Posted by TheHockeyGuy on February 12th, 2010
Unfortunately for the Islanders on a night they outplayed by the Penguins for some lengthy stretches, Evgeni Malkin knows what to do when the puck finds his stick.
Malkin took advantage of a couple of favorable bounces to score a goal and set up one of Chris Kunitz’s two goals and the Penguins bounced back from a pair of road losses to beat the slumping Islanders 3-1 last night.
“It’s tough. When you have guys like [Sidney] Crosby and Malkin on the ice, those guys make things happen,” Islanders coach Scott Gordon said. “It’s pretty consistent with every shift they have. That’s where their team is at now, and that’s where we aspire to be.”
With Kunitz scoring his first two goals since Dec. 29, the Penguins shook off a 5-4 loss Sunday to Washington in which they couldn’t hold a 4-1 lead to win their seventh in a row at home against the Islanders.
The Islanders lost their eighth in nine games as Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 37 of 38 shots — though it was defenseman Kris Letang who made the save of the night.
With Fleury occupied at the other side of the net, Letang sprawled along the crease to stop Matt Moulson’s shot in the first period. Right about then, the Islanders probably knew what kind of night it would be.
“What I liked was a lot of pucks were hitting him [Fleury] in the chest and that means he was being aggressive. He didn’t have to make a lot of spectacular saves,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said.
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