Red-Hot Penguins Rake Leafs

Malkin has first career hat trick, rookie goalkeeper improves to 6-0-0
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Jan 4, 2008 5:43 AM CST
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Ty Conkiln, left, deflects a third period shot as Toronto Maple Leafs' Jason Blake (55) looks on with Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, right, during NHL hockey action in Pittsburgh,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Ty Conklin, the rookie called up to plug a gaping injury-induced hole at goalie for Pittsburgh, should have been a liability; instead, he is undefeated in seven appearances, and the Penguins made it five straight wins with a 6-2 drubbing of Toronto. Second-year star Evgeni Malkin had half the goals for his first career hat trick.

Maple Leafs netminder Scott Clemmensen, himself a replacement for the injured Vesa Toskala, took the loss, stopping just 18 shots of 24. The Pens clinched the game with their third, fourth, and fifth goals in a 48-second sequence in the third period—after winger Jarkko Ruutu fired up his team by picking a fight with Darcy Tucker.