The New York Islanders have heard this story before. New York took a two-goal lead into the second intermission, but couldn’t find the horses needed to run with the Pittsburgh Penguins down the stretch. Sidney Crosby took the game over in the third period, scoring a power-play goal eight minutes in to knot the contest at two-all.
That tally eventually sent the game into overtime, where Crosby rang up the game winner as well.
That’s a ridiculous and impressive play by the best forward in the game today, folks. Crosby isn’t typically hailed for his two-way acumen, but he’s no slouch on the backcheck either. With Thomas Vanek attempting a sloppy pass out of the defensive zone to John Tavares, Crosby picked off a loose puck and turned the play on its head.
The defense was already moving up ice behind Vanek, and Crosby was able to hit a few cross-over strides before bolting for the net. He somehow manages to bust through both defenders while fighting off stick checks. The shot is a bit of a knuckler, but Anders Nilsson didn’t have a chance to make the stop.
Nilsson’s response might be the purest thing about this stretch of action. It’s tough to tell if he’s saying “what the he– guys, trip him or something!” or shaking his head in bewilderment. Either way, the goalie was handed his second consecutive loss after regulation and the Islanders haven’t won in seven games.