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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Game Recap: Penguins 5 - Islanders 3

Goaltender John Curry recorded his first NHL win and Evgeni Malkin scored a hat trick as the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame a 3-0 deficit to defeat the New York Islanders 5-3 on Long Island. The Penguins scored five unanswered goals, four in the third period, to win the game. Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists. Brooks Orpik also scored for the Penguins who are 8-1-1 in their last ten games.

It looked bad for the Penguins early on as the Islanders were dominant in the first and for most of the second period. They built a 3-0 lead and chased Dany Sabourin out of the Penguins' net. But the "Cardiac Kids" were not going to let the game end so easily. Orpik scored with just 19 seconds remaining in the second and, in the third, the Penguins were definitely impressive.

During the second intermission someone must have told Evgeni Malkin that Alexander Ovechkin recorded a hat trick tonight because Malkin was unstoppable in the final frame. Crosby opened the third period scoring with a goal from a nice pass by Malkin. Crosby then returned the favour, earning the assists as Malkin scored two goals in under a minute to give the Penguins the lead. Malkin added an empty netter to get the hat trick and seal the victory for the Penguins.

John Curry didn't see much action as the Penguins tightened up and only allowed 11 shots on their rookie goaltender.

The downside for the Penguins is that Maxime Talbot left the game in the first period after taking a shot off of his ankle. His status is currently unknown.

It was a good win for the Pens. It was one of those games where you can just tell the team is going to turn it on at the end. The Penguins still can't play a 60-minute game, but I'd rather see them finish strong than blow a lead and lose in the third. The Penguins have managed 10 come-from-behind victories this season, the most in the NHL.

The Penguins are in Buffalo on Friday to face the Sabres. It's likely that Dany Sabourin will get the start.

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