Pittsburgh Penguins Need Sidney Crosby on Track with His New Linemates

December 10th, 2014 by Carol Schram Leave a reply »

On Monday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins did an admirable job of weathering their latest injury storm with a strong game and a third-period comeback that helped them seize a point on the road against the New York Rangers.

Though Sidney Crosby is now goalless in his last seven games—a career-high slump, according to Josh Cooper of Yahoo's Puck Daddy—he showed some nice chemistry on Monday with his latest linemates, Nick Spaling and Steve Downie.

"Downie especially did a great job of getting Crosby the puck with short little dishes as he was coming up the ice at full speed," explained Michelle Crechiolo of Penguins.com after the game. "That allowed Crosby to gain the zone and jump-start a few good offensive zone shifts."

Both in their first seasons with Pittsburgh, neither Spaling nor Downie is known as an especially skilled forward, but each finished the night on Monday with a goal and an assist.

Spaling opened the scoring midway though the first period on a terrific feed from Crosby, while Downie tallied the game-tying goal with 4:19 in the third on a setup from Spaling.

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