Saturday, March 25, 2006

Penguins 4 - Islanders 3 (OT): Sidney for teh winz!

After find themselves down with a 3-1 deficit, Sidney Crosby led the charge and the Penguins pulled off a win against a fast-sinking Islanders team.

Sidney finished with 1 goal (a beauty in OT) and one assist (on Andy Hilbert's deflection goal) in 21:02 of ice time. Sidney also had 2 shots on goal and went 11 for 19 on faceoffs.

Sidney Crosby rifled a shot past Rick DiPietro 3:28 into overtime Friday night to give the Penguins a 4-3 triumph at Mellon Arena.

“I don’t think we had the best first period, but in the second and third we earned the right to be in the game and ultimately win it,” Crosby said. “It was nice.”

It was the fourth time in their five meetings this year that the Penguins and Islanders needed overtime to decide the outcome. Pittsburgh won the first game, but New York rattled off three-straight triumphs via shootout before Friday night.

Crosby ended the Penguins’ drought against the Islanders with an exclamation point. On a 2-on-1 with Colby Armstrong on the right side, Crosby streaked down the left side of the rink and ripped a hard shot past DiPietro.

“There was a lot to think about because it was a long way down 2-on-1, but I wasn’t going to pass up a shot that late in the game,” Crosby said. “I wanted to make sure I gave it my best shot and it’s just nice to win.”

Crosby nearly gave the Penguins a win late in the third period when DiPietro misplayed a puck and Crosby fired it at the net through two defenders.

“It was kind of a tough angle and they had a couple guys back, but I just threw it at the net and it was probably an inch away from going in,” he said. “I was close there, but to get the win was nice.”

Game recap here.
Watch the video highlights here.

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