PITTSBURGH 7, ISLANDERS 4
By Jason Lockhart
Ryan Malone scored his first NHL hat trick and Sidney Crosby and Mark Recchi each chipped in with four points as the Pittsburgh Penguins skated past the Islanders 7-4 Friday night at the Mellon Arena. Jocelyn Thibault earned his first win of the season, stopping 28 of 32 shots.
Malone scored his first of the game off a high wrist shot, 7:22 into the first period with Crosby and Recchi setting up the goal.
The Islanders tied it up on a 4-on-3 power play with 7:36 remaining in the first period. Sean Hill sent a pass down low to Mike York, who fired it across the crease. Miroslav Satan picked up the loose puck and deposited into an empty net for his ninth goal of the season.
The Penguins scored the next four goals.
Just 11 seconds after Satan's goal, Crosby put the Penguins back up by one when his shot from the slot deflected off of Radek Martinek's skate.
Off the ensuing face-off Chris Simon and Chris Thorburn faced-off with the fists, but it was all Simon, who simply pummeled Thorburn with some thunderous blows.
Recchi's screened shot from the point on the power put the Penguins up 3-1 after one period.
The Penguins went up 6-1 on goals by Jordan Staal, Maxime Talbot, shorthanded, and Malone, his second of the game.
The Islanders scored the next three goals to draw within two goals on tallies by Tom Poti, Jason Blake and Mike York, but it wasn't enough.
Malone scored his first career hat trick on a superb individual effort from Crosby with 4:26 left in the game to stop the late Islanders surge.
Five Stars of the Game:
1. Ryan Malone: Tallied his first NHL hat trick
2. Mark Recchi: Four points for the 38-year old
3. Sidney Crosby: Continued his goal and points streak with a goal and three assists
4. Maxime Talbot: Scored the Penguins' seventh shorthanded goal
5. Jocelyn Thibault: Earned his first win of the season
Stat of the Game: The Sidney Crosby-Mark Recchi-Ryan Malone line combined for 11 points.
Slapshots: Three of the four Islanders goals were scored on the power play...Alexei Yashin (knee), Trent Hunter (knee) and Joel Bouchard (healthy) were tonight's scratches...The Penguins' Mark Recchi compiled his 800th assist of his NHL career...Mike Dunham replaced Rick DiPietro at the start of the third period.
39 Rick DiPietro
1 Mike Dunham
32 Brendan Witt - 24 Radek Martinek
77 Alexei Zhitnik - 6 Sean Hill
3 Tom Poti - 8 Bruno Gervais
45 Arron Asham - 18 Mike Sillinger - 55 Jason Blake
10 Richard Park - 16 Mike York - 81 Miroslav Satan
12 Chris Simon - 25 Viktor Kozlov - 11 Andy Hilbert
33 Eric Boguniecki - 17 Shawn Bates - 57 Blake Comeau
29 Marc-Andre Fleury
41 Jocelyn Thibault
55 Sergei Gonchar - 2 Josef Melichar
19 Ryan Whitney - 44 Brooks Orpik
32 Alain Nasreddine - 5 Rob Scuderi
8 Mark Recchi - 87 Sidney Crosby 12 Ryan Malone
28 Nils Ekman - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 20 Colby Armstrong
11 Jordan Staal - 18 Dominic Moore 8 Michel Ouellet
37 Jarkko Ruutu - 25 Maxime Talbot - 22 Chris Thorburn