Saturday, December 30, 2006

Penguins 4 - Leafs 1: Raking in a Victory

The Penguins finally broke their slump and did it against the hated (by everyone not a Leafs fan) Maple Leafs by a 4-1 score.

Sidney Crosby had 3 assists as the Penguins Power Play did some damage on route to their first victory since before Santa gave undeserving kids a new XBox 360.

On the night, Crosby finished with those 3 helpers, -1, 3 shots on goal, and 13 for 25 in faceoffs in 21:40 of ice time.

The Penguins used three power-play goals to upend Toronto, 4-1, Friday night at Mellon Arena.

The victory snapped a five-game losing skid for the Penguins

“We needed a big win and it was a hard win, a tough win. I think we were deserving of it and it feels good to get it,” Penguins center Sidney Crosby said. “It’s nice to get results. We were playing well, but we weren’t always playing 60 minutes. To get a full game in and a tough win that it was, it’s rewarding and we can build off this.”

Crosby tallied three assists to boost his NHL-leading points total to 58 (17+41). Meanwhile, super rookie Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist on the night. It pushed his point totals to 36 (18+18), which tops all NHL rookies.

“From the first minutes of the game, all the guys tried really hard,” Malkin said through translator George Birman. “The atmosphere in the locker room was different today. Everybody was focused about the game. We tried really hard and I think we deserved this win. It was like a must-win for us.”

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