Friday, December 22, 2006

Penguins 3 - Threashers 4(SO): Close, but no Bad Cigar!

The Penguins have had enough bad news off of the ice lately, and could have used some good news last night.

I suppose coming back from 2 goals down and getting a point is some good news, but the Penguins really just lost another game and are struggling again. The result? Penguins 3, Thrashers 4 in a shootout.

Sir Sid had the Penguins 3rd goal with just 16 seconds left in the game to give the Pens the bonus point. He also had an assist and finished +2 in 20:35 of ice time. On the downside, he got stuffed again in the shootout. That seems to be happening a lot this season.

Slava Kozlov doesn't mind shootouts. He just wishes Atlanta coach Bob Hartley would use one of his teammates first.

"I feel pretty good in the shootout," Kozlov said. "It's tough to go first, for I like to see how the goalie plays you."

Kozlov and Marian Hossa scored in a shootout for the second straight game to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.

Sidney Crosby, the NHL's leading scorer, forced overtime with 15.3 seconds remaining with a tap-in from the near right side. In the shootout, Atlanta goaltender Kari Lehtonen first stopped Erik Christensen before holding off Crosby's attempt to beat him on the stick side.

The loss was an appropriate end to a difficult day for the Penguins that began with owner Mario Lemieux's announcement that the franchise will attempt to relocate after an arena deal fell through.

"I think Pittsburgh is a great hockey town," Penguins goaltender Jocelyn Thibault said. "It'd be a shame for this team to leave."

Crosby, the franchise cornerstone, extended his scoring streak to 10 games with his 17th goal. The second-year star, a No. 1 overall draft pick, has seven goals and 15 assists during the streak.

"It's good we came back," said Crosby, whose team has followed a four-game winning streak with three consecutive losses. "We've been struggling. Even though we lost in the shootout, we showed lots of character."

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