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Big Third Period Lifts Pens Over Islanders

The Penguins scored three times in the third period including the game winner by Sidney Crosby on their way to a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders Thursday Night.

It was by far Marc-Andre Fleury’s best game as he was a wall for the better part of the game including the second period where the Islanders were far and away the better team.

The first period started with the Pens getting an early power play goal by Patric Hornqvist as he would take a perfect pass from Sid from across the crease.  All Hornqvist had to do is finish.

The Islanders would finally solve Fleury in the second period to tie the game up although they had many opportunities to take the lead.   The only reason the Pens left the second period tied was Fleury as he stopped 31 of 32 shots in the first two periods.

In the third period, Evgeni Malkin would take a pass from Phil Kessel to score his third goal of the season to give the Pens a 2-1 lead.   The Penguins would out shoot the Isle’s 17-7 in the third period and would be mostly dominant.   Although they would give up the equalizer just a couple of minutes later to Shane Prince.

The Pens though would put the game away moments later as Sidney Crosby would bury the eventual game winner then just moments later Phil Kessel would score on a wrist shot between the circles.  It would be his 3rd of the season, a power play goal with less than 2 minutes left in the game.

The Penguins finished 2 of 5 on the power play and was only out shot 37 to 35 overall for the game after the Islanders owning the advantage after two periods.

As a note, Matt Murray has dressed as Fleury’s back up for the last two games as he is nearly ready to start.   It seems like Mike Sullivan is just trying to give Murray a chance to get some practice time in because he was injured for all of the training camp and preseason.   I think it is possible we will see Murray this weekend in Philadelphia.

Mike Sullivan

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