November 27, 2008
It was just 18 days ago that the Penguins and Islanders met at Nassau Coliseum with New York blowing a 3-1 lead and Pittsburgh winning 4-3 in a controversial shootout.
Tonight, the Islanders had a 3-0 lead and were dominating play until Penguins coach Michel Therrien went to old reliable. He paired Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the top line to spark some offense and that changed the whole complexion of the game. In a 5:35 span in the third period, the two Pittsburgh superstars combined for three goals and Malkin later added an empty-netter to seal the game and tally his third career hat-trick, that of the natural style.
I was at the game on November 8 and last night as well. Maybe I'm some sort of comeback good luck charm for the Pens? Once the Islanders went up 3-0, it was not good times for me. Just watching the way the Penguins were playing and being shut down by New York was frustrating, but expected. Whatever the reason, it seems whenever I'm at Nassau Coliseum for a match-up between these two, the Islanders always play Pittsburgh tough.
I'm hoping my magic continues the next two consecutive Wednesday nights when the Pens visit the Rangers and Devils.
Evgeni Malkin post-game interview