ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Evgeni Malkin scored the tying goal during a power play in the third period and Brandon Sutter got the deciding goal in a six-round shootout, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.
Defenceman Deryk Engelland scored in the first period for the Penguins. Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves for his league-leading 33rd victory, after the Penguins rallied twice from one-goal deficits in a showdown between the leaders of the Eastern and Western Conferences.
Corey Perry scored twice for the Ducks and Ryan Getzlaf had two assists, but the Ducks' captain missed a chance to extend the shootout with a shot over the net -- making him 0 for 6 this season in the tiebreaker.
Jonas Hiller had 15 saves, one of them on a breakaway by Sidney Crosby in the first minute of overtime.
The Penguins hold a three-point lead over Boston in the East. The Ducks have a three-point edge over St. Louis in the West and lead the overall standings with a 43-14-7 record.
An SRO crowd of 17,518 squeezed into the 17,174-seat Honda Center, including a very loud contingent of Penguins fans, for Crosby's fourth game in Anaheim during his nine-year career. The NHL's leading scorer, a career-worst minus-5 in Thursday's 5-3 loss at San Jose, didn't have a shot on net until his breakaway.
Malkin got the equalizer with 11:03 left in regulation, beating Hiller to the glove side with a 40-foot wrist shot for his 19th goal while Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri was penalized.
The Ducks grabbed a 2-1 lead early in the second period thanks to some determined forechecking by Perry, who knocked defenceman Brooks Orpik off the puck behind the net.
Palmieri flipped it out in front to Getzlaf, who alertly set up Perry at the edge of the crease in heavy traffic. Perry's 34th goal lifted him to second place in the league, 10 behind Washington's Alex Ovechkin.
Perry opened the scoring 3:54 into the game, converting a rebound of Getzlaf's 35-foot wrist shot. Engelland pulled the Penguins even at 7:47 with their first shot on net, beating a screened Hiller between the pads with a 45-foot slap shot. It was Engelland's sixth goal, one fewer than he had in 187 games over his four previous NHL seasons.
The Penguins had two shots go off the goalpost in the second period -- one by newly acquired Lee Stempniak, the other by James Neal off the crossbar.
NOTES: Crosby and Perry, both league MVPs, 50-goal scorers in a season and Stanley Cup winners, had their seventh head-to-head meeting. Crosby has three goals and four assists, and Perry has six goals and three assists. The Penguins are 5-2 in those games. ... Crosby and Perry both scored in the shootout. ... Anaheim D Luca Sbisa played less than 3 minutes, leaving the game with a lower body injury. ... LW Chris Kunitz, who won Stanley Cups with Anaheim in 2007 and Pittsburgh in 2009, has no points in five games against the Ducks since they traded him to the Penguins in February 2006. ... The Penguins haven't allowed a power play goal in their last six road games and 19 short-handed situations.