UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Sidney Crosby
scored two goals and had an assist to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-1 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum.
It was the first multi-goal game for Crosby, who was selected with the first pick in the NHL Entry Draft. Crosby, an 18-year-old, leads all NHL rookies with 18 points.
The last time the Penguins won a road game by four or more goals was Dec. 26, 2002, at the New York Rangers.
Recent call-ups Ryan Whitney and Erik Christensen, two more Penguins rookies, continued their strong play since they were summoned from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday. Christensen scored his first-career NHL goal, while Whitney had three more assists.
Crosby and Mark Recchi scored goals to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-0 lead in the first period.
Crosby scored his third goal of the season 4:40 into the game on the power play. Mario Lemieux sent a centering pass toward Sergei Gonchar in front of the Islanders goal, but the puck deflected right to Crosby, who slammed it past goalie Rick DiPietro. Recchi earned the other assist.
Recchi boosted Pittsburgh’s lead to 2-0 when he redirected Crosby’s pass into the net with his right skate with 4:33 remaining in the period. Lemieux earned the other assist.
Alexei Yashin sliced the Islanders’ deficit to 2-1 with 6:20 to play in the second period when he ripped a shot past Sebastien Caron.
Christensen and John LeClair both scored second-period goals to boost the Penguins’ lead to 4-1 over the Islanders at the second intermission.
Christensen’s goal boosted the Penguins’ lead to 3-1 with 4:17 left in the second. Christensen slammed in a rebound for his first NHL goal. Fellow rookie Whitney and Ziggy Palffy earned assists.
LeClair deflected Whitney’s shot past DiPietro in the final minute for a 4-1 Penguins advantage. Palffy had the other assist.
Crosby scored his second goal of the game as he roofed a pass from Lemieux for a power-play goal 4:01 into the third period. Whitney earned the other assist.
The Penguins (3-5-5) return to action Saturday when they travel to Boston at 7 p.m.
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