Sidney Crosby Was The Eleventh Penguin In Franchise History To Reach 100 Points In A Season And Tonight Malkin Became The Twelfth As Pittsburgh Obliterates New Jersey 7-1 Taking First Place In The Atlantic Division
Saturday March 22, 2008
For the last two seasons Sidney Crosby became one of the few Pittsburgh Penguins in history to reach 100 points in a season, Evgeni Malkin hit the mark with two goals and an assist tonight as Pittsburgh clobbered New Jersey 7-1. Had Sidney Crosby not injured his right ankle this season, missing 26 of the last 29 games, he would have reached the 100 point mark again. Even with Sidney Crosby out of the line up, The Pittsburgh Penguins are on fire this season as illustrated by their victory over The New Jersey Devils tonight.
Tonight's game was the third time in five games that The Penguins have scored 7 goals in a game. The Penguins won 4 of their last 5 games and scored a team season high 7 goals in 3 of the games, all without captain Sidney Crosby. The victory broke a tie between The Penguins and The Devils who were leading the Atlantic division, both chasing The Canadiens for first in the Eastern Conference. Montreal managed to win their game tonight against Boston, 3-2, during the shootout to continue holding first place in The East, just one point ahead of Pittsburgh.
Evgeni Malkin scored both his goals and earned an assist all in the third period of the game giving him 3 points tonight (102 in total this season and 4 behind league leader Alexander Ovechkin in a race for the Art Ross Trophy). The 100 points in a season mark has only been reached 28 times in franchise history by only 12 different Penguins players. Sidney Crosby reached the 100 point mark twice and Mario Lemieux did it nine times. The other's to reach 100 points in a season are Pierre Larouche, Jean Pronovost, Paul Coffey, Rob Brown, Mark Recchi, Kevin Stevens, Rick Tocchet, Ron Francis, and Jaromir Jagr. While Evgeni Malkin became part of franchise history by surpassing 100 points he wasn’t the only Penguin picking up three points tonight against The Devils.
Marian Hossa also picked up 3 points in tonight’s hockey game by first assisting on Jarkko Ruutu’s first period goal and first of the game, followed by assisting on the first two goals of the third period scored by Ryan Malone and Pascal Dupuis. That was Ryan Malone’s second goal of the game, his first was the only one scored during the second period. That second period goal broke the 1-1 tie that was carried over from the first period. While Pittsburgh’s Ruutu scored the first goal of the game during the first period, New Jersey’s Brian Gionta assisted by John Madden also notched a goal during the first period. This was the only goal for The New Jersey Devils. The Penguins’ Petr Sykora was the other hockey player who recorded a goal. Sykora’s goal was the seventh and final one of the game assisted by Evgeni Malkin.
Evgeni Malkin now has six assists and five goals (11 points) while playing 7 out of 8 games against New Jersey this season. Malkin has earned at least one point in all of these games. Malkin will have another chance pick up a point while playing against The Devils this coming Tuesday.
The Pittsburgh Penguins eighth and final regular season game against The New Jersey Devils takes place on Tuesday March 25, 2008. According to reports there is a chance Sidney Crosby will be in the line up for the game. In fact, after skating most of this week on his own for conditioning and to allow his ankle to stregthen, Sidney Crosby joined his teammates for the morning skate prior to tonight’s game for the first time in almost two weeks. Furthermore, Shelly Anderson of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Sidney Crosby "did not rule out playing in games (Monday) night against the New York Islanders and Tuesday in a rematch with the Devils."
Interestingly, the same report went on to say there is every reason to believe Sidney Crosby will be back for the Stanly Cup playoffs, following that he would love to play for Team Canada in the IIHF World Championships taking place May 2-18, 2008, in Quebec City and his home town of Halifax, Nova Scotia (during this event Mario Lemieux will be inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame). The report quoted Sidney Crosby as saying, "The perfect situation would be to win a Stanley Cup and then have the World Championships in Halifax."
Without getting too far ahead by discussing the IIHF World Championshiops and Sidney Crosby in the Stanley Cup playoffs, there are several more games left during the regular season. We have yet to see Marian Hossa playing with Sidney Crosby but it looks like that day is coming soon. With The Penguins scoring 7 goals a game lately against teams like The Devils (March 22), The Flyers (March 16), and The Sabres (March 12), imagine how the supercharged offensive line up of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Marian Hossa will trample every defensive line during the Stanley Cup playoffs.
For now the Sidney Crosby-less Penguins
are doing fantastic as can be seen in The Penguins 7-1 victory over
The Devils tonight. Another excellent detailed game
recap has been written by Jodie over at The Sidney Crosby Show Blog.
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