Atlanta Thrashers Schedule: Thrashers Lose Rough Game To Pittsburgh Penguins

Crosby gets two goals and two assists to extend the Penguins' win streak to nine games at home over the Thrashers.

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Atlanta Thrashers At Pittsburgh Penguins: Final Score - Penguins 6, Thrashers 3

Crosby didn’t get a hat trick tonight, but he did have two goals and two assists in the Penguins’ 6-3 rout of the Thrashers. Tonight marked the first time all season that Ondrej Pavelec has allowed more than four goals, and chances are good that Pavs might need a few excellent games to get his stats to recover from tonight’s.

Just nine seconds into the period, Chris Kunitz wristed a goal past Pavelec to make the game 4-2. Thirteen minutes later, Mark Letestu got a puck past Pavs, and three minutes and sixteen seconds after that, Matt Cooke tipped a Sidney Crosby shot in to put the Penguins up by four. Eric Boulton scored to bring Atlanta within three, but it was too late.

The Penguins proved why they’re the Eastern Conference’s best team tonight. Washington’s win puts them back into first place, and the Thrashers are now five points back of something that they held as recently as last Tuesday. The Thrashers will have Thursday night to make up some ground if they can defeat the Boston Bruins, which might be a bit more stressful of a matchup than usual, considering the line brawl that broke out last game.

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Atlanta Thrashers At Pittsburgh Penguins: Thrashers Still Can't Stop Sidney Crosby

The Thrashers played a solid first period, as far as playing against the Pittsburgh Penguins as a team goes. Playing against Sid the Kid? Not so well. At all.

Evander Kane opened the scoring at just 47 seconds into the game, wristing one past Marc Andre Fleury. The entire first period showed a good, fast presence of the Thrashers’ second line for the night. The line of Kane-Alexander Burmistrov-Bryan Little has been fast and zippy and have created the most chances for the Thrashers.

Ten minutes later, Crosby scored a powerplay goal (awarded on a Tobias Enstrom penalty) to extend his point streak to 25 games. Left completely uncovered to Pavelec’s left, he snapped home a shot from Chris Letang.

On a powerplay of their own, the Thrashers got the goal back with a shot from the point by Dustin Byfuglien. Buff sent the pass from Enstrom high over sprawling Penguins defenders, off the crossbar, and down behind Fleury, who was challenging far out in front of his crease.

Sidney Crosby, again, scored on a bit of a break-away snapping a shot past Ondrej Pavelec’s extended glove, ending the period at a 2-2 tie. Crosby and Evgeny Malkin have score the past nine goals that the Thrashers have allowed to the Penguins.

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