For the Hurricanes recap check out Canes Country.
If only the Pittsburgh Penguins' goals were collected in some sort of bank account. I would have easily withdrawn two or three goals from tonight and deposited them into last night's box score against the Rangers. But hey, what can ya do? (Other than rely on Montreal to smack down NY...)
Sid ran rampant over the Carolina Hurricanes, setting up four goals for yet another stellar offensive night. I'm also happy to announce the power play is working again. Yup, you heard right. If tonight's win is an indication of anything then it aint broke no mo.
The Pens were 2-for-3 with the man advantage, as Petr Sykora stepped up as the big shot on both occasions. I can't imagine how frustrating it must be to regularly come this close to a hat trick and fall short. I bet every Pens fan was pulling for him tonight too.
Back-to-back games would've suggested John Curry would get the start tonight. Surprisingly Dany Sabourin was back in net against the Canes after going the distance in last night's shootout loss against the Blueshirts. He looked ten times better and may have even been challenged more by the Canes. Sabu was definitely up for it, fresh on his skates and made some saves that easily could've been Carolina rally goals. Solid third period play.
Pascal Dupuis also found his way on the stat sheet again with his first period goal that put the Pens ahead 2-0. Rumor has it Michel Therrien benched him last week in hopes of firing the grinder up again. I guess it's safe to say it's working.
As expected Janne Pesonen and Chris Minard were quiet, but they may likely stick with the parent club through the weekend. Of course there's no word on either Tyler Kennedy or Michael Zigomanis, but speculation would leave them off the roster for the next game against the Senators. With the Pens wrapping up their grueling three games in four day road schedule this Saturday in Ottawa, it's likely we won't see them before Monday when the Pens return to Pitt to play the Sabres.
All in all this was an exciting offensive display. At times it didn't look like it would let up. Sid is on fire lately and it's only going to get better from here.
The good: Petr Sykora's two goals.
The better: Dany Sabourin's intense goaltending.
The best: Sidney Crosby's four assists.
Next game: Saturday. 2:00. Senators.