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Pens vs. Flames Recap: Pittsburgh falls short on comeback loses 5-4

Evgeni Malkin has two goals and one assist but the Pens lose

NHL: Calgary Flames at Pittsburgh Penguins Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

In a matinee game the Penguins lost to the Flames 5-4.

The game got away from them in the second period where Calgary outscored them 4-1 in the second stanza. A couple were bad bounces and deflections that didn’t give Matt Murray much of a chance but the goalie wasn’t much but a bystander in this game.

If there was some good news, it would be the return of the Pens’ top power play. The group went 3 for 4, with Evgeni Malkin shining overall on the game with two goals and one assist including this laser.

Unfortunately the Pens were too lax defensively and couldn’t pull the comeback off. Malkin was good, Sidney Crosby scored a goal, Phil Kessel was moving the puck, Jake Guentzel tipped a goal in (one for and against) but the Pittsburgh team just ran out of time.

Could be a tough one to handle, though Calgary is a tough team and one of the best in the West. And the Pens beat them 9-1 out west. So all in all in the macro, not the worst season result to split the series. But for a playoff chase tough one to take and the Pens need to regroup for tomorrow afternoon.