Game recaps, plus the latest on Evgeni Malkin, Pekka Rinne, Steve Downie, Darren Helm and more.

NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.

Marc-Andre Fleury makes one of his 44 saves against the Sharks.

Marc-Andre Fleury makes one of his 44 saves against the Sharks.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Marc-Andre Fleury kicked out 44 shots while Sidney Crosby had three assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins downed the San Jose Sharks 5-1. The Penguins got the win without Evgeni Malkin, who is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury suffered during practice on Thursday.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: A late goal by defenseman Marco Scandella lifted the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. The win gives the Wild a 12-3-2 record on home ice this season.

STLTODAY.COM: Power-play goals by David Backes, Derek Roy and Jay Bouwmeester carried the St. Louis Blues to a 5-1 win over the hapless NY Islanders.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rick Nash scored on a breakaway and Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves as the New York Rangers downed the Buffalo Sabres 3-1.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Jeff Skinner’s hat trick powered the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators, who learned goalie Pekka Rinne will continue rehabbing his surgically repaired hip until December 20.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fortunately for the Predators, rookie goalie Marek Mazanec has done a good job filling in for Rinne, despite the loss to the Predators on Thursday.

PHILLY.COM: An unexpected benefit from the Flyers reacquiring Steve Downie is the positive effect he’s had upon young center Sean Couturier.

MLIVE.COM: Red Wings forward Darren Helm (shoulder injury) will be sidelined a week, but veteran Todd Bertuzzi has returned after missing six games to an upper-body injury.

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: The Anaheim Ducks have recalled David Steckel and Emerson Etem.

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