The Pittsburgh Penguins started slow and never really found themselves until late in the game. It was too late in their case. The Pens went down tonight by a score of 5-3 to an Islander Team that played like they wanted it more.
That to me is the Alarming thing. The Pens looked like they were skating in quicksand tonight, and Malkin although he scored late has not played well in more than a few nights. A coincidence that his play has turned sharply less focused since the return of Sidney Crosby? I do not think that is the case. Evgeni Malkin has played inspired hockey all season, and since Sid’s return, at least after the first 2 games, he has not played well. And now tonight, Dan Bylsma played around with the lines to try and spice things up. With little affect other than the fact that the first couple of lines looked lost for most of the night.
Marty Reasoner of the New York Islanders scored the only goal of the first period with a wrist shot at the 11:07 mark of the 1st period. The Pens out shot the Islanders 7-4 in the first period, but the Islanders out played the Pens for most of the night and that would include the first period.
Pascal Dupuis tied things up at the 8:37 mark of the second period. It took nearly 8 more minutes for the Islanders to score their second goal which was Power Play Goal, and take the lead back with a Kyle Okposo tip in. The Special teams remained special for the Isle as they scored a short handed goal on a backhand from Josh Bailey to make it 3-1.
Okposo scored again early in the 3rd period with a snap shot to make it 4-1. Jordan Staal scored just 3 minutes later to draw the Pens within 2 goals. Evgeni Malkin scored with a minute and a half remaining in the game to draw within one. The Pens pulled their goalie, which is how they scored their third goal, and it led to an Empty netter with less than 10 seconds left to finish the game off by none other than Josh Bailey. Bailey finished the game with 5 points tonight 2 goals and 3 assists.
The Penguins go to Buffalo tomorrow night to take on the Hottest team in Hockey. They have about 18 hours to fix what is currently broken. The game is at 7:30 pm.