Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Evgeni Malkin's second goal of the night tied the game in the third, then both he and Sidney Crosby scored in the shootout, as the Pittsburgh Penguins earned a 6-5 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday at CONSOL Energy Center.
Pittsburgh trailed 4-1 early in the second and 5-3 heading into the third before James Neal potted a power-play goal at 3:46 and Malkin followed just under four minutes later with his sixth of the season to tie the tilt.
Despite outshooting the Leafs 19-0 over the final 25 minutes, the Penguins were unable to push the go-ahead goal past Jonathan Bernier, forcing the game into a shootout.
After both shooters came up empty in the first round, Crosby skated in and got Bernier to commit early on a poke check before stuffing the disc into the net.
Rookie Jeff Zatkoff, in his first NHL shootout, then stoned David Clarkson before Malkin ended the game with a quick wrister past Bernier's blocker side.
Malkin added his 24th assist of the season, while Kris Letang registered a goal and two assists, and Neal notched a goal and an assist for the Penguins, who had dropped two straight.
Zatkoff stopped 11 shots in relief of starter Marc-Andre Fleury, who was pulled early in the second after giving up three goals on 11 shots.
James van Riemsdyk scored twice and added an assist, while Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel each lit the lamp once for the Leafs, who have lost two straight.
Bernier allowed five goals on 48 shots in defeat.