Pens 4, Islanders 0
The game was back and forth for the whole first period with turnover after turnover leading to some scoring chances for both teams. The goal tenders were able to keep the score knotted at 0 heading into the second. Gonchar, who has finally starting shooting the puck on the power play, got his first of two after getting a deflection of a defenders stick. After LeClair was able to stab a puck past Snow, Crosby got his 33rd goal of the season after a good reaction to a Hilbert feed to beat Snow on the backhand. Gonchar closed out the scoring with another PP goal at 18:16 of the 3rd.
In all Crosby has a Goal and 2 Assists (both on Gonchars PP goals) giving him 83 on the year with 9 games left. He needs to average 2 point the rest of the way to top the century mark. Malone, Koltsov, Armstrong, and LeClair were all able to get an Assist on the night with LeClair also getting a goal.
Caron made 29 saves for is first shutout of the year and the Pens second. He was pretty solid in net stopping a couple of breakaways and a Penalty Shot early in the third. The Defensive was also able to keep most of the shot to the outside or altered them when they were taken close.
Next up New Jersey at 3 pm on Sunday...
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