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Crosby hits 500 mark

Last night’s game against the New York Islanders was a big deal in so many ways. The Penguins were coming off of a tough loss to Washington and not happy with the way they had been playing. Evgeni Malkin was back in the line-up after missing several games due to injuries and illness and Sidney Crosby had 48 goals going into the night’s contest, tied with Alexander Ovechkin for the most in the league. Most important however, was that the game marked the last regular season game to ever be played at the Mellon Arena.

Built in 1961, Mellon Arena has always been the home of the Pittsburgh Penguins. They have won 3 Stanley Cup’s in that building. Prior to last nights match-up the Penguins organization honored over 50 important people from past and present. Starting in August of 2010, the Pens will move across the street to the Consol Energy Center. What is to be done with the old historic arena is yet to be determined.

Malkin proved to the Pens why it is so important to have him dressed on the ice. Malkin scored with under four minutes left in the first period when he intercepted a pass from Islander rookie John Tavares and raced down the ice, both defenders hot on his heels. Malkin has recorded a point in each of his past 3 contests.

What should have been a team send off to an ice house full of memories turned into the Sidney Crosby Show. Crosby notched his 500th career point and finished the game with 1 goal and 3 assists. It was thought that he netted his 50th goal of the season, but after further review, just as Crosby thought, the puck he fired from the point on the power play did indeed deflect off of Bill Guerin who was poised in front of the net. Crosby now temporarily leads the race for the Rocket, will have the chance to get that 50th goal this weekend against Atlanta on Saturday and New York again on Sunday.

NOTE: Alexei Ponikarovsky suspended 2 games. See that post here.

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