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Kunitz scores 2, powers Penguins past Sharks 5-1

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WILL GRAVES | December 5, 2013 09:45 PM EST | AP


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chris Kunitz scored twice during a four-goal second period and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the San Jose Sharks 5-1 on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory.

Pascal Dupuis, Jayson Megna and Kris Letang also scored for Pittsburgh, which snapped San Jose's six-game winning streak. Sidney Crosby added three assists in his 500th career game to push his point total to an NHL-leading 42.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 44 saves for the Penguins against the league's highest-scoring team. Pittsburgh played without star Evgeni Malkin, scratched after sustaining a lower-body injury during the morning skate.

Tomas Hertl got his 14th goal for San Jose. Antti Niemi made 23 saves but was pulled after two periods, and the Sharks lost in regulation for only the fourth time this season.