December 19, 2008

10 Days of Penguins Christmas: Malone's Double Breaks Senators

The year in hockey 2008 was a memorable one for the Pittsburgh Penguins and their fans. As we wind down the year, we'll be taking a look at 10 of the best moments of the past year in Penguins hockey.

After a 4-0 drubbing of Ottawa in Game 1, the Penguins found themselves on cruise control halfway through the second period of Game 2 when Petr Sykora's goal put them up 3-0. Things were spiraling out of control for the Senators, but :33 seconds later, Shean Donovan's goal cut the lead to two and gave Ottawa a glimmer of hope.

That glimmer turned into full on blindness after Cody Bass (yes, Cody Bass of all people) tied it with just under twelve minutes remaining in the third period. The crowd at Mellon Arena was quieter than a church and the fans felt like they had the wind knocked out of them. It was then that Martin Lapointe became a fan favorite in Pittsburgh.

Lapointe's high-sticking call with 1:14 remaining set up a faceoff in the Senators zone. Sidney Crosby, who's been improving on his faceoff skills the last two seasons, won the draw and cycled the puck down low. The puck wound up on Marian Hossa's backhand in front for a shot which was saved by Martin Gerber. Ryan Malone then peeled off his man, took the puck and swooped around the net for the eventual game-winning goal and likely dagger into the hearts of the Ottawa Senators.

Pittsburgh went on to win Game 3 4-1 and close out the series with a 3-1 victory for the sweep.

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