The Pens gutted out a big win over the Islanders tonight at the Igloo. The way things have gone this season, you almost expected the Isles to get a lucky goal and put the Pens behind the 8-ball. Fortunately that goal hit the crossbar behind Flower, and another one seemed to hit both pipes.
The end result is 21 saves for Fleury and 2 for the goal cage. It was Shutout City.
The Pens had lots of decent chances, including a few wide open nets, but the puck just wouldn't bounce their way, until...
With under 3:00 remaining in the third period, Malkin made a sick play, chipping the puck over an Isles forward to keep the zone. Gonchar took the puck, skating down the right side, using Geno as a shield. Sarge tossed the puck at the net. It hit something and found it's way to Sykora, who buried it into a wide open cage.
Wait - don't take my word for it - here's the video (you may have to click through if you're reading via RSS):
So the Pens did what they had to do and earned two points. Just 5 points now separate the 5th spot from the 10th spot, and the Pens are just two points out of the playoffs. They start a five game road trip on Friday night that could decide the season (especially if they do poorly).
Next up: In the Windy City on Friday night to face the Blackhawks. Huge game (as usual)