Crosby, Malkin continue ‘inspiring’ play

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Evgeni Malkin is congratulated after recording his 800th career point on his first period goal. — GETTY

NEWARK, N.J. — With three defensemen out, then a fourth, the Penguins were lifted yet again by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, who combined for five points to defeat the Devils, 5-2, Tuesday night at the Prudential Center.

"Those guys drive this team," Mike Sullivan said afterward. "When they’re playing the type of hockey that they’re playing right now, they’re inspiring. That’s the word that comes to mind. Our top players right now are playing inspiring hockey."