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Malkin returns, Lightning lose 5th straight

11:44 PM, Mar 4, 2013   |    comments
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Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Evgeni Malkin returned from a four-game absence to post a goal and an assist as the Pittsburgh Penguins took a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.

Malkin, last year's Hart Trophy winner, had been out due to a concussion he suffered in a game against Florida on Feb. 22, but was back on the ice to help the Penguins to their second straight win.

Sidney Crosby added a goal and an assist while Chris Kunitz and James Neal also scored for Pittsburgh, which got 25 saves from Marc-Andre Fleury.

Steven Stamkos scored twice while Tom Pyatt also scored for the Lightning, who have dropped their past five games.

Mathieu Garon started in net for Tampa but left just 2:19 into the second period with an undisclosed injury. He stopped 12-of-13 shots while Anders Lindback allowed two goals on 18 shots in the loss.

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