Greetings from our office. Our editors were kind enough to lighten our work load with the regular paper tonight and allow us to do a live blog tonight.
-Dany Sabourin and Joey MacDonald will start in net.
-Mark Eaton and Marc-Andre Fleury are the Penguins' scratches.
-The Islanders have scratched 92-year-old Mike Sillinger, Thomas Pock and Bruno Gervais.
-A couple of Brendan Witt hits on Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin from the 2006-07 season are replayed:
-Is it us or does Tyler Kennedy's helmet look about 23 sizes too big?
-The Islanders are not wearing their classic throwbacks. Very disappointing.
19:32: Radek Martinek chops a loose puck from the left point that hits a body in front of the cage.
18:42: The Penguins will get to try out their re-vamped power play as Doug Weight is sent off for slashing.
18:28: Evgeni Malkin blasts a one-timer from the high slog. MacDonald makes the inital save but gives up a nice rebound. Tyler Kennedy is there to jump on it but a defender is able to play the puck away.
17:51: Alex Goligoski pushes a loose puck on net. MacDonald covers it with ease.
17:32: Kris Letang blasts a one-timer from the high slot that MacDonald fights off.
17:18: MacDonald eats up a blast from Boucher. Whatever the Penguins did to the power play, it's getting more shots on net.
16:54: Goligoski slides a puck across the ice to Crosby who whips a wrister on net. MacDonald eats it up. The Islanders goaltender has been sharp so far.
16:42: Weight's penalty expires. The Penguins had a much better effort on the power play.
15:59: Martinek collects a puck at the right point and tosses it on net. Sabourin gloves it.
14:57: Montreal's Ryan O'Byrne's "own goal" is replayed:
-Kudos to FSN Pittsburgh pulling up an Islanders-Colorado Rockies clip from the 1970s.
14:21: Boucher is called for hauling down Bill Guerin in front of the cage.
13:24: Mark Streit ropes a wrister from the point. Sabourin is able to absorb it despite traffic.
12:42: Malkin, Letang and the great Mike Zigomanis come up ice on a short-handed three-on-two. Malkin dishes the puck to a trailing Letang who fires but misses the cage. Zigomanis crashes into MacDonald. The official immediately puts his hand up. The Islanders collect the puck. MacDonald skates off for the extra attacker and he tells a teammate to give the puck up immediately to get Zigomanis's penalty for goaltenders interference started immediately.
12:27: Streit is denied by Sabourin.
12:15: Trent Hunter collects a puck to the left of the cage and dishes a pass to Josh Bailey on the other side. Bailey is intially denied by Sabourin and he fires the rebound off the post. The puck bounces off Rob Scuderi's stick and off Sabourin's legs into the net. It's a garbage goal but Bailey, the Islanders first-round pick this year, will take it. It's his first career goal. Hunter and Streit get assists. Islanders 1-0.
11:05: A puck bounces into the slot and handcuffs Letang a bit. Hunter swoops in, steals it away and rips it by Sabourin. Andy Hilbert and Bailey get assists. Islanders 2-0.
10:54: Talbot gets hurt off the faceoff and limps off the ice. Replays show him taking a shot off the ankle.
10:22: Eric Godard drops the gloves with Mitch Fritz. Fritz is 6-foot-8, 250 pounds and he completely dwarfs Godard. It looks like a normal human being fighting a 12-year-old. That said, Godard manages to give a good effort. Fritz holds him off with his reach but Godard is able to sneak in and get a few inside punches. Fritz holds him off while Godard wiggles out of some of his equipment. Godard lands a few more quick punches. They then begin to hold each other basically before they quit from exhaustion. Good showing by Godard.
9:02: Miroslav Satan feeds a puck into the slot for Malkin but Malkin can't quite get his blade on the puck.
7:38: Bob Errey almost says Ryan Whitney is in the best shape of his life. He leaves off the "of his life" part though. Mario Lemieux not impressed.
6:33: Jon Sim fires a shot from the corner that hits off Sabourin's new mask.
5:19: Tyler Kennedy sneaks a whot on net from the right wing that hits a leg in front and deflects away.
4:40: Goligoski beats out former Penguins forward Andy Hilbert for a puck behind the net and earns an icing call.
