Morrow's 2 goals send Pens past Panthers 3-1
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Brenden Morrow scored two goals to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday.
Kris Letang also scored for Pittsburgh and Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves. Morrow also had an assist.
Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin missed the game with an upper body injury. The Penguins were also without Sidney Crosby, who is out indefinitely with a broken jaw.
The Penguins won for the 19th time in 21 games. The Panthers have lost three of their past four.
Scottie Upshall scored for Florida and Jacob Markstrom stopped 19 shots.
Trailing 2-0, the Panthers closed to 2-1 on a goal by Upshall in the second. After his initial shot was blocked, Upshall charged the net and was able to poke in the rebound at 4:10.
Morrow added an empty-netter with 21 seconds left.
Pittsburgh scored two goals in the first period.
The Penguins took a 1-0 lead on Letang's goal. Morrow brought the puck out from behind the net to Beau Bennett, who passed from the right circle out to Letang. His slap shot from just inside the blue line got past Markstrom at 14:49.
Morrow's first goal of the game gave the Penguins a 2-0 lead. He poked the puck from behind the goal line at the side of the net and it bounced off Markstrom and across the goal line at 18:27.
According to STATS, the Penguins are 24-13-5 since 2008 without both Crosby and Malkin in the lineup.
Notes: This season the Penguins are 15-4 when either Malkin or Crosby are out of the game. ... Panthers D Mike Weaver returned after missing 20 games with a lower body injury. ... F Peter Mueller, who didn't travel to Winnipeg for Thursday's game due to the pending birth of his baby, started Saturday's game.
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