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Vanek scores twice, but Crosby and Pens beat Isles 4-3

Nov 22, 2013, 11:04 PM EDT

All the stars were out between the Islanders and Penguins, but it was Sidney Crosby who wound up with the game-winner as the Pens came away with a 4-3 win.

Pittsburgh jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period thanks to two power-play goals from Chris Kunitz. Vanek cut the Pens lead to 2-1 early in the second, but Evgeni Malkin scored his first goal in 15 games to give the Pens a 3-1 lead.

Things got ugly for the Penguins, however, as turnovers led to goals from Colin McDonald and Vanek’s second that tied it at 3-3.

Late in the third, Sidney Crosby would crush the Isles dreams of coming away with a comeback win in Pittsburgh when he scored his 12th goal of the season with 1:26 left in the game.

On the upside for the Islanders, Vanek’s return was clearly a good thing. He was playing for the first time since missing five games with an upper-body injury. The lesson learned here though is that if you let the Penguins’ best players score goals, you’re probably not going to fare well.

  1. curioustraveler13 - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Tough night for PHT. Pens win 5 comments not a lot of views. Pens lose 48 comments lots of views. Real good game for the pens though. They had their defensive breakdowns yet still didn’t surrender a point to a division foe. Crosby continued his dominance and malkin finally scored! Good to see zatkoff get the win too. Now it’s time to shift focus to Montreal. Hope Douglas Murray doesn’t hurt someone.

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Crosbys like “Yeah my stick broke, but hey I get my 250th career goal!” All smiles of course. LETS GO PENS!!

  3. sfbookreviews - Nov 23, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Not sure why, but no matter what the game-plan is coming in, Pens/Isles games seem to always turn into highly entertaining run and gun affairs. It’s games like this that make me wonder why I loved hockey in the clutch-and-grab era.

  4. tjvalley - Nov 23, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    In a list of priorities for this team a DEFENSEMAN is #1!!!

    • c9castine - Nov 23, 2013 at 2:12 AM

      take your meds.

    • jpelle82 - Nov 23, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      must be talking about the islanders, although i still think goalie would be #1 priority for them.

  5. c9castine - Nov 23, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    i can’t understand why the isles are so low in the standings, other than a lack of much defensive responsibility. they remind me of the Pens in 2007 and 2008. despite popular (mostly outside) opinion pens play solid team defense and have a strong and deep defensive corps, but the isles time and again are able to bust up the coverage and get lots of chances on us. all in all good game the offense is clicking again.

    kunitz continues to silence any olympic doubters. he’s a beast in all areas.

    good observation too, nobody in the posts but some happy pens fans when we win, but all kinds of action when we lose. ill remember that.

  6. bobhpine - Nov 23, 2013 at 4:24 AM

    Fun game to watch, but for some reason the Pens slip back to that up and down pond hockey style against certain teams. The isles bring out the worst in the Pens defensively. They’re lucky to get two points out of tonight. Now it’s time to go back to suffocating other teams with possession and letting up 18 shots in a whole game the way they did against the Caps.

    That said, what a way to get #250. Sid probably would’ve done it in early 2012 if healthy.

  7. ironman721 - Nov 23, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    Good, exciting game. Tip of the hat to the Isles. They are going to be real good, real soon. Let’s Go Pens!

  8. cheesesteak75 - Nov 23, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    I feel bad for Kunitz all of those people who tossed their hats after what looked like Kunitz’s 3rd goal. The way he has been playing it would have been great for him to get a natural hat trick.

  9. steelers88 - Nov 23, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    How do you think the Penguins need another defenseman. The Pens defense has been playing great all year and that’s with Rob Scuderri out. The Penguins aren’t just a superstar show anymore bit they also are very physical know as well.

    • killerpgh - Nov 23, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      He could of been (and probably was) talking about the the Isles.

  10. csilojohnson - Nov 23, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    It was a hat trick. Horrible call. Awful officiating all around in that game.

  11. joey4id - Nov 23, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    I never get enough of watching talent. Be it the Pens, Hawks, Blues, etc. it’s not the Pens lack of offensive talent that is stopping them from winning another cup. Bylsma and the Pens are T a critical junction in their quest for another Championship. This has got to be Bylsam’s last chance to make it happen. Otherwise it’s time for changes.

    • curioustraveler13 - Nov 23, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      Do you know how many things have to go right win a Stanley cup? To say this is bylsma’s “last chance” is one of the stupidest things iv ever read. Say he takes them to the ECF and loses again who do you replace him with? How come the red wings haven’t fired Babcock yet? He hasn’t won a cup since 2008. You don’t fire someone just because they couldn’t deliver the worlds hardest trophy to win. Comments like this is why people feel pens fans are arrogant and entitled.

      • c9castine - Nov 23, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        Thank you. I dont even needt to say just said it .all for me

      • joey4id - Nov 23, 2013 at 4:48 PM

        Firstly. I’m not a Pens fan. Secondly, the wings are rebuilding whereas the Pens have all the ingredients to go all the way. They’ve been getting knocked out of the playoffs too early, and the stars underperformed. Thirdly, yes! I know that many things have to go right for a team to win the cup. I also know that every owner, GM, coach, player etc… ultimately want to win the cup. You don’t build teams to not win the cup. Unfortunately, the coach is often the one to go when a team falls short of the expectations. The Pens mgmt, or any other team’s mgmt should have their sights set on the cup from the get go. For some teams it’s a matter of years, for others they can aspire to the cup immediately. Do you think Roy and Sakic don’t have a plan to win the cup? They have a view of the championship and have laid out a plan. The Pens are there. On paper they have the ingredients to make it happen.

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