Friday, October 13, 2006

Penguins 6 - Rangers 5: Wild, Wild East.

Lots of offence and lots of Sidney Crosby. I'm sure coach Michel Therrien probably drank 3 bottles of Maalox, but the fans certainly don't mind lots of goals. The Penguins are going to have quite a few of these nights with a young team, suspect defence, and Crosby's offensive talents.

Game recap here.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mario Lemieux already made room in his house for Sidney Crosby. If the kid keeps having nights like this, No. 66 will have to share space in the Penguins' record book, too.

Crosby scored a power-play goal with 3.3 seconds left, tying a career high with four points, and Pittsburgh pulled out a wild 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Crosby fired a pass from the right-wing boards, while Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr sat in the penalty box, that struck New York defenseman Aaron Ward in front and ricocheted in. Earlier, the 19-year-old phenom set up three goals for Pittsburgh, which scored six times on 22 shots.

He has a long way to go to catch his host Lemieux, who retired last season with 690 goals and 1,723 points. But in only 84 NHL games, Crosby's totals are 41 and 108.

"It's nice, but it's just one game," Crosby said.

Jagr was left hanging his head while Crosby happily skated across the ice and looked up at the board to see how timely his goal was.

"I knew it was like five seconds," he said. "The last time I saw it, it was 10, and Rex (forward Mark Recchi) kind of handled it for a while at the top. I just knew I had to get it on net."
Crosby finished EVEN in 22:18 of ice time. Crosby also went 15 for 23 on faceoffs, which was a sore spot for him last season. Amazingly, he also had only 2 shots on goal all game.
All in all, a damn good start to the season.

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