Flames snap 4-game skid, beating Penguins 5-4

Penguins activate defenseman Justin Schultz off injured reserve

Penguins activate defenseman Justin Schultz off injured reserve

Two third-period goals on the advantage from Malkin pulled the Penguins within a tying marker of the Flames in a 5-4 loss Saturday.

The penalties the Flames took in the third period against the Penguins weren't great, either, and while the improvements they showed defensively against the Panthers on Thursday were encouraging, the Flames have allowed 12 goals in three games and need to continue tightening things up in their own end.

The Penguins are 30-20-7 and are in fourth place and are tied with the Columbus Blue Jackets in points (67).

But in the locker room after Saturday's win, one thing was clear: Despite all the hand-wringing in the media and among fans during their losing skid, the Flames themselves weren't overly concerned.

When Saturday afternoon comes around, the Pens and Flames will meet for the second and final time this season.

Penguins: Continuing a stretch of four divisional matchups over a five-game span, the Penguins play at New Jersey on Tuesday.

After missing the Penguins' last 53 games, defenseman Justin Schultz has been activated off injured reserve. Each of those was assisted by Crosby, but Crosby could not convert two prime scoring chances in the final minute.

Malkin cut it to 5-3 at 5:42 of the third period with his first goal since January 11, when he scored against the Anaheim Ducks. Flames coach Bill Peters said of the Penguins' late surge. But Johnny Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm and Sean Monahan all had some good moments moments on the trip, and it's probably just a matter of time before they're firing on all cylinders again.

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"We made it a little harder than we would've liked by putting them on the power play".

The puck on the goal credited to Mangiapane - the second of his career - hit at least three sticks after it was shot from the left point by Oliver Kylington.

Frolik gave the Flames a 2-1 lead at 1:39 of the second when he got to a rebound and scored on a backhander. After the Penguins turned the puck over in the neutral zone, Czarnik made it 3-1 with a knuckling shot from the top of the left circle.

Sidney Crosby cut it to 3-2 with a power-play goal from a sharp angle inside the right post at 6:52 of the second.

Hamonic's shot from the right-wing wall hit Guentzel's stick on its way past Murray to make it 4-2 at 16:02 of the second period. "Obviously, it's a good team over there. We wanted to finish this road trip off on a right note here and get two points tonight".

Andrew Mangiapane, Michael Frolik, Austin Czarnik, Travis Hamonic and Sam Bennett scored, and Derek Ryan had three assists for Calgary, which held on after taking a 5-2 lead through two periods. Kessel is the 17th USA -born player to reach that milestone. It had not scored on eight straight chances through its previous five games.

Flames: Calgary will return to the Scotiabank Saddledome for the first time in 11 days when it hosts the Arizona Coyotes on Monday.

Penguins: The Penguins play home games on consecutive days for the second of three times all season, hosting the New York Rangers on Sunday.

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