This is another game that the Pens would have lost last year. The Pens were trailing 3-2 going into the third period. According to the guys on the radio, the team didn't win a single game last year when trailing going into the third. It's nice to see that the players are learning how to win these games. They're also now 2-0 on the road, which bodes well if they can keep the good stuff going.
Malkin had a goal and an assist, and his goal was the game tying goal in the third period. It was created by a great effort on the part of he and Crosby. Sid the Kid had three assists. Nils Eckman had a goal and an assist, but took some bad penalties. Sarge had the game winner, which was great to see. Getting Gonchar going has to be a priority for this team.
Now onto the (slight) controversy - we have another whining coach:
"I think for a world class player, for a guy of his caliber, he's diving every time someone touches him," Islanders coach Ted Nolan said. "No question in my mind, he should have been called for a slash before Yashin had a chance to hook him.
"I'm not saying Yashin's wasn't a penalty, I'm just saying there should have been a penalty before. If Yashin maybe acted like Crosby and dove, maybe he would have gotten that call."
And to think I liked Ted Nolan. This is the first game he's coached against Crosby, and he's already crying. Hopefully the Pens can beat the Isles the next 7 times with Crosby diving each game.
Anyway, good win on the road.
Next up: Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday at home