1. After a lengthy pregame ceremony, the Penguins jumped on the Isles in the opening minute as Brooks Orpik scored just 23 seconds in. Alex Goligoski doubled the Pens' advantage 5:01 into play on the powerplay. The teams traded four more goals in the period with Matt Molulson and Kyle Okposo scoring for the Isles and Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby responding for the Pens to give Pittsburgh a 4-2 lead after 20 minutes.
2. Josh Bailey's 16th (and final) goal of the season brought the Isles within 4-3, but ex-Isle captain Bill Guerin deflected in a Crosby shot on the power play and Tyler Kennedy scored two minutes later to blow the game open, at 6-3 after two periods.
3. Guerin's second goal early in the third gave the Penguins a 7-3 advantage. After the Isles failed to capitalize on a five minute power play when Alex Ponikarovsky was tossed (and later suspended two games) for boarding Josh Bailey, the game (and Mellon Arena's regular season history) was essentially over.
...a few more...
4. Crosby finished with one goal and three assists. He was credited during play for a second goal, that would have given him 50th, but a post-game review changed the goal to Guerin. Crosby now has 16 goals and 40 assists in 30 career games against the Isles. He has 12 points in the five games this season.
5. Martin Biron was pulled after allowing four first period goals, and suffered his first loss in a starting assignment since December 27 against Philadelphia. Biron finished with only six saves. Dwayne Roloson, making his first appearance in four games, made 22 saves. Mark-Andre Fleury finished with 32 saves as he improved his career record against the Isles to 11-4-3.
6. The Penguins close Mellon Arena with an all-time record of 857-576-205-28 in 1667 games.
7. It's the first time all season that the Isles have allowed seven goals in a road game; they have allowed seven goals twice at home this year.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: forever1940.blogspot.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick