Sidney Crosby scores 1st even strength goal of season in 4-3 win

Penguins 4 – Avalanche 3

Sidney Crosby’s first even strength goal of the season at 11:56 of the third period ended up being the eventual game winner in the Penguins 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night. Off an Avalanche turnover, Crosby got behind the D and took a feed from Pascal Dupuis to beat Reto Berra backhand for his third goal of the season. The goal put the Penguins up 4-2.

Matt Duchene cut the Penguins lead to 4-3, scoring his second of the game with a 1:23 left in regulation. The Penguins would hold on improving to 12-7-0, 24 pts, on the season and 9-3 in one-goal games.

 

Penguins recall David Warsofsky

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman David Warsofsky from Wilkes Barre/Scranton, the Penguins announced.

 

Olli Maatta released from hospital

Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta has been released from the hospital and is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 weeks, the Penguins announced.

 

Islanders trying to trade Travis Hamonic

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports “very quietly”, the New York Islanders are trying to maneuver a difficult situation — the possibility of trading Travis Hamonic.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports Hamonic has family concerns in Western Canada and requested a trade prior to season. Preferred destinations are west cities.

Hamonic, 25, is signed through the 2019-2020 season with a $3,857,142 cap hit.