AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityPetr Sykora scored twice and had an assist in his Pittsburgh home debut and the Penguins twice scored goals only seconds apart in a 5-4 victory over road-weary Stanley Cup champion Ducks on Saturday night. In an unusual twist created by the Ducks’ long trip to London to split two games with the Kings last weekend, the Penguins’ first home game was the Ducks’ fifth – and third in four nights – all of them home openers for the opposing team. The Ducks lost in a shootout Wednesday at Detroit before looking visibly fatigued in a 4-0 loss Friday at Columbus. Asked what the Ducks would do on the long flight home, defenseman Chris Pronger said, “Sleep. We’re too tired to get angry.” The Ducks played much better against Pittsburgh but, with a 1-3-1 record, are off to a bad start a year after they began 12-0-4 and 20-2-6 before eventually winning the Stanley Cup. They finally play their home opener Wednesday against Boston. They’re playing short-handed, too, without injured goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere and defenseman Mathieu Schneider and without two stars from the Cup team, defenseman Scott Niedermayer and forward Teemu Selanne. Each is weighing retirement. Jonas Hiller, who started, is the Ducks’ No. 3 goalie, behind Giguere and Ilja Bryzgalov. “We’ll be better when we get our group together,” Coach Randy Carlyle said. Sykora, a longtime Penguins antagonist while with New Jersey, put Pittsburgh up, 4-3, by putting in a rebound of Georges Laraque’s shot in front at 13:32 of the third. After the ensuing faceoff, Sidney Crosby – getting his first point in two games – beat defenseman Chris Pronger to the puck and found Ryan Malone in the slot for Pittsburgh’s second goal in 19 seconds. “I couldn’t ask for a better start at home,” said Sykora, who signed with the youthful Penguins to give them an experienced, Cup-winning scoring threat. “Georges made a great play, he crashed the net and really opened it up for me.” The Penguins, the NHL’s third highest-scoring team last season, scored only 20 seconds apart in the second period as Colby Armstrong and Evgeni Malkin each beat Hiller to make it 3-2. Malkin had a goal and an assist and Gary Roberts had two assists. “Everyone was motivated to play these guys,” Crosby said as the Penguins followed up a season-opening, 4-1 loss at Carolina on Friday. “They’re the champions, and we were all up for this game, playing Anaheim and it’s the home opener.” The Ducks, obviously not wanting to go home after such a long trip with so little to show for it, controlled much of the play early and took a 2-1 lead about 1 minutes into the second period on Ryan Getzlaf’s shot from the slot.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NHL: Sykora scores twice to lead Pittsburgh to win. By Alan Robinson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PITTSBURGH – With so many scorers, the Pittsburgh Penguins are capable of putting up a lot of goals in a short time. The dead-tired Ducks found that out – twice – as they ended a two-continent, two-week road trip.