Penguins @ Islanders Recap

For the Islanders, it was NHL rookie John Tavares first NHL game. The opening goal was from Penguins captain Sidney Crosby 8:50 into the hockey game. That was Sid’s 399th point of his career. Then Mark Streit scored a powerplay goal at 12:40, Tavares got his first NHL point on that play with an assist. John Tavares scored his first NHL goal, 7:09 of the second period.”This looks like another really good player … a really special player with talented skills,” Pens coach Dan Bylsma said of Tavares. The score was 2-1 going into the 3rd period. Mark Eaton had scored to tie the game 2-2, but shortly after that goal, Trent Hunter scored for the Islanders to regain the lead they had. It wasn’t looking good for the pens but Ruslan Fedotenko’s shot had deflected off New York Islander defenceman Bruno Gervais, which tied the game at 3, and was assisted by Sidney Crosby that earned him his 400th point, which made him the 6th fastest player to do.

These two teams had to go into overtime to find the winner of this game, but that 5 minute OT period was not enough to determine the winner. It went into a shoot out, with Islander Jeff Tambellini opening it up with a shot that hit the crossbar. Kris Letang was up for the Penguins and scored. Rookie John Tavares was up next for the Islanders. His shot had missed the net, so if Sidney Crosby scores it would be game over. Sidney did so with a five hole goal, “It was a great challenge out there,” Tavares said of going up against Crosby. “You can see why he’s one of the best players in the world, if not the best. He’s a great player and he’s a great leader, as well.” Final score. 4-3

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~ by ufo51 on October 4, 2009.

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