Columbus Blue Jackets\' Nate Guenin, right, gets the puck away from Pittsburgh Penguins\' Evgeni Malkin, of Russia, in the second period of the preseason NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Evgeni Malkin scored his first goal of the exhibition season to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Saturday night.
Malkin deflected a puck past Columbus goalie Steve Mason at 2:47 of the third period to give Pittsburgh its first lead. Arron Asham and Pascal Dupuis also scored for Pittsburgh (3-0).
The Penguins paired star centres Sidney Crosby and Malkin on the same top line for most of the game. Malkin, a centre in his previous four NHL seasons, worked the right wing.
Defenceman Michael Ratchuck scored for Columbus (1-3), roofing a backhand shot past Marc-Andre Fleury.
Fleury finished with 32 saves, and Mason stopped 25 shots.
On Friday night in Columbus, the Penguins beat the Blue Jackets 5-4.