Islanders vs. Penguins: 2 in a Row for New York?

February 11th, 2011 by Daniel Friedman Leave a reply »
No Sidney Crosby? No Evgeni Malkin? Apparently, no problem.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have found ways to win, despite playing without their top-two players, and the rest of the league better take notice. The Penguins have been playing some fantastic hockey since Crosby and Malkin originally went down with injuries, and tonight they run into a team that makes their injury problems seem insignificant: The New York Islanders.

The interesting thing about the Penguins is that whenever they seem to have some sort of streak going, whether it be an individual player or team streak, the New York Islanders always seem to be their Kryptonite:

1) 1975 Playoffs: Pens take 3-0 series lead on the Isles, only to watch New York storm back and win the series.

2) 1993 Playoffs: Pens lose to the Isles in seven games on an OT goal by David Volek. The Penguins had won two Stanley Cups in a row.

3) February 2007: Crosby and Co. hadn't lost in over a month in regulation time, until President's day '07, when Mike Sillinger scored the tie-breaker with 26 seconds left in the 3rd period to give the Isles the win.

4) December 2010: The Isles ...

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