It was ugly and beautiful all at the same time. In another wild affair between the Penguins and Islanders, the Pens held on barely for the 6-4 win.
Goals from Kunitz, Crosby, Maatta, Letang, Malkin and Sutter paced the Penguins. Jeff Zatkoff wasn't at his best, but he did what he needed to do at times.
This game was the final meeting between the Pens and Isles. The Isles are stuck at 49 points, about 7 points out of a playoff spot. What is really scary is that if by some chance they did make the playoffs, they would probably sneak into that final wild card spot, and that would match them up with the Pens.
Tavares didn't get on the scoresheet, but he almost single-handly helped the Islanders tie the game in the third period. He drew two penalties setting up a late five on three that the Islanders couldn't convert. Can't battle between him and Crosby all night. Special player.
This was one of Maatta's better games of the season. He had assist and this disgusting goal...
There was a moment in the first period that showed what Sidney Crosby is about. Down 2-0, and getting thoroughly dominated, Crosby gathered his line before a faceoff in the Penguins zone.
Right after that faceoff they scored to make it 2-1. He scored again a few minutes later to make it 2-2. Really a tough pill to swallow for the people that don't think Sidney Crosby is a good leader.