4:15: Crosby tries to race by Streit on the left wing. Streit is able to fight off Crosby and poke the puck away. Nice play.
4:11: HIlbert runs Fedotenko from behind into the boards. What a stupid penalty. That's two minutes for boarding.
4:04: Satan fires a slapper from the left of the cage. MacDonald is there to make the save and freeze play.
3:39: Kennedy is denied by MacDonald.
3:19: Crosby zips a cross-ice pass to Malkin. Malkin sneaks in closer to the slot and rips a wrister that misses the cage.
3:02: A one-timer by Crosby is deflected out of play by MacDonald.
2:11: Hilbert's penalty expires. The Penguins' power play looked a lot less organized there.
1:56: Sabourin eats up a shot from the point.
1:29: Andy Suttdon blasts a slapper from the left point. Sabourin makes the save and snags the rebound that popped into the air.
0:58: Bailey steals a puck behind the Penguins' net and plays it into the slot for Jon Sim. His shot goes wide of the cage.
0:00: End of period. Islanders 2, Penguins 0.
-That was a pretty sloppy period for the Penguins. They gave the Islanders a couple of opportunites and New York took advantage of them.
-MacDonald has been sharp so far.
-The Islanders have a 12-10 advantage in shots.
-Weight leads the game with three.
-Letang and Crosby lead the Penguins with two.
-The Penguins have a 14-13 edge in faceoffs.
-Weight is tops at 4-for-6.
-Satan leads the game with 9:57 of ice time.
-Former Penguin Richard Park leads the Islanders with 8:52.
-No one with the Penguins has recorded a blocked shots.
-The Islanders have four.
19:28: Sabourin misplays a puck behind hs own net. Tim Jackman is there but Scuderi is able to fight him off the puck before anything can happen.
19:18: Pascal Dupuis outraces Martinek for a puck behind the Islanders' net and cancels out an icing call.
18:49: Letang is banged into the boards by Sean Bergenheim.
17:24: Play is frozen near the Penguins' net. Hal Gill and Sim exchange their thoughts on Lotus 1-2-3. We think.
16:45: Bob Errey mentions Talbot's return to the game is doubtful.
16:06: Guerin comes up ice against Gill. Gill lays down to block a shot or pass. Guerin waits for Gill to slide by and as soon as he takes a shot, Satan jumps in and knocks it away.
14:23: Someone already has the Godard-Fritz fight YouTubed:
12:02: Kennedy tosses a puck on net from the left wing. MacDonald is able to glove it despite having Matt Cooke charge the net.
11:39: Boucher blasts a one-timer from the right point that misses the mark.
11:03: Malkin cracks Hilbert in the face with a high stick. Hilbert sold it a little bit but it was cleary a high stick. Two minutes.
10:33: Bailey dishes a pass to Guerin at the high slot. Guerin actually fans a bit on the shot and it flutters into the net by Sabourin's glove. That was ugly. Sabourin is pulled in favor of John Curry. Curry is the first player since Johan Hedberg to wear No. 1 in a game for the Penguins. Prior to the next faceoff, Errey and Paul Steigerwald mention that the Islanders backup goaltender, Peter Mannino, used to play for the Pittsburgh Forge, the junior team that used to play at Neville Island. Bailey and Streit get assists. Islanders 3-0.
9:39: Errey blames Sabourin's new mask for his troubles tonight. The creepy baby mask might make a comeback:
(Yes, we know it's his daughter and we feel bad for bringin it up, but it still creeps us out.)
8:20: Curry is tested early and he denies Bailey in tight.
6:50: Dupuis is sent to the box forjpplomg
6:31: Jordan Staal blocks a one-timer from the right point by Streit.
6:06: Malkin works the puck up ice and rips a wrister that clinks off the far post.
5:47: Malkin again takes the puck up ice, works his way around a defender and fires a wrister over the net.
4:53: Crosby feeds the puck to Staal on a breakaway. Staal glides in and shoots low to the stickside. MacDonald comes up with a huge save with his right leg. Islanders fans cheer him on with "JO-EEY! JO-EEE!" chants.
4:50: Dupuis' penalty expires. How is it the Penguins' best scoring chances this game came on a penalty kill?
