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Kunitz’s trick leads Penguins

Associated Press / January 6, 2011

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Chris Kunitz scored three goals, Evgeni Malkin got Pittsburgh going with a goal seven seconds into the game, and the Penguins, playing for the first time since the Winter Classic, beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 8-1, last night.

Alex Goligoski had a goal and three assists and Kris Letang had three helpers as the Penguins ended a two-game losing streak.

Pittsburgh scored four times on its first eight shots to open a 5-0 first-period lead.

Despite all the goals, it was a quiet night for league scoring leaders Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos. Crosby had an assist for the only point between them.

Rangers 2, Hurricanes 1 — Mats Zuccarello scored his first NHL goal 3:09 into overtime and Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves to lift host New York over Carolina.

Zuccarello, a 5-foot-7-inch forward from Norway, scored in his sixth NHL game.

Canucks 3, Flames 1 — Roberto Luongo made 43 saves and host Vancouver extended its winning streak to seven games, breaking a tie for the top spot in the overall standings.

Luongo lost his shutout bid when Tim Jackman scored with 10.8 seconds left.

Stars 4, Blackhawks 2 — Mike Ribeiro broke a tie midway through the second period with his second power-play goal of the game and Dallas beat Chicago on the road.

Ribeiro scored at 9:14 when his shot from the right circle struck defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson’s right knee and caromed over goalie Corey Crawford’s glove.

Predators 4, Ducks 1 — Patric Hornqvist scored in his third straight game, Pekka Rinne made 40 saves, and visiting Nashville won its third straight.

Thrashers 3, Panthers 2 — Rich Peverley scored twice and Ondrej Pavelec made 33 saves as visiting Atlanta won for only the third time in eight games (3-4-1).

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