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Two days after a 6-2 lackluster effort in Ottawa, the Penguins got another healthy body back in the lineup and started to regain some of their form tonight with a 3-2 win over the Thrashers at Philips Arena.
That ultra-sniper Martin Skoula scored twice for the Penguins (sarcasm), while Evgeni Malkin had the other tally. Chris Thorburn and Maxim Afinogenov scored for Atlanta.
The Pens welcomed back defenseman Brooks Oprik back to the ice, while Pens’ announcer Paul Steigerwald mentioned that Tyler Kennedy practiced with the team with contact and might be back in the lineup Monday night at Florida.
The one aspect of the Penguins’ play since the coaching change to Dan Bylsma that had not improved continued to be their terribly disappointing powerplay.
Over the last couple of games, they finally started to make a tweak or two, and tonight at the Igloo they broke out for three powerplay goals in a 6-2 thrashing of the Atlanta Thrashers. Evgeni Malkin had five points, including two goals, for the Pens, while Sergei Gonchar added four.
The Penguins win, combined with the Flyers’ 3-2 loss to Detroit tonight, gives them 84 points and a tie with Philly for 4th place in the Eastern Conference, although the Flyers still have three games in hand.
The Pens improved to 11-1-3 under IHCDB.
For one game at least, the Penguins didn’t have a game filled with shots clanging off the posts, the powerplay throwing goose egg after goose egg, and a poor goaltending performance.
All of that adds up to a desperately needed 3-1 win over the just as desperate Atlanta Thrashers tonight at the Igloo.
Petr Sykora had two goals and Evgeni Malkin had three assists for the Penguins, who broke a five game losing streak with the win.
Thrashers at Penguins, 7:30 PM ET, Mellon Arena
Thrashers, 13-22-5, 31 pts, 14th in Eastern Conference
Penguins, 19-17-4, 42 pts, 9th in Eastern Conference
Well, obviously, the Penguins needed that four day break after a sluggish 6-3 loss in Philadelphia last Saturday vs. the Flyers.
That, and playing their first game after the break against the Atlanta Thrashers didn’t hurt either.
The Pens headed down to Hotlanta tonight, got their #1 goalie back, and played a pretty decent game in topping the Thrashers 6-3.
Evgeni Malkin had 2 goals and 4 points, while Marc-Andre Fleury had a solid return in goal for the Penguins, holding off significant pressure from the Thrashers in both the 1st and 3rd periods.
Penguins at Thrashers, 7 PM ET, Philips Arena
Penguins, 16-10-4, 36 pts., 7th in Eastern Conference
Thrashers, 10-16-4, 24 pts, 13th in Eastern Conference
Sorry for the tardiness in gettng this out. It happens.
The Penguins just kept on truckin’ on Thursday night at a sparse Philips Arena, getting a late third period powerplay goal from Petr Sykora, extending the Pens’ point streak to eight games with a 3-2 win.
Gotta give the Thrashers props right off the bat, they played quite the inspired game and frankly had numerous great scoring opportunities to steal one from the Penguins, but Dany Sabourin once again was outstanding.
Penguins at Thrashers, 7PM ET, Philips Arena
Penguins, 11-4-3, 25 pts., 4th in Eastern Conference
Thrashers, 7-8-2, 16 pts, T-11th in Eastern Conference