ANAHEIM – Evgeni malkin scored two goals and added one assist in his season debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on Tuesday.
The 35-year-old forward returned after recovering from knee surgery on June 4.
“The coach (Mike Sullivan) told me before the game to play short, to play simple and everything will be fine. I tried to do it,” said Malkin. “Just happy that the first game is over. We win and keep going. “
Jeff Carter scored twice, and Tristan jarry made 25 saves for the Penguins (21-9-5), who won 10 straight games before falling 3-2 to the Dallas Stars on Saturday.
Jakob silfverberg marked, and Antoine Charpentier made 30 saves for the Ducks (19-13-7), who went 2-2-0 on their stay at home in four games.
“A few times we returned the puck and they came back to us,” said Silfverberg.
Video: PIT @ ANA: Silfverberg scores in scrum in front of the net
Malkin gave the Penguins a 2-0 lead when he scored from a slapshot on a power play. Sidney crosby thrown Stolarz and then jumped over the puck before it hit the net at 3:23 of the second period.
“To have [Malkin] in our lineup makes us much better and especially on the power play, ”said the Pittsburgh defenseman. Kris letang noted. “He’s such a threat with his shot and his vision, so it’s good to find him.”
Silfverberg scored his first goal in 30 games on a loose puck in front of the net to make it 2-1 at 8:33 from the second.
The Ducks also struggled against Pittsburgh forward failure
“We were playing slowly, especially the first two periods,” said Silfverberg. “Our D, when they got to the puck, they didn’t really have any options. Before you knew it, they blocked us.
Video: PIT @ ANA: Pettersson releases puck, Carter scores
Malkin restored the two-goal lead when he scored on a redirect from in front of the net to make it 3-1 at 14:38 of a second.
It was the 63rd multi-goal game in the NHL for Malkin and the first since March 10, 2020, against the New Jersey Devils. Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals (154), Crosby (85), Steven stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning (80) and Carter (65) are the only active players with more.
Malkin missed a chance for his 13th hat trick in the NHL when he fed Carter for a goal into an empty net to make it 4-1 with 2:57 to go.
“You see everyday how good ‘Geno’ is and how good their line is,” Jarry said. “I think it showed up tonight, just the type of players (Malkin and Carter). They bring it in every night, and the mere return of ‘Geno’ makes our team better.”
Video: PIT @ ANA: Malkin passes Marino’s shot past Carpenter
Carter gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 1:05 of the first period.
pittsburgh defender Marcus Pettersson pushed the puck from the Ducks stick forward Troy terry in the Anaheim area. Carter turned and kicked the puck past Stolarz in one swing from the right circle to score his 10th goal of the season.
“I had the impression [Terry] didn’t see me, “Pettersson said.” So I tried to put a stick on it and he came out towards ‘Carts’ and he made a great shot. “
REMARKS: Malkin became the fourth player to skate in at least 16 seasons for the Penguins, joining Mario Lemieux (17), Crosby (17) and Letang (16). This is the 16th season that Crosby, Malkin and Letang have played together – the most three-team in NHL history. … Pittsburgh went 36-19 on faceoffs.… The Penguins had the NHL’s best power play at 90.4 percent and killed all three power plays for Anaheim, who came in fourth best NHL power play (27.5 percent). … Carter has doubled in goals in each of his 17 seasons in the NHL. … Pittsburgh striker Danton Heinen and Zach Aston Reese were added to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on Tuesday, joining forwards Bryan Rust and Brock McGinn and the goalie Casey De Smith. … penguins forward Antoine Angello and Radim Zohorna were recalled from Wilkes-Barre / Scranton of the American Hockey League. Angello played 5:19 in his 28th NHL game and Zohorna played 12:10 in his 10th NHL game. … Defender of the Ducks Hampus lindholm and forward Derek grant protocol return. Lindholm, who missed two games, had four blocks in 19:13. Grant, who missed three games, collected three presents in 16:31.