Sunday, March 11, 2007

Penguins 3 - Rangers 2(OT): 1 Goal = 100!

A goal! A goal!!!

At long last...Sidney Crosby gets a goal, point #100, and the Penguins get a crucial win.

Thanks to Sidney finally scoring an actual in-game goal, the Penguins beat the Gotham Ranger 3-2, and put Sidney over the century mark for the second time.

On the night, El Sid finished with 1 goal on 7(!) shots in 22:02 of ice time. One thing that's been noticable during this streak is how many shots on goal he's been getting per game. At least he's trying to shoot his way out of a slump.

Amazingly, Crosby wasn't even around when the Rangers scored, thanks to an 'equipment malfunction'

From Yahoo! Sports:
Sidney Crosby scored a milestone game-tying goal but was relegated to hearing the crowd roar for the game winner from the locker room.

Colby Armstrong scored 1:19 into overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins came back from a two-goal, third-period deficit to beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Saturday.
Crosby had tied the game at 2 for his 100th point of the season with 13:04 to play, becoming the youngest player in NHL history with two 100-point seasons. But equipment problems sent him to the locker room after regulation.

"It sucks," Crosby said of having to miss overtime. "I have a lot of trust in the guys, but I want to be out there, especially in overtime ... and I'm just sitting there. It's hard just watching."

Armstrong made it a pleasant watch, however, by scoring his third overtime goal this season, tying a team record. Evgeni Malkin added a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh, which has come-from-behind in each of its past five victories.

Karel Rachunek and Matt Cullen scored for the Rangers, who have earned at least a point in each of their past six games.

"We came back, and (the players) showed a lot of character again," said Penguins assistant coach Andre Savard, who was running the team because Michel Therrien was attending his father's funeral. "They battled hard in the third period and overtime, and we did get the win. Obviously, we don't make it easy."

The win came in part because Maxime Talbot made a good play to keep the puck in the zone and got the puck to Armstrong, who took a wrist shot from the right boards that deflected off Rangers defenseman Marek Malik's stick and squeezed between goalie Henrik Lundqvist and the near post.

"Mark tried to make the right play and cut off the pass," Lundqvist said. "It's just unfortunate that it goes in the net. But it was not there where we made the mistake. We have to clear the puck before that."

Crosby, who had just missed making it back onto the ice for the start of the extra period, downplayed the significance of his 100th point. He came into the game with only two points in his past six games and two goals in his past 19 but still has a comfortable lead in the league scoring race.

"It's never something I think about," Crosby said of 100 points. "It's nice, for sure, but there's a lot of games left -- important ones -- and that's where my mind has been."

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