Sheary’s Late Goal Lifts Penguins Past Panthers, 4-3

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SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) – Conor Sheary scored a power-play goal with 2:53 left to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.

Sheary backhanded the puck past James Reimer.

Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist, and Sidney Crosby and Carter Rowney also scored for the Penguins. Matthew Murray stopped 28 shots, and Phil Kessell had two assists.

MacKenzie Weegar scored his first NHL goal and Aleksander Barkov and Jamie McGinn also scored for the Panthers. Reimer, who came in to relieve an injured Robert Luongo with 15:14 left in the third, made 11 stops.

Luongo made 33 saves before he left with a hand injury. He was hurt when Sheary backed into him, forcing his right hand hard against the post.

The Panthers tied it at 3 on Weegar’s goal with 10:41 left. Weegar shot from the point and beat Murray.

Crosby’s power-play goal put the Penguins ahead 3-2. He redirected a pass from Malkin past Luongo at 11:12 of the second. Crosby has goals in three consecutive games.

Trailing 2-0, Pittsburgh scored two goals in 27 seconds in the second period.

The Penguins closed to 2-1 on Malkin’s goal power-play goal. Malkin took a pass from Kessel and slid the puck past Luongo at 2:14

Rowney tied it after the puck bounced off defenseman Michael Haley’s skate.

The Penguins took 22 shots in the second, a season high.

The Panthers scored two goals in a 1:34 span in the first.

The Panthers took a 1-0 lead 4:15 in, the first time the Panthers scored the opening goal of the game this season. McGinn poked in a rebound on Murray’s stick side.

Barkov stretched the lead to 2-0 when he scored his first goal of the season. Keith Yandle passed from the high slot to Barkov low in the right circle. His angled shot snuck between Murray’s glove and the post at 5:49.

Notes: Crosby has goals in five straight games against the Panthers (eight total) and 17 points in his last nine games against them. … Penguins D Zach Trotman was recalled from WilkesBarre/Scranton of the AHL on Thursday but was scratched Friday. … Weegar made his first appearance of the season for the Panthers after being a healthy scratch the first five games.

UP NEXT:

Penguins: At Tampa Bay on Saturday night.

Panthers: At Washington on Saturday night.

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