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Penguins 3, Ducks 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

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Penguins 3, Ducks 1
Anaheim Ducks 1, Pittsburgh Penguins 3

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Unable to overcome an early two-goal deficit, the Ducks road trip got off to a rocky start with a 3-1 defeat to the Penguins at Mellon Arena.

Matt Cooke scored twice in a 43-second span, as the Sidney Crosby-less Penguins handed Anaheim their fourth loss in five games.

Ryan Getzlaf had the lone goal for the Ducks, who have won only two of their past 10 away from Honda Center.

Hal Gill also scored, and Evgeni Malkin had two assists for the Penguins, who had lost eight of their previous 10 and were without Crosby for the first time this season. Crosby was injured - apparently his left knee - late in a 6-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.

Playing without nine regulars due to injury for most of the game - three players besides Crosby were knocked out of the game against Washington, and defenseman Brooks Orpik left during the second period Friday due to an undisclosed ailment - Pittsburgh dressed five players who had played in 11 NHL games or fewer this season before Friday.

Cooke, normally a third-line grinder, skated on the top line next to NHL scoring leader Malkin and posted the seventh two-goal game of his 10-year career.

Cooke scored his sixth of the season on a wraparound with 20.3 seconds to play in the first, Malkin giving Cooke the puck before he banked it off the far post from the left of Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Twenty-three seconds into the second, Cooke struck again off of passes from Ryan Whitney and Malkin.

The Ducks aren't without their own injury issues, down four regulars themselves - including star Teemu Selanne. Getzlaf scored on the power play 14:38 into the second off a rush into the zone by Scott Niedermayer and a pretty cross-slot set-up by rookie Bobby Ryan.

Defenseman Gill scored his first of the season - 30th of his 11-season career - with 4:55 to play when Jordan Staal won the faceoff back to him at the left point and his slap shot got through.

Crosby had missed 34 of the Penguins' previous 316 games - including playoffs - since he arrived as a rookie in 2005. Twenty-nine of those came last season when he had a high-ankle sprain, three the season before due to a groin injury and one during his rookie season (flu).

Notes: With his goal in the game, Ryan Getzlaf extended his points streak to eight games... Malkin has a four-game points streak. ... Cooke's previous two-goal game was Jan. 5, 2007, in Edmonton.

scoring summary
1st Period
Matt Cooke (6) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (50), Hal Gill (3)
1 - 0 PIT
2nd Period
Matt Cooke (7) ASST: Ryan Whitney (4), Evgeni Malkin (51)
2 - 0 PIT
PPG - Ryan Getzlaf (17) ASST: Bobby Ryan (15), Scott Niedermayer (22)
2 - 1 PIT
3rd Period
Hal Gill (1) ASST: Jordan Staal (11)
3 - 1 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
Nathan McIver  Fighting (maj) against  Paul Bissonnette
Paul Bissonnette  Fighting (maj) against  Nathan McIver
2nd Period
Brendan Morrison  Slashing against  Ryan Whitney
Travis Moen  Roughing against  Evgeni Malkin
Hal Gill  Roughing against  Bobby Ryan
Alex Goligoski  Holding against  Rob Niedermayer
3rd Period
Ryan Getzlaf  Hooking against  Jordan Staal
Tyler Kennedy  Too many men/ice - bench
Philippe Boucher  Holding against  Travis Moen
Corey Perry  Roughing against  Evgeni Malkin
Evgeni Malkin  Roughing against  Corey Perry
goalie stats
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 24TOI: 58:06
Saves: 21EV: 11 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .875SH: 1 - 1
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 22TOI: 60:00
Saves: 21EV: 18 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
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