goal of the season.

CANUCKS 3, RANGERS 0, at Vancouver, British Columbia -- Roberto Luongo stopped 27 shots for his sixth shutout of the season and Vancouver extended its home unbeaten streak to 13 games.

The Canucks have allowed just 11 goals at home since Nov. 9.

Ryan Kesler gave Vancouver its lead early in the second period on a goal that bounced in off the right foot of Rangers backup goalie Steve Valiquette.

BRUINS 2, CAPITALS 0, at Boston -- Tim Thomas stopped 31 shots for his first shutout this season, Marc Savard broke a scoreless tie in the second period and Boston ended Alex Ovechkin's seven-game point streak.

PREDATORS 5, OILERS 2, at Nashville, Tenn. -- Alexander Radulov scored two goals and Dan Ellis stopped a penalty shot for Nashville.

WILD 6, STARS 3, at St. Paul, Minn. -- Marian Gaborik scored twice, Pierre-Marc Bouchard added a goal and two assists and Brent Burns had three assists for Minnesota.

CANADIENS 6, LIGHTNING 3, at Montreal -- Michael Ryder had two goals and Montreal scored three times in the third period.

COYOTES 4, BLACKHAWKS 2, at Glendale, Ariz. -- Mikael Tellqvist stopped 25 shots to help Phoenix win for just the seventh time in 18 home games. Radim Vrbata of the Coyotes tied a career high with his 18th goal.

SLAP SHOTS -- Teppo Numminen's surgically repaired heart is pumping fine, the Buffalo Sabres defenseman's latest medical checkup showed. It's his stamina that still isn't there yet, leaving Numminen unable to predict Thursday when he might be ready to play. ... Colorado forward Ryan Smyth has a broken right ankle and will miss up to eight weeks.

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