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Nov 27, 2012 10:06pm
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PITTSBURGH —Alexander Radulov bailed on the Nashville Predators four years ago
to become the best player in his native Russia. Robert Griffin III Youth Jersey . In Radulovs
return to the NHL, countryman Evgeni Malkin left little doubt whos the best
player in the world. Malkin scored twice to push his league-leading point total
to 95 and the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched a playoff berth with a 5-1 victory
over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night. “Hes unbelievable,” Radulov
said. At the moment, so are the Penguins. Chris Kunitz, Matt Cooke and
Pascal Dupuis also scored and James Neal had four assists to help Pittsburgh
pull within a point of the New York Rangers for the top spot in the Eastern
Conference with nine games remaining. The Penguins have won nine straight games
at Consol Energy Center and finished 13-2-3 against the Western Conference this
season, the best mark by an Eastern Conference team against the West this
season. Pittsburgh wouldnt play a West opponent again until the Stanley Cup
Finals. Its hardly out of the question. “If we keep playing this way, good
things are going to happen,” Neal said. The Penguins are streaking even with
captain Sidney Crosby easing his way back into things after missing 40 games
with concussion-like symptoms. Crosby failed to score a goal for the 12th time
in the 13 games hes played this season, though it hardly mattered.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves for his NHL-leading 40th victory, passing
Nashvilles Pekka Rinne on a night the Predators goaltender wasnt at his best.
Rinne misplayed a knuckling slapshot from Malkin less than 90 seconds into the
game and couldnt stop Dupuis deflection less than 3 minutes later while losing
his second straight start. “It rough start and same thing in second period, a
quick goal for them and that was the game pretty much,” Rinne said. Nashville
hopes Radulov will take some of the pressure off the always busy Rinne as the
franchise gears up for the post-season. The talented 25-year-old left the
Predators after the 2007-08 season to go home to Russia, where he won two MVPs
and one title while playing for the KHLs Salavat Yulayev Ufa. Radulov re-wrote
the KHL record book—hes the leagues career goals leader—before Nashville
general manager David Poile lured him back to the team that took him in the
first round of the 2004 draft. He made an immediate impact, scoring his first
NHL regular-season goal since March 20, 2008, when he beat Fleury on a rebound
midway through the second. “For all (Radulov) has gone through in the last 10-12
days, he hasnt skated a lot, I thought he was fine,” Nashville coach Barry Trotz
said. “For a guy who hasnt played over here for four years, I thought he was
OK.” While Radulov finding the back of the net was a welcome sign, all it did
was cut Pittsburghs lead to 4-1. The Predators had opportunities to make things
interesting but whiffed on at least three shots into a wide-open net. “We just
had to bury those,” Radulov said. “If we did that, it was a completely different
game. We didnt and they buried their chances. Its hard to win when you only
score one goal.” Particularly when youre playing the NHLs highest scoring team.
Cooke continued his transformation from agitator to contributor when he took a
deft drop pass from Neal early in the second to push the lead to 3-0. Kunitz
added his 22nd later in the period when his crossing pass attempt directed at
Crosby deflected off Nashville defenceman Shea Webers skate and into the net.
Radulovs goal proved but a footnote. Malkins second goal of the night and 45th
of the season early in the third period pushed his league-leading point total to
95 as he closes in on the Art Ross Trophy awarded to the NHLs leading scorer.
Trotz isnt sure thats the only hardware Malkin will place on his mantle. “If I
had to vote today, theres no question hed be the MVP for me,” Trotz said. “I
just saw him once up close and he was great.” Malkin may even have an outside
shot at chasing down Tampa Bays Steven Stamkos for the goal title. He trails
Stamkos by five goals but now has five goals in his last two games. Its not
something Malkin is thinking about, though Crosby believes theres enough time
for Malkin to do it. “I think now that hes this close Im sure its something that
hes aware of,” Crosby said. “I dont think he has to force anything. The way hes
playing hes going to get chances to get goals.” NOTES: Pittsburgh is 14-1 in its
last 15 home games. ... Nashville was the last NHL team to play in Pittsburghs
new building. The Predators previous visit came just before the 2010 Olympic
break when the Penguins played at the Civic Arena. ... Pittsburgh travels to
Ottawa on Saturday, while Nashville hosts Winnipeg. Santana Moss Jersey . Doe signed with the
Blue Bombers in August and appeared in three games last season, registering two
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. Through five games with the 51s (the Jays Triple-A affiliate), Lind is hitting
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first base and DH. London Fletcher Womens Jersey . The move,
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completed a three-game sweep. Batting .331 and setting the table for Detroits
power hitters, Jackson has been out since he got hurt on a swing May 16. Alfred Morris Womens Jersey . The contract is
a two-year deal and Richardson will be joined by assistant coach Steve Stirling
and video coach Matt Meacham. Richardson has spent the last three seasons as an
assistant coach with his hometown Ottawa Senators.The Toronto Maple
Leafs selected Morgan Rielly with the number five pick in the 2012 NHL Entry
Draft. The six-foot, 190-pound defenceman missed most of the 2011-12 season with
the WHLs Moose Jaw Warriors because a torn ACL, but still collected 18 points
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