Posted December 17, 2011 on AP on Fox

PITTSBURGH - JUNE 09: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against Brian Rafalski #28 of the Detroit Red Wings during Game Six of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at the Mellon Arena on June 9, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Evgeni Malkin had his seventh career hat trick, and the injury-depleted Pittsburgh Penguins peppered two Buffalo Sabres goalies in a 8-3 win on Saturday night. Jason Williams and Simon Despres both scored their first goal with Pittsburgh during the first seven minutes, and James Neal, Deryk Engelland and Chris Kunitz added goals for the Penguins, who had lost four of five. Defenseman Paul Martin (lower-body) didn't play, adding to the list of injured Penguins. Pittsburgh already was without captain Sidney Crosby, top defenseman Kris Letang, center Jordan Staal and six others. Marc-Andre Fleury made 16 saves and became the fourth-youngest goalie to reach 200 NHL victories since 1967, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Thomas Vanek scored for the fifth time in six games, and Luke Adam and Paul Gaustad added third-period goals for Buffalo, which has lost six of nine. Malkin also had two assists, giving him 12 points in five games since Crosby was sidelined again. Malkin moved i...
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