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Malkin’s hat trick propels Penguins over Isles, 5-3

Scary.  Sick.  Possessed.

You name the adjective, but it certainly is a sight to see when Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby collectively turn it up a notch.

And that they did, overcoming a 3-1 third period deficit with four goals, including Malkin’s natural hat trick, to defeat the Islanders 5-3 at Nassau Coliseum.

John Curry came in relief of Dany Sabourin and got his 1st NHL win with 11 saves on as many shots.  Sabourin really didn’t play that bad at all, as all three goals he gave up were kinda fluky, but HCMT pulled him to generate a spark.

Until that point, the Penguins had been playing a rather sluggish game.  Conversely, the Islanders had been the more aggressive team, combined with the aforementioned fortunate bounces of the puck for the 3-0 second period lead.

Doug Weight started the scoring for the Isles on the powerplay when he grabbed his own rebound and poked the puck off Sabourn’s skate and into the net making it 1-0 Islanders.  Trent Hunter doubled the Isles’ lead only 70 seconds later when he took advantage of a bouncing puck that went over the stick of Kris Letang and backhanded a shot past Sabourin to make it 2-0 Islanders.  The Islanders made it 3-0 midway through the second period back on the powerplay when Bill Guerin hit a knuckleball that fluttered past Sabourin, and that was the end of his night.

Brooks Orpik whittled that lead to 3-1 with only 19 seconds remaining in the second period when his slapper from the center point deflected off Weight’s skate and past Joey MacDonald.

The Penguins started their seemingly regular third period comeback when Malkin took Letang’s pass down the left boards and fired a centering pass to a wide-open Crosby and past Macdonald to cut the Isles lead to 3-2.

Crosby started the play that eventually tied the game with about nine minutes left in regulation.  Crosby skated the puck into the Isles’ zone, then passed to Malkin who somehow skated in all alone to the goal, where he fired a wrister past Macdonald to tie the game at three apiece.

Only 50 seconds later the Penguins took their first lead of the game, when Crosby stole the puck from Andy Sutton and made a sprawling backhanded pass to the diving Malkin, who one-timed the puck past MacDonald to make it 4-3 Pens.

Malkin’s empty netter with 18 seconds left gave him the hat trick and sealed the Pens’ win.

Other notes;

- Malkin was a beast the entire game, including defensively, just absolutely dominant tonight.
- Max Talbot was struck by a puck in his left foot in the first period and didn’t return.
- Crosby had another goal disallowed when it was determined that he made contact with the goaltender and therefore the goal didn’t count.
- The powerplay went 0 for 3, but they were moving with and without the puck much better, getting several quality shots on net.
- Both Crosby and Malkin were both +4, Guerin was -4.
- Crosby led in ice time for the Pens at 24:39.

The Pens will now head to Buffalo for Thanksgiving and will face the Sabres on Friday night.

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