Sidney Crosby still hasn't scored against goaltender Evgeni Nabokov in his career.
His consolation Sunday night in the Penguins' 6-1 win against Nabokov and the New York Islanders was five assists.
Which means Crosby's teammates were doing a whole lot of scoring, thanks at least in part to him.
In this game, the Penguins' fifth win in a row, the glamour names piled up the points. Chris Kunitz had a hat trick plus two assists to match his centerman's five points. The other winger on that line, Pascal Dupuis, had two goals.
Winger James Neal chipped in with a goal and two assists, and defenseman Kris Letang had two assists.
A prominent name was missing. Center Evgeni Malkin sat out because of an unspecified injury and, according to coach Dan Bylsma, will miss one to two weeks.
Malkin got hurt Saturday in the third period of a 5-4 shootout win at Toronto, presumably on a check by Maple Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk.
The defending NHL scoring leader and MVP has five goals, 24 points in 21 games and recently missed four games because of a concussion, but Bylsma indicated Malkin does not have a concussion.
"That is not a concern," Bylsma said.
Playing without him in a condensed season because of an earlier lockout could be.
"It's not a guy we're going to replace," Crosby said. "Everyone knows that. I think everyone probably puts a little more pressure on themselves, but we don't want to change too much with the way that we play and our identity."
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/penguins/kunitz-records-hat-trick-in-fifth-win-in-a-row-for-penguins-678796/#ixzz2NEASqA8E
Kunitz records hat trick, Penguins whip Islanders, 5-1
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Mar 11