Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 3/11/12

James Neal and All-Star Evgeni Malkin secured their respective milestones amid three-point performances as the host Pittsburgh Penguins posted their season-best ninth straight victory by dumping the Boston Bruins 5-2.

The pair assisted on defenseman Matt Niskanen's first-period tally for Neal's 200th career point and Malkin's 500th. Neal finished with one goal and two assists and Malkin notched three helpers for the Penguins, who improved to 21-4-1 since Jan. 13 and pulled to within two points of the New York Rangers for first place in both the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. The Rangers host the New York Islanders later on Sunday.

Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 34 shots, Chris Kunitz netted his 20th goal and Arron Asham and Pascal Dupuis also tallied in the win.

After Asham opened the scoring 3:24 into the contest, Niskanen doubled the advantage nearly four minutes later with a blast from the point which glanced off Neal and past Tim Thomas.

With Pittsburgh on a 5-on-3 power play, Neal gave Pittsburgh a 3-0 lead with 1:12 left in the first session. Malkin skated into the offensive zone and wired a cross-slot feed to Neal, who quickly wristed a shot past Thomas for his 31st goal.

David Krejci scored twice in the second period with Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin collected the assists. Thomas stopped seven of 10 shots before being pulled in favor of fellow veteran Marty Turco, who made his debut to start the session.

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