Penguins 4 – Islanders 3
Despite giving up 3 unanswered goals in the second period the Penguins fought hard all game and prevailed in overtime as Defenseman Sergei Gonchar scored at 3:33 in overtime to give the Penguins a big “W” against a division foe. Evgeni Malkin scored his 2nd goal in as many games and also added an assist. Quellet, Ekman, Malkin and Gonchar each had a goal for the Pens. Malkin (1g-1A) and Crosby ( 3assists) each combined for 5 points. Both were on a line for the third period and expect the same combo Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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Buzzontheburgh’s Penguin notebook
Mike Therrien and Ray Shero had a extensive meeting today regarding Jordan Staal and our sources have claimed that more than likely Staal stays and Letang gets sent back to juniors. Nils Ekman and John Leclair had their finest games of the season. Leclair did not record any points but brought lots energy and some added grit on the third line. Mark Recchi put together back to back solid games,thats a very good sign. Crosby and Malkin can’t do it all. Ryan Malone – zero points once again.
Starting right guard Kendall Simmons will start Sunday VS the Atlanta Falcons. Expect Santonio Holmes to be more involved in the offense this week. Cowher stated today that Holmes will be used more because he has earned it. Ben Roethlisberger is also gaining confidence in Holmes as he has been looking his way quite a bit on third downs since the Bengals game. Chad Brown has had a great week of practice and will see more time this week.