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Evgeni Malkin has goal, two assists to lift Penguins past Wild 4-1

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) is checked by Minnesota Wild defenseman Justin Falk (44) during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright) Author: The Hockey News

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Evgeni Malkin has goal, two assists to lift Penguins past Wild 4-1

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Evgeni Malkin continued his strong pre-season with a goal and two assists and the Pittsburgh Penguins had four power-play goals in a 4-1 pre-season win over the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Saturday.

Defenceman Joseph Morrow, Pittsburgh's first-round draft choice, had a goal and an assist, and Pascal Dupuis and Brian Strait also scored for the Penguins, who have won all three of their pre-season games. Pittsburgh's Brad Thiessen made 16 saves.

Eric Nystrom had a third-period goal for the Wild, who had won their first three pre-season games.

Consol Energy Center was filled by thousands of youth hockey players as part of the Penguins' program in which they distributed 18,000 free tickets to area youth.

Malkin missed the final three months of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but the former NHL scoring champion has five points in two pre-season games.

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