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Crosby gets 49th goal as Pens roll

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby took the league lead with his 49th goal and became the third-youngest player to reach 500 points, leading the Penguins to a 7-3 rout of the Islanders on Thursday in the final regular-season game in Mellon Arena.

With the Penguins and Devils fighting for the Atlantic Division title and the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, both have 99 points with two games remaining, but the Devils own the tiebreaker. New Jersey lost 3-2 to Florida on Thursday.

On a night the Penguins brought back more than 50 former players, coaches and executives to celebrate the arena in which the team has played since its inception in 1967, Crosby finished with four points, also assisting on two goals by Bill Guerin and one by Alex Goligoski. That gave him 104 for the season and 502 in his five-season career. The only players younger than Crosby (22 years, 244 days) to hit 500 faster were Wayne Gretzky (21 years, 52 days) and former Penguins star Mario Lemieux (22 years, 172 days).

Crosby has the league goals lead by one over the Capitals' Alex Ovechkin and the Lightning's Steven Stamkos.

Game highlights: The Bruins won 3-1 over the Sabres to move out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the East and into a sixth. They have 87 points along with the Canadiens, a 5-2 loser to the Hurricanes, but they have a game in hand on Montreal.

Around the league: The Hurricanes will host next season's All-Star Game.

at Penguins 4 2 1 7
Islanders 2 1 0 3
at Penguins 4 2 1 7
Islanders 2 1 0 3

First Period1, Pittsburgh, Orpik 2 (Kennedy, Cooke), :23. 2, Pittsburgh, Goligoski 8 (Crosby, Gonchar), 5:01 (pp). 3, NYI, Moulson 28 (Streit, Tavares), 8:29 (pp). 4, Pittsburgh, Malkin 26, 15:15. 5, NYI, Okposo 18 (Tambellini, Meyer), 17:08. 6, Pittsburgh, Crosby 49 (Dupuis, Guerin), 19:02. PenaltiesMalkin, Pit (roughing), 1:58; MacDonald, NYI (high-sticking), 3:17; Jackman, NYI (holding), 6:04; Crosby, Pit (interference), 7:14; Fedotenko, Pit (interference), 10:20; Gillies, NYI, major (fighting), 18:17; Rupp, Pit, major (fighting), 18:17.

Second Period7, NYI, Bailey 16 (Streit, MacDonald), 6:49. 8, Pittsburgh, Guerin 20 (Crosby, Gonchar), 14:34 (pp). 9, Pittsburgh, Kennedy 13 (Staal, Eaton), 16:41. PenaltiesSim, NYI (tripping), 2:38; Streit, NYI (slashing), 14:22; Letang, Pit (holding), 17:51.

Third Period10, Pittsburgh, Guerin 21 (Dupuis, Crosby), 1:46. PenaltiesPonikarovsky, Pit, major-game misconduct (boarding), 3:01; Tambellini, NYI (slashing), 8:09; Fleury, Pit, served by Kennedy (tripping), 11:26; Jackman, NYI (roughing), 13:53; Orpik, Pit (roughing), 13:53; Gillies, NYI (roughing), 19:19; Crosby, Pit (interference), 19:43. Shots on GoalNYI 13-14-8—35. Pittsburgh 10-14-11—35. Power-play opportunitiesNYI 1 of 6; Pittsburgh 2 of 6. GoaliesNYI, Biron 9-13-4 (10 shots-6 saves), Roloson (0:00 second, 25-22). Pittsburgh, Fleury 37-20-6 (35-32). A17,132 (16,940).

at Hurricanes 0 2 3 5
Canadiens 0 1 1 2

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesHarrison, Car (tripping), :11.

Second Period1, Carolina, Staal 27 (Jokinen, LaRose), 1:24. 2, Carolina, LaRose 10 (Staal, Kostopoulos), 4:51. 3, Montreal, Gionta 27 (Moore, Markov), 11:21. PenaltiesNone.

Third Period4, Carolina, Staal 28 (McBain, Rodney), 2:42 (pp). 5, Montreal, Bergeron 12 (Gomez, Gionta), 3:03. 6, Carolina, LaRose 11 (Staal, McBain), 17:22. 7, Carolina, Staal 29 (LaRose), 18:45 (en). PenaltiesMoen, Mon (tripping), 1:51; T.Conboy, Car (tripping), 8:13. Shots on GoalMontreal 7-9-16—32. Carolina 10-14-9—33. Power-play opportunitiesMontreal 0 of 2; Carolina 1 of 1. GoaliesMontreal, Halak 26-13-4 (32 shots-28 saves). Carolina, Ward 18-22-5 (32-30). A18,680 (18,680).

at Panthers 0 1 2 3
Devils 0 1 1 2

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesZajac, NJ (high-sticking), 18:39.

Second Period1, New Jersey, Elias 17 (Zubrus, Parise), :59. 2, Florida, Frolik 20 (Horton, Ballard), 6:03. PenaltiesBallard, Fla (slashing), 15:43.

Third Period3, Florida, Dvorak 14 (Olesz, Matthias), 1:14. 4, Florida, Horton 19 (Garrison, Frolik), 12:23. 5, New Jersey, Mottau 3 (Clarkson, Martin), 14:46. PenaltiesClarkson, NJ, major (fighting), 2:07; Tarnasky, Fla, major (fighting), 2:07; Horton, Fla (hooking), 18:27. Shots on GoalNew Jersey 11-11-22—44. Florida 9-4-5—18. Power-play opportunitiesNew Jersey 0 of 2; Florida 0 of 1. GoaliesNew Jersey, Brodeur 43-25-6 (18 shots-15 saves). Florida, Clemmensen 9-7-1 (44-42). A15,273 (19,250).

at Bruins 0 1 2 3
Sabres 1 0 0 1

First Period1, Buffalo, Roy 25 (Gerbe, Stafford), 11:00. PenaltiesButler, Buf (tripping), 2:01; Ennis, Buf (hooking), 11:20; Thornton, Bos (roughing), 15:41; Gerbe, Buf (tripping), 17:36.

Second Period2, Boston, Satan 9 (Krejci), 2:15. PenaltiesSekera, Buf (interference), 4:30; Hunwick, Bos (holding stick), 7:13; Lydman, Buf (delay of game), 10:17.

Third Period3, Boston, Wideman 6 (Sobotka, Wheeler), 1:59. 4, Boston, Recchi 18 (Chara, Lucic), 16:35. PenaltiesGerbe, Buf (roughing), 8:25; Sobotka, Bos (roughing), 8:25; Hunwick, Bos (cross-checking), 11:23. Shots on GoalBuffalo 6-14-12—32. Boston 10-11-13—34. Power-play opportunitiesBuffalo 0 of 3; Boston 0 of 5. GoaliesBuffalo, Lalime 4-7-2 (34 shots-31 saves). Boston, Rask 21-12-5 (32-31). A17,565 (17,565).

Crosby gets 49th goal as Pens roll 04/08/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 8, 2010 11:07pm]
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