Stat Trick: Pittsburgh Penguins 7, New York Islanders 3

April 9th, 2010 by Eric Hornick Leave a reply »
The Penguins closed out the regular season history of Mellon Arena by beating the Isles 7-3 on Thursday night.  On to the Trick:

1. After a lengthy pregame ceremony, the Penguins jumped on the Isles in the opening minute as Brooks Orpik scored just 23 seconds in.  Alex Goligoski doubled the Pens' advantage 5:01 into play on the powerplay.  The teams traded four more goals in the period with Matt Molulson and Kyle Okposo scoring for the Isles and Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby responding for the Pens to give Pittsburgh a 4-2 lead after 20 minutes.

2. Josh Bailey's 16th (and final) goal of the season brought the Isles within 4-3, but ex-Isle captain Bill Guerin deflected in a Crosby shot on the power play and Tyler Kennedy scored two minutes later to blow the game open, at 6-3 after two periods.

3.  Guerin's second goal early in the third gave the Penguins a 7-3 advantage. After the Isles failed to capitalize on a five minute power play when Alex Ponikarovsky was tossed (and later suspended two games) for boarding Josh Bailey, the game (and Mellon Arena's regular season history) was essentially over.

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