Thursday, January 11, 2007

Penguins 2 - Panthers 5: Weak!

Sidney Crosby

Over the course of an 82-game season, there are games that you remember, and games you want to forget the minute they end.

Last night's 5-2 loss to the Panthers in the battle of the animals is one of those games you want to file under the brain's old Recycling Bin.

Sidney finished with 0 points and -2 in a low (for him) 18:04 of ice time.

From Yahoo! Sports:
Olli Jokinen seems to save his best games for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Jokinen scored three goals to help the Florida Panthers to a 5-2 victory Wednesday night. He has eight goals in six games against Pittsburgh during the last two seasons.

"It's funny how some guys feel really good against certain teams," Penguins forward Mark Recchi said. "He's obviously very comfortable against us."

It was Jokinen's third career hat trick and second this season.

"It's always nice to score goals, but it goes hand-in-hand with your top players being at their best and giving your team a chance to win," Jokinen said.

Jozef Stumpel and Martin Gelinas each had a goal and two assists for Florida, which improved to 4-0-1 in its last five at home.

The Panthers have won 14 of their last 15 against Pittsburgh, including a 2-0 mark this season.

Evgeni Malkin and Colby Armstrong scored for Pittsburgh, which has lost three in a row after winning three straight.

"It's a process for us," coach Michel Therrien said. "It can be very frustrating for us, with a young team."

Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, the NHL's leading scorer, was held without a point for only the second time in his last 14 games. He had a breakaway in the first period, but Alex Auld made a glove save on his wrist shot.

"We had the opportunity to change the momentum, whether it's a big goal or a big save, but we couldn't do it," Crosby said. "We have to figure out a way to win when we're not playing our best game."

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