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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Game Recap: Penguins 3 - Thrashers 1


"The Pittsburgh Penguins have won a hockey game!"

It will never be one of the great lines in Pittsburgh sports history, but hearing Paul Steigerwald say those words last night was definitely a relief.

The Pittsburgh Penguins broke a lot of horrible streaks last night. They won a game for the first time in six tries. They also broke a five game losing streak at home. And their power play, which has not scored in its last 33 attempts, netted them two goals.

Marc-Andre Fleury had a very solid game for the Penguins as well, stopping 27 of 28 Atlanta shots including many great chances.

Unfortunately it was not all good news for the Penguins. They were again unable to put together a full 60-minute effort, as the Thrashers came on strong in the third period. They cut the Penguins lead to two with an Ilya Kovalchuk goal and then Fleury held them in the rest of the game.

In addition, both Ruslan Fedotenko and Pascal Dupuis left the game with injuries and did not return. Dupuis left the ice for reasons that are still unclear. Fedotenko looked to injure his hand during a first period fight with former Penguin Colby Armstrong.

Speaking of Armstrong, he was all over the ice last night, even tackling his best friend Sidney Crosby at one point.

The Penguins play another "must-win" game on Thursday night in Atlanta.

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