October 18, 2008
Curtis Joseph hadn't been in a net for a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in six years. After tonight, he is likely hoping that's the last he'll see of them in his career.
Sidney Crosby shone yet again on Hockey Night in Canada, potted a goal and adding three assists while Evgeni Malkin was good for four helpers tonight in a 4-1 Pittsburgh victory. Crosby's goal was his first of the season and 100th of his career, while his three assists helped the 21-year old reach the 200 assist and 300 point plateau. Malkin's big night helped him surpass the 200 point mark in his career.
The reunion of Crosby and Malkin on Pittsburgh's top line, along with Pascal Dupuis, contributed nine points, something the Penguins offense needed. Marc-Andre Fleury was solid, making 26 saves while the Pittsburgh defense was able to hold the lead despite having to kill six power-plays.
Penguins coach Michel Therrien will probably not keep Crosby and Malkin together for the long-haul, so in that time they are together, it's imperative that the other lines contribute on the scoreboard. Failure to do so will result in Pittsburgh turning into the Ottawa Senators over the past few years and known as being a one line team. The pressure is on Jordan Staal, Miroslav Satan, Ruslan Fedotenko, and Petr Sykora to step up and be able to score even-strength, not having to rely on the power-play.