This game wasn't as lopsided as it would seem, at least until Crosby got his 100th point, and then you just kind of knew it was over.
The Penguins did have the better of the play in the first, taking a 2-0 lead. The Islanders cut it to 2-1, and it remained that way until just past the 15:00 mark in the second. That's when Colby Armstrong, from the right point, threw a pass down the slot to Crosby, who took the pass from between his skates and tapped it over to Tomas Surovy for the easy goal. That was point #99. Just 25 seconds later, after Jason Blake left his feet to hit Colby (cheap hit, btw) against the boards, the Pens were starting the power play. Crosby took a pass from Leclair just inside the zone, again at the right point, and zipped a nifty pass to a breaking Ryan Malone. Malone wound up and fired it past Garth Snow. That was #100. Truthfully, that was probably a save that Snow should have made, but I'm not complaining.
What followed, as I mentioned in a previous entry, was awe inspiring. From the expression of joy on Crosby's face, to the reaction from the crowd, it was an unbelievable sight. This was one of those nights you wished you were at the Igloo.
Tonight, Sid the Kid has the opportunity to stick it to those nice folks north of the border by tacking on several more points in the home of hockey, Toronto. He also has the chance to do something I would have thought unthinkable - get back to a positive +/- rating!! He's currently at a -1. That would be an impressive way to finish the year.
The Pens have locked up the second spot in the draft lottery. Let's hope the go out and kick the tar our of the Leafs tonight.
Let's go Pens!