NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Pittsburgh
(Thursday, December 11th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 9, NY Islanders 2
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Petr Sykora and Pascal Dupuis both recorded their first career hat tricks, as the Pittsburgh Penguins pummeled the New York Islanders, 9-2, at Mellon Arena.
Sykora added an assist, while Miroslav Satan posted a goal and two helpers for the Penguins, who snapped a three-game losing streak in convincing fashion. Sidney Crosby collected three assists, while Evgeni Malkin chipped in a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh. He leads the league with 48 points and 36 assists.
John Curry made 24 saves to get the win.
Mark Streit and Andy Sutton lit the lamp for the Islanders, who have dropped five games in a row and seven of eight overall. Joey MacDonald was replaced by Yann Danis after he allowed four goals on 19 shots in the opening 20 minutes. Danis didn't fare any better, yielding five tallies on 19 shots over the next two periods.
The Penguins thoroughly dominated the first period, outshooting the Isles 19-5, and emerged with a comfy 4-1 lead.
Dupuis took a cross-ice pass from Satan and fired a slap shot from the top of the left circle that caromed off MacDonald's glove and trickled over the goal line at the 6:25 mark.
Satan's power-play marker made it 2-0 with 6:11 remaining, then Streit countered on the man advantage for New York nearly four minutes later.
Sykora, though, quickly restored a two-goal edge for Pittsburgh, rifling a shot from the right circle that beat MacDonald on the glove side 11 seconds after New York got on the board.
Philippe Boucher, who returned from a six-game absence due to an undisclosed injury, capped the barrage 39 seconds later with a blast from the right point that slid between MacDonald's pads.
Pittsburgh continued to pull away in the middle stanza. After Malkin found the back of the net, Sykora scored a pair of power-play markers before Dupuis scored in the final minute of the frame.
Sutton and Dupuis traded goals in the third period.
Rob Scuderi, Jordan Staal, Alex Goligoski and Matt Cooke each registered two assists for Pittsburgh...Thirteen different Pens picked up a point...Islanders defenseman Brendan Witt skated in his 800th career game...Pittsburgh went 3- for-11 on the power play, while the Islanders finished 1-for-5.
12/11 22:52:43 ET