Michel Therrien surprised a lot of people when he gave Dany Sabourin the start over Fleury for the Pens tonight. Sabu has been stellar this season, and tonight wasn't any different.
The Isles dominated much of the first period, holding the Pens to just two shots on goal.
Doug Weight opened the scoring at 16:23 of the first, as he scored on a pass from Bill Guerin.
The biggest news of the first period was Evgeni Malkin taking a slapshot off of his hand and heading to the bench, wincing in pain. Malkin would play out the rest of the period, but would not join the team on the bench at the start of the second period.
If Sidney Crosby would have taken the shot off of his hand, he'd miss practice for a week and blame the injury for his lack of production during the games.
Malkin shook it off, returned to the ice, and would later pick up an assist to extend his league-leading points streak to 10 games.
During the second period, the ice started to show signs of its' jokeage. Players from both teams were blowing tires on a consistent basis. Evgeni Malkin doubled his usual number of falls in open ice when no one is around during this game.
Tyler Kennedy got the Pens on the board early in the second period when he completed a solid give-and-go with Mike Zigomanis to even the score at one.
Tim Jokeman responded for the Isles, as he banged home a rebound in front of Sabourin to make it 2-1 Isles.
Andy Hilbert scored shortly later on what would be the Isles' last goal of the game to make it 3-1.
Jordan Staal, feeding off of the momentum of an empty net goal last week, picked up his second of the season.
Staal regained his rookie season form as he picked an Isles' pocket at the blue line, swooped in, and beat MacDonald, top shelf, on the backhand.
The Pens flat-out dominated the third period. They out shot the Isles 18-1. Joey MacDonald stole a point for New York with an unreal performance in the final 20 minutes of the game.
The game tying goal came at 16:45 of the third when Alex Goligoski ripped a shot from the point that was re-directed by Kennedy, beating MacDonald and evening the score at three.
The Isles had two chances to end the game late in the third, but Sabou stood tall on the first chance and some joke fired the puck over the net on the latter of the two.
The game headed into overtime, where the teams exchanged shots on the pitiful excuse for an ice-hockey rink for five minutes before turning to a shootout.
In the shootout, Weight was denied by Sabourin and Petr Sykora hit the ice for the Pens.
MacDonald tried a poke check, but Sykie made an unreal play on the backhand, flipping the puck top shelf to score what would be the deciding goal.
The Isles' final shooter was Trent Hunter. Hunter had Sabourin on his heels and shot the puck into the goalies' pads. Sabourin's body ended up inside the net, and the puck was lodged in his leg pads.
The play was reviewed and because the puck was not visible, the play could not be overturned.
Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has just left the building.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 4 New York 3
- Where is Ruslan Fedotenko?
- Mike Zigomanis turned in the game of his life tonight. Ziggy picked up two assists and was all over the ice, working well together with Kennedy and Matt Cooke on the third line.
- Eric Godard's ice time was very limited in a game that had very little physical play.
- Goligoski got burned at least twice tonight in the defensive zone. One such burn led to an Isles' goal. It could have been the bad ice, or it could have been Gogo's inability to skate backwards.
- Mark Eaton doesn't look like the same player he was a year ago.
- The Pens record have won three in a row heading into their Stanley Cup rematch with the Wings on Tuesday night.