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Crosby’s two goals extend Isles’ skid to seven games

Dec 3, 2013, 10:07 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby scored the last two goals of Tuesday’s game against the New York Islanders, including the overtime game-winner that extended the Isles’ skid to seven games (while giving Pittsburgh four wins in a row).

Here’s the game-tying goal:

And then there is Crosby’s game-winner:

Evgeni Malkin generated a nice night of his own, assisting on two goals. Malkin now has a ridiculous 16-game point streak, with 27 in that span (four goals, 23 assists).

Islanders fans can blame plenty of people, but Kyle Okposo (two goals) and John Tavares (two assists) probably shouldn’t be on that list. One might argue that Anders Nilsson earned a start or two from struggling goalie Kevin Poulin, as Nilsson put up respectable numbers (31 out of 34 saves).

It’s hard to imagine things getting better for the Islanders, who only have four wins since Nov. 1 (two of which came via shootouts). They face a five-game road trip against playoff-caliber Western Conference teams starting on Thursday … so things could get even uglier.

  1. pens87 - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    A fun game to watch. Nice the pens were able to get the comeback going after what really was a terrible first two periods, and Sids last goal was quite nice. I’ll just get this out of the way though…yes I agree that the officiating was poor. Yes I agree Letang should have been called for flat out tripping Vanek twice late in the third.

    But hopefully this matchup can continue to be as entertaining as it’s been since last years playoffs…although I hate to say the islanders seem to bring out the worst in Fleury and our defense.

    • chanceoffleury - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      Pens-Isles has been entertaining LONG before last years playoffs. The Islanders play a fun style to watch and the Pens always take the bait instead of making the Isles play the Pens game. Tonight was no different! Like I’ve said before, if there’s 3 teams I hope the Pens avoid at all costs in the playoffs it is Philly, Toronto, and the Isles. Those 3 just seem to know how to crack the code of getting the Pens off their game. Hats off to those teams but I hope thy don’t see you in the playoffs!!

  2. islesjb - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    BALLS- that is all

    • hockey412 - Dec 4, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      Balls indeed, sir…balls indeed. :)

  3. steelers88 - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    The thing I really loved about this is when Fleury let up that bad goal he didn’t let that one goal bother him. I think in the past if Fleury let in that type of goal he would have had a meltdown and imploded. I think the difference this year is Fleury is mentally tough. He didn’t let that one bad goal snowball into a couple of bad goals. I know he still has to prove himself in the Playoffs but to me he looks like a different goalie. To me he looks like the Fleury from 2009.

  4. c1md6 - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    The pens get 1000 power play opportunities after being out played by the isles, hmm this sounds familiar….

    • hazlydose - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:30 PM

      The refs were awful tonight and did not make a lot of calls that led to the game getting out of hand.

      • c1md6 - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:40 PM

        Which is why the whole league hates the pens, for one, they were on the verge of being the Kansa City penguins because they were bankrupt from lack of fan support and now all of a sudden have “diehard” fans everywhere. And two, whenever you play those babies you’re not only playing a team I’m black and yellow, you’re also playing the team in black and white stripes. What a joke, of it wasn’t for all the power plays they get on a nightly basis they would’ve been bounced first round by the isles because 5 on 5 the islanders where the better team just like tonight.

      • hazlydose - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        Wow, you anti-pens guys are almost as bad as our bandwagon fans. I’m a pens fan agreeing with you that the refs were awful and you go off on a anti-penguin tirade. Pens are actually middle of the pack in powerplay opportunities and that’s partially because they have played the most games of anyone in the league. Leading the league in power play opportunities? The almighty NHL-backed Florida Panthers. Those damn babies and their superstars getting all those penalties! Take off the anti-penguin blinders

        Yes the refs were awful tonight, and they missed calls for each team. It happens, sometimes the refs make bad calls, its not a league-wide conspiracy.

      • mmmpierogi - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:16 PM

        If by “because they were bankrupt from lack of fan support” you actually mean “because they were bankrupt from Howard Baldwin’s lack of business acumen and financial common sense,” then I can at least kind of agree with this part.

      • hazlydose - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:22 PM

        And the pens only had 1 more powerplay opportunity in last years playoff series that was robbed from them by those pesky referees. You’re delusional.

      • whammy71 - Dec 4, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        Sorry c1md6 – Mario has already come out and said that the KC and Vegas thing was a smoke screen to get the ball rolling on the new building. Let’s remember that Governor Cheesesteak already secured a new building for the Cryers. If the state can build the Cryers a building – they sure as hell can build a building for the Pens.

        So your argument is old and tired – give it a rest.

