Sheary, Crosby lead Penguins past Flyers and into 1st place

Malkin’s goal was an empty-netter with 1:41 remaining.

Philadelphia Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks helped provided on-ice commentary during the first period. … Pittsburgh improved to 3-0 against the Flyers this season. The teams wrap up their regular-season series on March 25 in Pittsburgh. …

The Kings (36-25-5) have had four days to recover from a stunning 5-3 defeat to the Chicago Blackhawks last Saturday afternoon at Staples Center. The defeat to the Central Division’s last place team snapped a three-game winning streak and was due to undisciplined play which led to four Chicago third-period goals in a game that Los Angeles clearly controlled after two periods.

Los Angeles coach John Stevens normally stoic in his post season press conferences was visibly angered at his team play in the final period which included an unsportsmanlike penalty to Drew Doughty that keyed the Chicago comeback.

The best first-year expansion team in NHL history, the Vegas Golden Knights, are finally struggling and the Detroit Red Wings welcome back a familiar face.

Vegas (42-19-5) visits the Detroit Red Wings (26-29-11) at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday at Little Caesars Arena.

He faces his former team, the Red Wings, for the first time since they dealt him to Vegas for three draft choices at the Feb. 26, trading deadline. Tatar, who has 17 goals and 29 points for the season, got his first goal as a Golden Knight — which was the game winner — in Vegas’ 3-2 road win over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.

“It feels good to contribute and get the monkey off my back,” said Tatar after the game. He has played four games with the Golden Knights.

Detroit will be without center Frans Nielsen, who left the Red Wings’ 6-5 overtime road loss to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night late in the first period after suffering a concussion due to a high hit from Boston center David Backes.packers_160

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