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Malkin re­turns from in­jury to lead Pitts­burgh to vic­tory

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The qual­ity Mike Sul­li­van ap­pre­ci­ates the most in Ev­geni Malkin is the one that sep­a­rates the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins star from just about ev­ery­one else who hap­pens to do what Malkin does for a liv­ing.

“He’s such a threat when he’s on the ice,” Sul­li­van said. “He’s one of the elite play­ers in the league that has the abil­ity to change the out­come.”

And do it with style. Malkin cel­e­brated his re­turn from a lower-body in­jury with his 23rd goal of the sea­son then added a beautiful feed that set up Phil Kes­sel’s third-pe­riod goal, help­ing the Pen­guins roll by the Van­cou­ver Canucks 4-0 on Tues­day night.

Sid­ney Crosby earned the 999th point of his ca­reer with an as­sist on Jake Guentzel’s goal and Matt Cullen added his ninth of the sea­son for Pitts­burgh. Matt Mur­ray stopped 29 shots for his third shutout of the sea­son, and the Pen­guins re­mained un­beaten in reg­u­la­tion since the all-star break (5-0-2).

Malkin missed seven games while re­hab­bing an in­jury from

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Ev­geni Malkin scored his 23rd goal of the sea­son on Tues­day against the Canucks.

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