Crosby nets trick, 200th goal in Pens' sixth straight
Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:07 AM
was not happy after failing to score on a first-period penalty shot against Miikka Kiprusoff
on Saturday afternoon. He spent the remainder of the game taking it out on the Calgary Flames
' goaltender and his teammates.
Crosby scored three times -- which included his 200th NHL goal -- and the Pittsburgh Penguins
won their sixth in a row, beating the Flames 4-1 at the CONSOL Energy Center.
"I think they got me the hat trick (puck), and the 200th one," said Crosby, who has 18 goals in 25 games. "I don't know which ones they got, but they made sure they had them all, with a couple milestones there."
Crosby already had two goals, one on a power play, before scoring shorthanded into an empty net with 37 seconds remaining. If he had converted the penalty shot he missed 4:14 into the game, Crosby would have scored four goals with every possible variation: even-strength, power play, shorthanded, penalty shot and empty net.
Pens owner Mario Lemieux is the only NHL player to score five goals all five ways, on Dec. 31, 1988, against New Jersey.
"Oh, geez, don't tell me that," Crosby said. "That's one thing I never thought would ever be beat. To know I came that close, that hurts, but it was fun and, obviously, I would have liked to have put that one in."
The Penguins' winning streak is their longest since they won seven in a row in October 2009, four months after they won the Stanley Cup. Kris Letang
had three assists, while Brooks Orpik
chipped in with a pair as Pittsburgh improved to 5-0-1 in its last six games in its new facility.
"We've done a good job on the road, but early on we didn't get the results at home," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "But now, with putting the wins together and getting the results here, I think it's starting to feel like home. Our fans are starting to make it feel like home as well with the atmosphere in the building. We'd like to keep that string going."
Crosby made it 2-0 in the second period by putting in Chris Kunitz
's rebound, then scored No. 200 midway through the third when Paul Martin
's shot from above the circles deflected off his stick. Crosby has 12 goals and 13 assists during a 12-game scoring streak.
Crosby completed his sixth regular-season hat trick and first this season by scoring into an empty net with 36.4 seconds remaining during a Flames power play in which Calgary created a two-man advantage by pulling Kiprusoff.
"I've missed a few empty netters, so those ones are nice," Crosby said.
made 30 saves during his first start since Nov. 10 against Boston, but lost his shutout when Rene Bourque
scored his 11th goal and second in three games at 13:03 of the third.
Kiprusoff stopped 24 shots in the first period alone -- the most shots the Penguins have had in a period since their 25 in the first period against San Jose on March 6, 1992. His best save was a glove-hand stop on Crosby's backhander on a penalty shot awarded when Brendan Morrison
hooked Crosby 4:14 into the game. The Pens' captain is 0-for-3 on penalty shots in his career.
"An elite-level player like him has great creativity in his game and a tremendous skill set," Calgary coach Brent Sutter said. "It's because of his work ethic, and how hard he plays every shift."
The Penguins solved Kiprusoff when Arron Asham
scored on a slap shot from the right circle at 6:26 of the second.
Calgary ended a 1-2-2 road trip in which its only victory was a 3-2 overtime win Friday in Philadelphia. The Flames have scored five goals in four games.
Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.