Sunday, December 11, 2005

Penguins 4 - Colorado 3: VICTORY!!!

While Mario Lemieux was making headlines for pulling out of the running for Team Canada's entry at the Olympics, Crosby and the Penguins were busy finally figuring out a way to get a win.

The rookie came through with one of Pittsburgh's biggest goals in a season notable mostly for the Penguins' underachievement. Only, it wasn't Sidney Crosby.

Maxime Talbot scored the decisive goal in the third period and Mark Recchi, stalled for weeks in a one of the longest slumps of his career, had a goal and an assist to help the Penguins end a six-game losing streak and beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 Saturday night.

Talbot followed up his own rebound of Lasse Pirjeta's shot from the right circle slightly past the midway point of the third, and the Penguins held on despite rookie Marek Svatos' 14th goal with about 5 1/2 minutes remaining.

Crosby finished -1 again in 18:10 of ice time. He did, however, chip in a secondary assist in the cause.

Full game recap here.

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