by Tony on 12/12/08 at 01:53 AM ET
Hockey sure is a strange game.
One night after absolutely nothing was going right for the Penguins in a 4-1 loss to the Devils, everything went right in a 9-2 win over the Islanders at the Igloo tonight.
Petr Sykora, after 44 unsuccessful tries, FINALLY got his 1st NHL hat trick, along with Pascal Dupuis, as the Penguins had one of those nights where everything was going in the net early on, then coasted later.
John Curry made his 1st home start for the Penguins and played a solid game, stopping 24 of 26 shots.
Dupuis started off the scoring with a blistering slapper from the left boards that Isles’ starting goalie Joey MacDonald got a glove on but couldn’t stop, as the puck trickled over the goalline to make it 1-0 Penguins about six minutes into the game.
About seven minutes later, the Penguins doubled their lead on the powerplay as Sidney Crosby’s cross-ice feed found Miro Satan, who made a nice forehand/backhand stickhandle to put the puck in the net making it 2-0.
The Islanders cut the lead to 2-1 on their own powerplay as Mark Streit fired a hard slapper from the right boards that Curry couldn’t stop and into the net.
But that was short-lived, as only 11 seconds later Evgeni Malkin fed the puck to Sykora on the right slot for the one-timer that trickled past Macdonald again to make it 3-1 Pens.
Only 39 seconds later Philippe Boucher fired a seemingly harmless wrister from the right point that deflected off Mike Sillinger’s skick and past Macdonald making it 4-1.
The second period started just like the first, as Malkin fed Alex Goligoski for a one-timer from the slot. New goalie Jann Danis stopped the initial shot, but Malkin was there for the rebound to put it in the net, making it now 5-1.
Later in the second back on the powerplay Goligoski on the left boards fed Sykora in the slot again and he got another puck past Danis to make it 6-1.
The big moment in the game came again on the powerplay with about four minutes remaining in the second when Crosby on the right boards fed Sykora for a nice wrister one-timer past Danis to get the hat trick monkey off his back to make it 7-1 Pens.
The Pens made it 8-1 late in the second when Jordan Staal brought the puck deep in the Isles’ zone and wrapped around a pass in front of Danis where Dupuis was waiting for the easy one-timer.
The third period saw both teams playing out the string, with the Islanders, as you would expect, taking some frustration penalties.
The Isles got their second goal of the game when Andy Sutton fired a wrister that got past Curry to make it 8-2.
Dupuis closed out the scoring with his 1st hat trick when Matt Cooke made a nice backhanded centering feed. Dupuis grabbed the puck and made a nice forehand/backhand move past Danis to make it 9-2.
- The powerplay ended up going 3 for 11.
- Hidden in Sykora and Dupuis’ hat tricks, Crosby and Satan had 3 points, while Rob Scuderi, Staal, Goligoski, Cooke and Malkin all had two points each.
- Incredible in a 9-2 game, but Jeff Taffe actually finished with an -1. Dupuis led the Penguins with a +4.
The Penguins will now travel to Philly for another afternoon game on Saturday against the Flyers.
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