Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Penguins 3 - Hurricanes 0: Shiver me Timbers!

Sidney Crosby had been piling up assists, but hadn't scored since before Christmas...and then came last night

A good defensive and goaltending effort gave the Penguins a 3-0 shutout win, which is an unusual score for the Penguins to be involved in.

On the night, Sidney played 20:09, finished with 2 goals, an assist, and +2 with 3 shots on goal. Can you stay First Star, kids?

Here's a video clip of Sidney's first goal of the night as he blows it by Cam Ward.

Game recap from Yahoo! Sports:
The Carolina Hurricanes were one of the few NHL teams that was having success in slowing down Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby. They must have known that couldn't last.

Crosby scored twice and set up another goal to become the first NHL player with 60 points this season, and the Penguins relied on Crosby's playmaking and Marc-Andre Fleury's strong goaltending to beat Carolina 3-0 Tuesday night.

"I'd say this was one of the best games we've played this season," said Crosby, who emphasized the game was won in the defensive end. "It was complete. We didn't have any lapses. We were carrying the play and doing a good job."

Carolina outscored Pittsburgh 11-3 in winning the first two games of the four-game season series, but got nothing past Fleury in his second shutout of the season and fourth of his career. He made 31 saves.

"Coach (Michel Therrien) let us know before the game about that 11-3," Ryan Whitney said. "We had to come out strong and we did."

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