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Sid's six points, Malkin's trick power Pens past Isles

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:15 AM

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were too much for the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

Crosby had 2 goals and 4 assists, matching his career high of 6 points, and Malkin recorded his fifth career hat trick as the Pittsburgh Penguins outlasted the Islanders 6-4 at Mellon Arena, ending New York's four-game winning streak.

The Islanders overcame deficits of 3-0 and 4-1, tying the game at 7:11 of the third period when Richard Park banged in a rebound after Sean Bergenheim's shot hit the post. But with Kyle Okposo in the box for tripping, Malkin beat Dwayne Roloson with a one-timer from the right circle with 8:51 remaining to put Pittsburgh ahead. Malkin then hit the empty net with 30 seconds left for the Penguins' fourth power-play goal -- one that was set up when Andy Sutton drew a major penalty and a game misconduct for boarding Pascal Dupuis with 2:55 remaining.

"Those two goals are great examples of his shot," Crosby said of Malkin. "He was ready to let it go. Those are tough for goalies to stop when he sets up like that. When he got his chances to let it rip, he buried it."

Malkin broke an 11-game goal-scoring drought when he opened the scoring in Pittsburgh's 6-2 loss at Vancouver. He now has four goals in two games.

"But I'm not thinking about my goals," Malkin said. "I'm just want to play my game and help my linemates."

The game marked the first time that Crosby and Malkin have scored multiple goals in the same game, and the six-point night matched Crosby's career high.

"Give those guys the time and space to make plays and they'll make them, especially with the skill they have" Roloson said. "They capitalized on the power play and all the chances they had."

The four power-play goals by the Penguins were a season high and matched their combined total from the previous 11 games.

"You never really felt comfortable, it was a shootout and not an easy one for the goalies," Crosby said. "Those nights are great for the power play's confidence. We did a lot of good things to have success, but we know we've got to work on it."

The Penguins got a solid effort from Brent Johnson, who stopped two second-period breakaways and a penalty shot by Okposo in a span of 1:17. He was returning from an undisclosed injury that forced the Penguins to use an amateur goaltender in the loss at Vancouver on Saturday. Starter Marc-Andre Fleury is out with a broken finger.

Crosby shoveled home a rebound at 18:37 of the opening period to put the Penguins ahead, then assisted on Malkin's first goal, a shot past Roloson during a 5-on-3 power play after Johnson stopped Okposo's first breakaway and the Isles were called for too many men on the ice after a bad change seconds after the save.

Johnson stopped Okposo again during the subsequent 5-on-4 advantage, then got his pad down just far enough to stop the Isles' forward at the right post.

Former Isles captain Bill Guerin made it 3-0 with a power-play goal at 7:01, but the Islanders refused to quit. Sutton's one-timer from the right circle at 11:45 got them on the board, and after Crosby made it 4-1 at 13:02 with his 32nd of the season, Freddy Meyer scored 25 seconds later on a similar play to Sutton's to cut the deficit back to two goals.

Trent Hunter cut the margin to 4-3 just 48 seconds into the third period, capitalizing on a giveaway and beating Johnson from the slot. Park's goal got the Islanders even.

"To be able to (come back) on the road against the team we're playing against was a positive sign for us," coach Scott Gordon said after the Isles' sixth consecutive loss at Mellon Arena. "Unfortunately, tonight penalties hurt us. The power play was the difference. I can't really fault our penalty-killing units. They just made some plays."

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report
scoring summary
1st Period
18:37
PIT
Sidney Crosby (31) Wrist shot - ASST: Bill Guerin (19), Mark Eaton (9)
1 - 0 PIT
2nd Period
03:40
PIT
PPG - Evgeni Malkin (15) Slapshot - ASST: Sergei Gonchar (21), Sidney Crosby (28)
2 - 0 PIT
07:01
PIT
PPG - Bill Guerin (16) Snap shot - ASST: Sidney Crosby (29), Sergei Gonchar (22)
3 - 0 PIT
11:45
NYI
Andy Sutton (4) Slapshot - ASST: Jack Hillen (13), Doug Weight (9)
3 - 1 PIT
13:02
PIT
Sidney Crosby (32) Wrist shot - ASST: Pascal Dupuis (10), Kris Letang (14)
4 - 1 PIT
13:27
NYI
Freddy Meyer (1) Slapshot - ASST: Blake Comeau (8), Rob Schremp (10)
4 - 2 PIT
3rd Period
00:48
NYI
Trent Hunter (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Frans Nielsen (17)
4 - 3 PIT
07:11
NYI
Richard Park (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Doug Weight (10), Jack Hillen (14)
4 - 4 Tie
11:09
PIT
PPG - Evgeni Malkin (16) Snap shot - ASST: Alex Goligoski (17), Sidney Crosby (30)
5 - 4 PIT
19:30
PIT
PPG - EN - Evgeni Malkin (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Brooks Orpik (16), Sidney Crosby (31)
6 - 4 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
03:01
NYI
Dwayne Roloson  Delaying Game-Smothering puck
06:01
PIT
Evgeni Malkin  Hooking against  Rob Schremp
13:21
PIT
Kris Letang  Roughing against  Freddy Meyer
13:21
NYI
Freddy Meyer  Roughing against  Kris Letang
2nd Period
02:03
NYI
Trent Hunter  Holding against  Evgeni Malkin
03:22
NYI
Matt Moulson  Too many men/ice - bench
06:40
NYI
Mark Streit  Cross checking against  Mike Rupp
08:11
PIT
Jay McKee  Tripping against  Jon Sim
3rd Period
10:45
NYI
Kyle Okposo  Tripping against  Craig Adams
11:36
PIT
Matt Cooke  Tripping against  Blake Comeau
17:05
NYI
Andy Sutton  Boarding (maj) against  Pascal Dupuis
17:05
NYI
Andy Sutton  Game misconduct
goalie stats
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 28TOI: 59:40
Saves: 23EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 2PP: 6 - 9
SV%: .821SH: 2 - 2
Brent Johnson
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 23 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .886SH: 4 - 4