      • c9castine - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        c1md6….what you think that tavares goal was legit?? he literally pushed Fleury in with his body/skate fleury couldn’t have kicked that out with his pad or glove if he wanted to.

        but they let the Malkin goal in toronto go so they had to let this one go. stupid. hopefully things are even and they can start calling these rings right.

        but don’t sit there and tell me the Pens are getting handed power plays…the Isles were handing them to us when whats his name Ness couldn’t keep his stick out of peoples faces. those are EASY calls. people have been saying the same crap about Pittsburgh since 2005. i know it gets old hearing it doesn’t it get old saying it??

    • pens5829 - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      Tis the holiday season. Need some crackers to go along with that whine?

      • bsqesq - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        The pens going bankrupt had nothing to do with lack of fan support. it was from prior owner, i believe howard baldwin, handing out crazy contracts that kept much of team in the 90’s in tact. but don’t let facts get in the way of your argument.

      • c9castine - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:42 PM

        bsqesq – thank you for that ridiculously simple (and what i thought obvious) insight into the reality of the Pens. had nothing to do with “fandom”. and then when we ran out of money and had to dump all our players, we were left with an AHL team that was at the bottom of the league for 3 years and yes, resulted in poor attendance. but we are talking about a 3 year period in the sat 25 years and apparently now, 8 years later, we are ALL bandwagon fans.

        nevermind i have half of the AWFUL 2003-2004 and 2005-2006 games on VHS tape like a nerd.

        i even have the 3-2 victory over the flyers in Sids rookie year where he got lumberjacked by Hatcher and then single handedly beat them.

    • hockey412 - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      I missed where the Isles out-played the Pens…must not have watched close enough. Also, the refs gave the Isles the power play late in the third as a GIFT. They just didn’t put it away.

  5. sjsharks66 - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Pens got 1000 power plays… But not a penalty shot 😉

  6. steelers88 - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Haters gonna hate. Your just jealous the Penguins have Crosby and Malkin. By the way those Banwagon Penguins have sold Mellon arena and Comsol Energy Center 300 straight times. Oh by the way LET’S GO PENS!!!!!!

    • mayorrobford - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:59 AM

      You’re vs your kid

      (I assume you’re a kid because it be embarrassing if you’re an adult saying “Haters gonna hate” then following it up with “your just jealous”)

      • jpelle82 - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        this coming from the same kid who says the pens are overrated, they’re getting old, they need to fire bylsma, malkin is lazy, etc etc etc. only to turn around and shout LETS GO PENS when they win a few in a row.

  7. pitpenguinsrulez - Dec 4, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    LOL at the jackass for a Flyers fan in c1md6

  8. blomfeld - Dec 4, 2013 at 2:15 AM


    Regardless of whichever team you support (ie: I’m personally a devout King’s fan) you do have to tip your hat to Sidney Crosby and his Pittsburgh Penguins … even a blind man can see that Crosby means well and that he always gives his ‘all’ for both team and the game of hockey … God speed Sid the Kid and best wishes always !

    • patthehockeyfan - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      Terrific comment! and good morning, Blom. I absolutely agree with you re: Crosby. Great, great all-around player, and makes the game a joy to watch.

      Cue the ‘Cindy’ Crosby haters 😦

  9. jpelle82 - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    still waiting for tavares to assert himself in one of these games. crosby just keeps leaving him in the dust. i would love to see a rivalry develop between the two (especially since giroux has fallen off the map and ovechkin is a winger) but tavares just doesnt seem motivated. i’m sure someone will say oh tavares got 2 assists…but one of them was off of a really bad goal fleury let in from really far out and the other came off of maatta’s stick while there was traffic in front. he just doesnt make those statement plays that say “i’m a superstar” in big games…like crosby does often and did again tonight. its a little disappointing. i see him in the league leaders but i just dont get how he’s there after watching him play 3 times already this year against the pens. dont know, he seems like an opportunist and when the going gets tough he falls off. i see why people were down on him when he got drafted for his lack of foot speed, he really looked slow out there and i didnt see him even attempt to make a move on a defender one on one all night. crosby took the puck right off his stick behind the pens net at one point and he barely even gave chase back up the ice. the fact he didnt stick up for himself when malkin just flat out abused him late in the third period just seemed embarrassing….granted some will say it was a smart play because they got a pp off of it and it probably was but it looked like he was just scared to me. i would rather him show some kind of emotion in a game like this, especially as the captain, at home, and in the midst of a 5 game losing streak. the crosby game winner just cemented it for me, after slugging his way out of the zone, leaving no space for vanek to pass to him…he just floated out to the red line after the turnover and watched from a distance as crosby took it to the house, not even an attempt at a stick-lift or pursuit for a back-check.

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