3:28: Petr Sykora tosses a puck into the slot from the cage. MacDonald eats it up.
2:15: Bergenheim whips a wrister that offs the mark and deflects out of play.
1:45: Staal pushes the puck toward the net. Before he can do anything with it, Freddy Meyer is able to deflect it away. Nice play by Meyer.
0:22: A shot by Dupuis in the slot is blocked.
0:18: Brooks Orpik?1?!? Dear Bobby Dollas! Brooks Orpik scored!?!?! Dupuis passes the puck to Orpik at the high slot. Orpik blasts a slapper that hits Weight's skate in the slot and deflects under MacDonald. The Penguins needed that. It's always huge to get a goal late. Dupuis gets an assist. Islanders 3-1.
0:00: End of period. Islanders 3, Penguins 1.
-That penalty kill on Dupuis' hooking call seemed to wake up the Penguins for whatever reason. It just really gave them life.
-Replacing Sabourin probably gave the team a kick in the pants as well.
-The Islanders have a 19-14 advantage in shots.
-Weight, Crosby, Letang and Guerin each lead the game with three shots.
-New York has a 29-20 lead in faceoffs.
-Jeremy Colliton is 9-for-12.
-The not so great Mike Zigomanis is only 4-for-11.
-Crosby leads the game with 16:58 of ice time.
-Martinek leads the Islanders with 15:35.
-Gill, Martinek, and Witt each have two blocked shots.
-Orpik stare a hole in to Dan Potash's soul:
-Prior to the third period, FSN Pittsburgh shows a statistic noting the Penguins lead in comeback wins. What exactly constitutes a comeback win? Being down by at least one goal at any point in a game or just being down in the third period?
18:38: Guerin tosses a puck on net from the boards. Curry punches it out.
18:02: Fedotenko fires a wrister that wide of the net.
17:56: The every dangerous Rob Scuderi fires a shot from the left point that MacDonald eats up. Michel Therrien puts a line of Godard, Crosby and the great Mike Zigomanis on the ice. Huh?
17:23: A shot by Godard is gloved by MacDonald.
16:23: Gill turns over the pukc in the neutral zone, an Islanders player picks it up and fires a slapper. Goligoski is able to get back and deflect it out of play.
16:17: Crosby streaks down the left wing with the puck fighting off a check from Guerin. He drops to a knee and shoots a wrister that MacDonald makes the save on initally. Crosby and Guerin each crash into the MacDonald and the puck appears to go over the line before the net is dislodged. Officials immedately wave off the apparent goal. A replay confirms the call on the ice. Officials rule the puck went in the net because Crosby collided with him. If that's the case, why didn't Crosby get called for goaltenders interference? It should either be a goal or a penalty for the Penguins.
15:13: Cooke rips a wrister wide of the cage.
14:53: Steigerwald somewhat dejectedly mentions that the Penguins have been calling Kennedy, "Turbo." We imagine Steigerwald has probably shed some tears knowing, "Little Tiger" hasn't picked up.
13:43: Crosby gets his goal back. He cruises down the left wing and leaves a drop pass for Malkin. Malkin jumps on it, moves towards the net and dishes a backhanded pass to Crosby on the other side of the net where he easilty puts it under MacDonald's arm. How did the Islanders not account for Crosby after he left the puck for Malkin? That was some sloppy defense. Malkin and Letang get assists. Islanders 3-2.
13:03: Satan's backhander is fought off by MacDonald.
12:37: Malkin spins and whips a pass into the slot from the left wing. Sykora is there and immediately cranks a wrister on net that MacDonald fights off. Big save.
11:56: Cooke dishes a pass to Boucher at the right point. Boucher chops a quick slapper on net that MacDonald fights off.
10:58: Jackman steals a puck and fires a wrister from in tight. Curry fights it off.
10:23: Off faceoff win by the great Mike Zigomanis in the neutral zone, the Penguins play a puck behind the net. It takes a weird bounce in the corner where Satan is Johnny-on-the-spot and fires a wrister low. MacDonald is able to absorb it.
9:40: As Boucher dumps Colliton behind the cage, Curry covers a loose puck in the crease. Boucher and Colliton exchange their thoughts on former Iowa senator Tom Harkin. We think.
