New York at Pittsburgh

Malkin scores three goals, Crosby adds six points for Penguins in win


PITTSBURGH -- First, Sidney Crosby went into a slump, and Evgeni Malkin followed by going into an extended one. Those days look to be gone for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who finally watched both of their stars enjoy big games on the same night.

Malkin broke out of a slump with three goals and Crosby scored twice while figuring in every Pittsburgh goal as the Penguins recovered after blowing a three-goal lead to beat the Islanders 6-4 on Tuesday, ending New York's four-game winning streak.

Trent Hunter and Richard Park scored in the third period as the Islanders came back from deficits of 3-0 and 4-1 to tie it, but Kyle Okposo drew a tripping penalty midway through the period that led to Malkin's power-play goal that made it 5-4. Earlier, Okposo failed on a penalty shot and couldn't score twice on breakaways, all in a span of 1:34 in the second period.

  Dupuis bloodied after collision

Malkin scored from the right circle to put the Penguins back into the lead at 11:09 of the third, and he added an empty-net goal with 29.6 seconds remaining, resulting in a brief delay as hundreds of hats and giveaway bags littered the ice. Both goals came on a Penguins power play that went 4 for 7 after beginning the game as the NHL's second worst.

"Those two goals are great examples of his [Malkin's] shot," Crosby said. "He was ready to let it go. Those are tough for goalies to stop when he sets up like that. When he got his chances to let it rip, he buried it."

It was the first time in their careers that Crosby, the 2007 NHL scoring champion, and Malkin, last season's champion, each scored multiple goals in the same game.

"When you give those guys time and space to make plays, they're going to make them," Islanders goalie Dwayne Roloson said. "Especially with the skill that they have."

Malkin has four goals in two games after going 11 consecutive games without a goal following his last previous three-goal game Dec. 23, not long after Crosby had only one goal in 11 games.

"But I'm not thinking about my goals," Malkin said. "I'm just want to play my game and help my linemates."

Crosby's six points matched his career high previously set against the Flyers in December 2006, and topped his previous season high of five points Nov. 28 against the Rangers. He has nine multiple goal games this season -- three in seven games -- and, with 32 goals, he has only one fewer than the 33 he scored last season.

Crosby beat Roloson for even-strength goals that made it 1-0 late in the first and 4-1 in third and he also set up Bill Guerin's power-play goal and the three Malkin power-play goals.

"You never really felt comfortable, it was a shootout and not an easy one for the goalies," Crosby said. "Those nights are great for the power play's confidence. We did a lot of good things to have success, but we know we've got to work on it."

Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis left the ice with a towel held to his face after being rammed into the boards by defenseman Andy Sutton with 2:55 remaining. Sutton drew a game misconduct. Dupuis was on the ice for several minutes after striking the rear boards face-first before getting up and walking to the Penguins' dressing room, leaving a puddle of blood on the ice.

Penguins backup goaltender Brent Johnson, out for five games with an undisclosed injury that forced the Penguins to use an amateur goaltender during their 6-2 loss Saturday at Vancouver, made 31 saves during a sometimes shaky performance.

The Islanders, playing their second game in as many days after beating the Devils 4-0 with Rick DiPietro in goal on Monday, looked sluggish and a step slow at the start. But the Isles' fatigue apparently wore off after Freddy Meyer's first goal of the season started their comeback later in the second period.


  • The Islanders haven't won as many as five in a row since winning six straight in February 2008.
  • The Islanders have lost their last six in Pittsburgh.
  • Okposo failed on his penalty shot at 4:36 of the second. He also couldn't beat Johnson on a pair of breakaways.
  • Pittsburgh scored multiple goals on the power play for only the second time in 16 games.
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 Malkin (middle) and Crosby (right) score multiple goals in the same game for the first time.  (Getty Images)
Malkin (middle) and Crosby (right) score multiple goals in the same game for the first time. (Getty Images)
NY Islanders (22-20-8)0224
Pittsburgh  (31-19-1) «1326
Three Stars
S. Crosby

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 4
E. Malkin

Goals: 3
Assist(s): 0
D. Weight

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
18:37Sidney Crosby (31), Wrist Shot. Assist: Guerin, Eaton
03:40Power Play - Evgeni Malkin (15), Slap Shot. Assist: Gonchar, Crosby
07:01Power Play - Bill Guerin (16), Wrist Shot. Assist: Crosby, Gonchar
11:45Andy Sutton (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Hillen, Weight
13:02Sidney Crosby (32), Slap Shot. Assist: Dupuis, Letang
13:27Freddy Meyer (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Comeau, Schremp
48.0Trent Hunter (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Nielsen
07:11Richard Park (4), Tip-In. Assist: Weight, Hillen
11:09Power Play - Evgeni Malkin (16), Slap Shot. Assist: Goligoski, Crosby
19:30Power Play - Evgeni Malkin (17), Empty Net. Assist: Orpik, Crosby
Penalty Summary
03:01Roloson, 2 min, Delay of Game - Smothering Puck
06:01Malkin, 2 min, Hooking
13:21Meyer, 2 min, Roughing
13:21Letang, 2 min, Roughing
02:03Hunter, 2 min, Holding
03:22Moulson, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
06:40Streit, 2 min, Cross-Checking
08:11McKee, 2 min, Tripping
10:45Okposo, 2 min, Tripping
11:36Cooke, 2 min, Tripping
17:05Sutton, 5 min, Boarding
17:05Sutton, 10 min, Game Misconduct
Shots On Goal
New York7131535
Dwayne Roloson59:40235
Brent Johnson60:00314
Game Information
Attendance - 16981
Referees - Dan Marouelli, Justin St. Pierre
Linesmen - Andy McElman, Bryan Pancich
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