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Penguins 4, Panthers 3 (SO)
– Evgeni Malkin took one shot on goal in the first period. And apparently that's all he needed. That, was the only goal of the period for either team. With Cats defenseman Keith Ballard draped all over him while standing in the slot, Malkin took the pass from Sidney Crosby and backhanded the puck into the top corner of the net over Tomas Vokoun’s left shoulder. A goal only the best can make, Malkin scored his 30th of the season with 1:29 left in the first period.4
– The Panthers and Pens picked up their physical play from Thursday night as the teams combined for 21 hits in the opening period of play. Leading the way for the Panthers was Ballard with four hits. That total was two more than any other skater.5
– Welcome back Nick Boynton. After sitting out the last five games, Boynton made his return a good one with his fifth of the season when his shot beat Marc-Andre Fleury 4:37 into the second period. It was his first goal in the last 30 games (December 14th vs Vancouver).19
– After recording new career highs in goals (24) and points (42) thanks to a three goal, assist night against the Blues on Saturday, David Booth set a new high in assists. Registering the second assist on Boynton’s second period goal, Booth now has 19 helpers on the season.7
– The Cats got a 2-1 lead thanks to a goal from the fourth line. A Boynton shot from the point hit Fleury and found Kreps just to the right of the net where the center put in the rebound for his third goal of the season, 11:12 into the second. It was his second goal in the last seven games.4 (part II)
– A big goal at the time for the Panthers came off some luck. Crashing to the net, Ballard redirected a cross-crease pass from Ville Peltonen off his knee and into the back of the net for his sixth of the season with 1:10 left in the second. The goal gave Florida a 3-1 lead after two periods. Along with his assist on Boynton’s goal earlier in the period, it was Ballard’s third and fourth point (goal, 3 assists) in three games against the Penguins this season.400
– Bill Guerin hit another career milestone against the Panthers this season. After registering the 800th point of his career last Thursday, Guerin reached the 400 assist mark on Tuesday. Throwing the puck at the net on the rush, his shot was deflected in by Crosby with 5:29 gone in the third period, tying the score at three. Crosby has a three-game goal streak.1
– It was the 60th meeting between the two clubs during the regular season since 1993, but it was just the first time they have gone to a shootout. The clubs have met 15 times since the shootout was introduced during the 2005-06 season. Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang scored to give the Pens the 4-3 victory.3
– It was a rare lapse for the Panthers this season as the shootout loss was just the third time they have lost when leading after two periods of play. The Cats have gone into the third, leading 27 games this season and are now 24-1-2. Florida had the sixth best record when leading heading into the final period of play behind Colorado, New Jersey, Edmonton, Anaheim and Atlanta.0
– It was a great day for the penalty kill units and not so great for the power play. The Panthers and Penguins combined to kill off all seven man advantage opportunities with the Florida units especially busy with five Pittsburgh power play chances. Pittsburgh had 13 shots on their attempts while Florida finished with three.47
– The Penguins held a distinct advantage in the shot count and if it weren’t for Vokoun, the Panthers wouldn’t have gotten a point in the contest. Pittsburgh outshot Florida 50-21 as Vokoun stood on his head in making 47 stops. It was the third time this season he’s had to make at least 47 stops. The other two times were Panthers wins (47 out of 50 against San Jose and 49 out of 51 against Tampa Bay).