Sabourin Hot in Net as Penguins Win 2-1 in Shootout

The Pittsburgh Penguins got their first North American road win of the 2008-09 season on Monday night as they beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 after an extended shootout.  Backup Goaltender Dany Sabourin, playing in his first game of the season, was nothing short of outstanding as he turned aside 35 of 36 shots in regulation and 4-of-5 in the shootout.  Evgeni Malkin, shooting 5th in the shootout rotation, got the game winning goal as he beat Boston netminder Tim Thomas.  The win advances the Penguins record to 4-2-1 and 9-points in their first 7-games. 

In the 1st period, the Penguins found themselves short-handed far too many times as they picked up minor hooking penalties on Eric Godard, Sidney Crosby, and Miroslav Satan.  Eric Godard also picked up a matching 5-minute fighting penalty along with Shawn Thornton, although no significant punches were landed in the brief scrap.  At the end of Satan’s penalty, Sidney Crosby moved the puck up the ice passing the puck to Evgeni Malkin who fired a heavy shot in on Tim Thomas.  The rebound came out to the left circle where Satan, the late man streaking in from the penalty box, picked up the puck and roofed it over Thomas to make it 1-0.  It was Satan’s 4th goal in 5-games.  Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin picked up the assists.  Crosby has 7-points (1G, 6A) in his last 3-games, while Malkin has 8-points (1G, 7A) in the same timeframe.  The Penguins were 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and had no powerplay opportunities in the period, as they were outshot 16-10. 

In the 2nd period, the Penguins poured it on and threw 14-shots on goal but were unable to beat Tim Thomas.  The Bruins managed 11-shots, with Dany Sabourin stopping 10 as he gave up the lone goal while the Penguins were killing off a holding penalty to Jordan Staal.  Phil Kessel scored his 5th goal of the season with helpers from Andrew Ference and David Krejci.  At 19:14, Sidney Crosby and Marc Savard got into a scrap along the boards and they both went to the box for roughing. 

Into the 3rd, both teams tightened up significantly with the Bruins holding the Penguins to just 4-shots, while getting just 5-shots of their own.  There were no penalties called in the 3rd, and no scoring. 

In the overtime frame, it appeared that the Penguins would get the advantage to put it away as Marc Savard toook a hooking call at 3:08 to disrupt a quality scoring chance by Jordan Staal.  But just 17-seconds into the powerplay, Jordan Staal got his stick into a Bruins player and was called for a slash.  The remaining 1:35 was played 3-on-3 with some wide-open action, but Dany Sabourin and Tim Thomas continued their strong play as they each stopped 4-shots.

In the shootout, the Penguins shot first with Kris Letang losing the puck briefly and missing on a fairly good chance.  The Bruins first shooter, Phil Kessel, went to the backhand and beat Sabourin for the 1-goal advantage.  But Petr Sykora came right back with a backhand of his own and beat Tim Thomas at the other end of the rink to tie it up 1-1.  Tim Thomas then stopped Sidney Crosby and Dany Sabourin stopped Patrice Bergeron and Michael Ryder to send the shootout into extra rounds.  Miroslav Satan and David Krejci were both stopped in the 4th spot of the shootout.  Evgeni Malkin, shooting 5th, came in wide and then faked a shot to get Thomas to go down and then beat him with a snap shot to the left side of the net.  It was then up to Dany Sabourin, who put a punctuation mark on his outstanding night in net by stopping Marc Savard to win the game. 

The Penguins got 6-shots from Sidney Crosby, 4 from Evgeni Malkin, 4 from Tyler Kennedy and 3 from Petr Sykora.  Miroslav Satan had 2-shots on net and had the only regulation goal.  Maxime Talbot was a beast in the faceoff circle, winning 12/14 faceoffs, or 86%.  Mike Zigomanis continued his domination in the faceoff circle winning 7/12, or 58%.  Sidney Crosby was 9/20 (45%) and Jordan Staal was 7-/15 (47% ).  Evgeni Malkin was 0/5 in the faceoff circle.  Evgeni Malkin led all forwards in ice-time, logging 28 shifts and 24:58 TOI, including 4:06 on the powerplay and 1:47 on the kill.  On defense, Brooks Orpik led the pack with 28 shifts and 26:32 in TOI. 

The Penguins will get a few days off before they host the Carolina Hurricanes at Mellon Arena on Thursday night.

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