Hat tricks help Penguins snap losing streak

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The Penguins snapped a season-worst three-game losing streak in a big way, blistering the New York Islanders, 9-2, tonight at Mellon Arena.

The Penguins opened the scoring at 6:25 of the first period when Pascal Dupuis' shot from along the left boards trickled behind Islanders goaltender Joey MacDonald.

They made it 2-0 at 13:49 of the first period during a five-on-three advantage when center Sidney Crosby sent the puck through the crease, where it knuckled off winger Matt Cooke's stick before Miroslav Satan swept in and poked it behind MacDonald.

New York cut its deficit in half on Trent Streit's slap shot from the top of the right circle for a power-play goal at 16:54 of the first period.

The Penguins answered with two quick goals.

Eleven seconds after Streit's goal, Petr Sykora's slap shot from the top of the right circle eluded MacDonald to make it 3-1. After another 39 seconds, at 18:19, defenseman Philippe Boucher made it 4-1 with a shot from the left point that went through traffic and under MacDonald's pads.

It was the first goal of the season and as a Penguins player for Boucher, who had missed the previous six games because of apparent concussion-like symptoms.

The Penguins outshot New York, 19-5, in the first period and continued to pour it on in the second period after Yann Danis replaced MacDonald in net for the Islanders.

Evgeni Malkin put in a rebound of a shot by Sykora at 2:12 to make it 5-1, and Sykora upped it to 6-1 at 7:53 when his shot from the slot trickled in under Danis.

Sykora poked the puck in the net again at 9:54, but that was disallowed because the whistle had blow. However, he netted a power-play goal off a centering pass from Crosby at 15:42 to make it 7-1.

It was the first career hat trick for Sykora after 38 two-goal games.

Dupuis ran it to 8-1 at 19:29 of the second period when he scored off a feed from Jordan Staal.

The Islanders made it 8-2 when Andy Sutton launched the puck over Curry's right shoulder at 13:06 of the third period.

Dupuis bagged his first career hat trick when he scored on a backhand shot at 16:48 of the third period to finished off a two-on-one break with Matt Cooke to make it 9-2.

Shelly Anderson can be reached at shanderson@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1721.


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