Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/18/14
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Evgeni Malkin scored twice to help the host Pittsburgh Pittsburgh clinch a playoff berth for the sixth consecutive season with a 5-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday.Malkin, who netted his 44th and 45th goals, leads the NHL with 95 points. He and has seven goals and 14 points during a six-game point streak.James Neal added four assists for a Penguins squad that won for the 13th time in the last 14 games.Pittsburgh scored four unanswered goals on a struggling Pekka Rinne, who allowed five goals on 23 shots. The Finnish netminder has surrendered 12 goals in his last three games.Alexander Radulov, who was playing his first game since returning from Russia, scored the lone goal for the Predators before Malkin iced the contest with his second marker of the game in the third period.Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves for his 40th victory.
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