Pen’s get out shot again in the first period spotting the Islander’s a 2 goal lead, but this time they were ready and they were not playing the Boston Bruin’s or the Philadelphia Flyer’s.
The Pen’s gave up the first 2 goals, then scored 6 of the next 7 goals scored during the remainder of the game. James Neal continued his hot play with 2 more goals both assisted by Malkin. These 2 players are becoming an unstoppable force.
On the other hand, neither Goal tender played great, though Montoya, whom has been steady thus far this season giving up only a couple goals a game, received no help from his defense. After the first couple got by, it was all over. The Pen’s finished 1 of 3 on the Power Play, taking advantage of the opportunities given.
The Islander’s on the other hand went 1 of 7 on the Power Play, giving away chance after chance not getting the puck to the net which has been a real problem this year. Ullstrom and Jurcina scored the first 2 goals respectively. The Pen’s followed with two goals of their own late in the first period to tie. The Islander’s then took the lead back just 3 minutes in the second period with a Okposo goal.
The Penguins followed that with goals from Neal, Dupuis, Cooke, and Martin in the second and third period. The Martin goal, was his first in 76 games. Talk about getting the proverbial monkey of your back.
Fleury gave up 3 goals on 27 shots on goal. This was the 3rd game in a row that he had a shaky start. Hopefully the win will help him to shake this trend. If the trend continues though, this could be a tough stretch for the Pen’s with them missing their top 3 defenseman. The Penguins get a couple days off before they have to play their next game at home against one of the Western Conference’s Best, the Detroit Red Wings.