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

by John Kreiser
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
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