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Friday, November 21, 2008

Game Recap: Penguins 3 - Thrashers 2

The Pittsburgh Penguins won their eighth game out of the last nine last night as they defeated the Atlanta Thrashers 3-2. The game winning goal was scored by Petr Sykora with less than three minutes remaining in the game.

The highlight of the night was definitely Crosby's goal in the second period. After some questionable actions behind the net that could have resulted in a Tyler Kennedy penalty, the puck was dished to Crosby who scored in dramatic fashion while falling to the ice.

Dany Sabourin was solid in net, especially during the third period. He made several key saves, including a near breakaway chance from Ilya Kovalchuk. Fleury will likely miss another few games, so it's good to see that Sabouin can hold he fort until then.

Crosby had a great game, adding two assists to the goal he scored. Whatever mini slump he went through earlier in the season was likely related to his injury and since then he has really turned it on. Evgeni Malkin hasn't been the same force he was earlier over the last couple of games, but he's still playing good hockey.

Matt Cooke and Tyler Kennedy are definite assets to this team. They bring the hard work and physicality that are necessary to win games.

Overall it was quite the good game. The Penguins haven't really dominated anyone this season, but they are finding ways to win. They're still a few steps away from being Stanley Cup contenders but it's only November and they're in the good place right now. They've gotten points in every game this month and they're getting better every game. It was also good to see them win a game in regulation after seeing so many end up in overtime.

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