NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Pittsburgh
(Tuesday, January 10th)
Final Score: Edmonton 3, Pittsburgh 1
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Shawn Horcoff picked up his first career hat trick to carry the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-1 win over Pittsburgh at Mellon Arena.
Ryan Smyth dished out a pair of assists in the win and Jussi Markkanen turned away 17 of the 18 shots he faced for Edmonton, which has won two of its last three contests. The Oilers snapped an eight-game winless skid in Pittsburgh, scoring a victory there for the first time since February 18, 1993.
Ryan Malone had the lone Pittsburgh goal while Josef Melichar and Mark Recchi picked up the assists for the Penguins, who have lost three straight and 10 of their last 13.
After the game, Penguins interim head coach Michel Therrien ripped into his club.
"I'm not impressed," Therrien said. "Its a pathetic performance. Half of the team doesn't care. The guys would see if we'd take 50 percent of their salaries, because they only play 50 percent of the time. I really am starting to believe their goal is to be the worst defensive squad in the league."
Horcoff put the Oilers on top 1-0 with 3:48 remaining in the first period. Edmonton was actually shorthanded during the sequence, but broke out on a 3-on-1. Horcoff brought the puck into the zone and released a wrister from the high slot that beat Fleury through the five-hole.
After a scoreless second period, Horcoff gave Edmonton a little breathing room with a marker just 44 seconds into the final stanza. The 6-1 center got the puck from Ales Hemsky and maneuvered in on goal before flicking a backhander that scooted through Fleury's pads.
Pittsburgh cut the lead in half at the 7:30 mark of the third on Malone's even-strength tally, but Horcoff whipped in a wrister from the right circle in the final minute of play.
"Horcoff was deserving of some breaks," Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish said. "He hasn't had a lot of breaks and he had a lot of chances in the Toronto game (3-2 loss Saturday) as well. You're always happy for a guy who does it the right way, that puts that workmanlike effort in each and every night."
Pittsburgh rookie Sidney Crosby had a 10-game point streak snapped...The Penguins are 6-11-5 at home this year...Smyth now has four goals and five assists during his six-game point streak...Edmonton, which is 13-8-2 on the road this season, will visit the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
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