8:57: Tie game. Crosby works the puck up ice, pulls up inside the Islanders' blue line, spins and zips it to Malkin streaking down the right side. Malkin closes in and burns MacDonald on the far stick side. Steigerwald scream "GOOOOOOOOAAAALLLLL!!!!" for about 32 minutes. He then compares Malkin to Lemieux. Easy now. Curry is now the Penguins' goaltender of record. Crosby and Orpik get assists. Islanders 3, Penguins 3.
8:07: Geez. What has gotten into Malkin and Crosby? Sutton mishandles a puck behind his net, Crosby swoops in and steals it off him. Crosby falls but is able to dish it to Malkin who also falls but is able to put a wrister by MacDonald. What a goal. Crosby gets the only assist. Penguins 4-3.
7:28: Cooke tags Weight with a nice shoulder check in the neutral zone
7:19: Guerin is sent off for two minutes for going after Cooke in retaliation. Guerin needs to be more composed there given the situation. You would expect more out of a captain.
5:50: Boucher's slapper from the left point is kicked out by MacDonald.
5:19: The Islanders dodge a bullet and kill off Guerin's penalty.
4:37: Errey compares the surge of Malkin and Crosby to a turkey dinner.
4:09: Errey mentions Malkin went to the locker room during a commercial break to get a skate looked at.
2:43: Zigomanis gets away with a bit of a hook on an Islanders player.
2:40: A shot by Gill is eaten up by MacDonald.
2:22: Bergenheim dekes through the Penguins zone and appears to have a clear shot but he dishes it to Martinek who falls over.
1:47: Off a time out, Michel Therrien calls a time out to organize a night everyone can get together to watch Crocodile Dundee 2. We think.
0:53: MacDonald is pulled for an extra attacker.
0:17: Malkin works his way up ice and zips the puck into the cage for one of us. It's a natural hat trick. It's Malkin's first hat trick since a 4-1 win against the Rangers Jan. 14. Scuderi gets an assist. Penguins 5-3.
0:00: End of period. Penguins 5, Islanders 3.
-Wow what a game. We seem to ask this almost all the time, but what is it about the Penguins where they can't play a complete for 60 minutes. They maybe played 25 tonight and still came out with a win. It's almost as if they started hitting R1 on the PlayStation controller and ran over the Islanders.
-The Penguins can frustrate you with their inconsistency, but more often than not, they thrill you with it as well.
-Malkin and Crosby were complete beast tonight. The Islanders looked completely lost trying to contain those two in the third period.
-The power play is still an issue. It went 0-for-3 for the Penguins.
-The penalty kill wasn't exactly sharp giving up two goals on four power plays for the Islanders.
-Josh Bailey made his case to stay in the NHL with a two assists.
-Hunter eventually got credit for the second Islanders' goal.
-This was actually Orpk's second two-point game this season. He had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime win against the Flyers Oct. 14.
-Orpik now has six points this season (two goals, four assists). His career high was 11 last season (one goal, 10 assists).
-Letang's assist gave him 29 career points (eight goals, 21 assists) as a Penguin and moved him into 200th place on the team's all-time scoring list.
-We hate to make fun of Malkin's English. It has come a long way considering where it was three years ago. And we hardly can speak a word of any other language. But we couldn't help but chuckle when speaking to Dan Potash after the game, he said, "We play hard, shoot everybody."
-During his interview with Potash, Malkin called Crosby the best player in the NHL. We would argue Malkin deserves that designation at the moment.
-As Curry is talking to Potash, Godard sneaks up on him and gives him a shaving cream pie. Quality stuff.
-The Penguins eventually ended with a 30-25 advantage in shots.
-Crosby and Guerin led the game with five shots each.
-The Islanders dominated faceoffs, 42-32.
-Colliton was 13-for-18.
-Crosby led the Penguins going 12-for-28.
-Crosby led the game with 24:39 of ice time.
-Streit led the Islanders with 23:43.
-Richard Park, Jeff Tambellini and Witt led the game with three blocked shots each.
-Gill and Goligoski led the Penguins with two blocked shots each.
-We kind of discovered this little gem while looking up information on Curry; While with the AHL Penguins last season, he actually got into a fight with MacDonald who was with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Islanders' AHL affiliate: