by Tony on 12/03/10 at 02:06 AM ET
UPDATE: With video.
He’s in the zone. He’s en fuego. He’s on a roll.
Whatever the superlative cliche’ you wanna throw out there, it certainly applies to Sidney Crosby right now.
Crosby scored his second consecutive home hat trick, the third goal coming as a result of an absolutely sick backhanded deflection, as the Penguins won their eighth straight game and have now earned points in eleven straight as they’ve now vaulted to the top of the Atlantic Division.
Atlanta actually got on the board first on a power play goal by Bryan Little as they finally stopped the Pens’ penalty killing streak at 32 straight (as I predicted, unfortunately).
After that, it was all Crosby for the next 25 minutes of the game. Crosby scored only 71 seconds after Little’s goal when he took a cross-ice feed from Chris Kunitz that initially Crosby couldn’t settle down. Once it did though, Crosby was able to lift it to the top shelf past Ondrej Pavelec to tie the game at one.
About four minutes into the second period, the Penguins actually took advantage of a long shift by 4th line center Craig Adams. Adams finally got off the ice and was replaced by Crosby, who just so happened to get on the ice as Arron Asham took possession of a loose puck in the Pens’ zone. Asham fed Crosby near the Atlanta blue line, where Crosby then went backhand to the five-hole of Pavelec to make it 2-1 Pens.
Crosby got the hat trick midway through the second as Brooks Orpik waited with the puck on the left point until Crosby got into position. Orpik purposely shot the puck wide left, where Crosby then deflected the puck to his right with his back to the shot and past Pavelec to make it 3-1.
Nik Antropov scored late in the second to make it 3-2, but the Penguins clamped down defensively to preserve the win.
Pens travel to Columbus next on Saturday night.
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