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Rookie goalie nabs win in Pens' victory

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PITTSBURGH (AP)

Evgeni Malkin scored his 37th goal of the season, Brad Thiessen made 21 saves in his NHL debut and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 on Sunday.

Pascal Dupuis, Kris Letang and Joe Vitale also scored for Pittsburgh, which woke up from a slow start to win for the ninth time in their last 10 home games. Steve Sullivan added a pair of assists as the Penguins completed a weekend sweep of Tampa Bay and Columbus with ease.

Thiessen played well while giving Marc-Andre Fleury a rare day off, showing no jitters against the league's worst team.

Rick Nash scored a short-handed goal in perhaps his final game with Columbus. Vinny Prospal also score for the Blue Jackets but Columbus crumbled in the third period. Curtis Sanford stopped 36 shots but let three goals in during a 10-minute stretch in the third period.

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