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Satan, Sykora help Penguins edge Oilers

Nov 7, 2008 - 4:20 AM By Chris Adamski PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins thought they were on their way to a rout, but the Edmonton Oilers had no intention of letting them turn it into a laugher.

Miroslav Satan and Petr Sykora each tallied twice as the Penguins held on for a 5-4 victory over the Oilers after nearly squandering a five-goal lead on Thursday.

Satan and Maxime Talbot scored in the first period, and Sykora tallied twice in 99-second span midway through the second to highlight a three-goal outburst in the session as the Penguins built a 5-0 lead.

"It was up and down with no defense," Sykora said. "It's fun to play, but it doesn't work in this league anymore, and we almost paid for that one."

Fernando Pisani and defensemen Tom Gilbert and Sheldon Souray helped the Oilers rally back, while Ales Hemsky extended his streak of points on the road to seven games with a goal in the third. Hemsky has notched at least one point in nine of the Oilers' 10 road contests this season.

"We let them hang around," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. "We got caught, really, not playing the right way (and) started to cheat a bit."

Evgeni Malkin collected three assists in support of Marc-Andre Fleury, who made 27 saves in helping Pittsburgh post its second straight win following a three-game losing skid.

Satan opened the scoring 9:14 into the first, and the Penguins got a shorthanded goal less than seven minutes later to double the lead. Crosby collected a loose puck along the boards in his own zone and carried it down the ice on a 2-on-1 rush with Talbot, who banked in a rebound from the right side.

"I think it was an exciting game for the fans, but not for us," Satan said. "We just made it a little harder on ourselves than we had to."

Satan scored his second of the game at 7:05 of the second and Sykora followed with his first less than 4 1/2 minutes later. Sykora increased the bulge to 5-0 on the power play, grabbing the rebound of Malkin's slap shot from the point and tapping it past netminder Mathieu Garon from the left side of the crease.

"Halfway through the game, we were playing a great hockey game," Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien said. "We started to be really sloppy midway through the second period. That's why we lost momentum. We lost our focus, the way we are supposed to play.

"We were glad to get the two points, but in the meantime, it was a good lesson. We lost total momentum in this game, and it was tough to get it back."

Oilers coach Craig MacTavish pulled Garon after he allowed five goals on only 20 shots, and something started to click with Edmonton's offense shortly thereafter.

"We did a lot of things well early, we just were running into trouble in front of our net," Oilers captain Ethan Moreau said. "We need to get into a little better shooting lanes. They've got some pretty good players and they played real well tonight, but it definitely shouldn't have been 5-0."

Pisani scored with 87 seconds left in the middle period, when his backhander from the right faceoff circle sailed over the shoulders of Fleury, cutting the deficit to 5-1.

Gilbert began Edmonton's third-period surge with a wrister just 2:57 into the session and Hemsky capitalized on a mistake 28 seconds later to draw the Oilers within two. Hemsky took advantage of defenseman Rob Scuderi's turnover at the blue line and converted a backhander on a breakaway.

"It was great resilience by this team to come out and get themselves back in the game like that," MacTavish said.

Less than two minutes later, Pittsburgh received a five-minute power play - including a 5-on-3 for two minutes courtesy of a roughing penalty on Souray. After serving his infraction, the blue-liner emerged from the penalty box, received a pass from Kyle Brodziak and beat Fleury on a breakaway to pull the Oilers within 5-4.

"With the way it is now, you can just never quit on the game," Souray said. "We were positive and we had a feeling we could come back in between the second and the third. It's always easier to say than do, but we had some good efforts in the third. Just too little, too late."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    EDMONTON 0 1 3 4
    PITTSBURGH 2 3 0 5 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - MIROSLAV SATAN 7 (BROOKS ORPIK, RUSLAN FEDOTENKO) 9:14
    PIT - (SH) MAXIME TALBOT 3 (SIDNEY CROSBY) 15:58
    2ND PRD: PIT - MIROSLAV SATAN 8 (EVGENI MALKIN, ALEX GOLIGOSKI) 7:05
    (WITH EXTRA ATTACKER)
    PIT - PETR SYKO

    Nov 6 9:40 PM
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    Oilers 4, Penguins 5  3rd - 0:23Nov 6 9:36 PM


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    EDMONTON 4
    PITTSBURGH 5
    3RD PRD: EDM - (SH) SHELDON SOURAY 4 (UNASSISTED) 8:59

    Oilers 4, Penguins 5  3rd - 11:01Nov 6 9:16 PM


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    EDMONTON 3
    PITTSBURGH 5
    3RD PRD: EDM - ALES HEMSKY 4 (UNASSISTED) 3:25

    Oilers 3, Penguins 5  3rd - 16:35Nov 6 9:03 PM


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    EDMONTON 2
    PITTSBURGH 5
    3RD PRD: EDM - TOM GILBERT 1 (DUSTIN PENNER, ERIK COLE) 2:57

    Oilers 2, Penguins 5  3rd - 17:03Nov 6 9:01 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    EDMONTON 0 1 1
    PITTSBURGH 2 3 5 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - MIROSLAV SATAN 7 (BROOKS ORPIK, RUSLAN FEDOTENKO) 9:14
    PIT - (SH) MAXIME TALBOT 3 (SIDNEY CROSBY) 15:58
    2ND PRD: PIT - MIROSLAV SATAN 8 (EVGENI MALKIN, ALEX GOLIGOSKI) 7:05
    (WITH EXTRA ATTACKER)
    PI

    Nov 6 8:39 PM


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    EDMONTON 1
    PITTSBURGH 5
    2ND PRD: EDM - FERNANDO PISANI 2 (STEVE STAIOS, ETHAN MOREAU) 18:33

    Oilers 1, Penguins 5  2nd - 1:27Nov 6 8:37 PM


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    EDMONTON 0
    PITTSBURGH 5
    2ND PRD: PIT - (PP) PETR SYKORA 3 (EVGENI MALKIN, KRISTOPHER LETANG)
    13:03

    Oilers 0, Penguins 5  2nd - 6:57Nov 6 8:26 PM


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    EDMONTON 0
    PITTSBURGH 4
    2ND PRD: PIT - PETR SYKORA 2 (EVGENI MALKIN) 11:24

    Oilers 0, Penguins 4  2nd - 8:36Nov 6 8:22 PM


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    EDMONTON 0
    PITTSBURGH 3
    2ND PRD: PIT - MIROSLAV SATAN 8 (EVGENI MALKIN, ALEX GOLIGOSKI) 7:05
    (WITH EXTRA ATTACKER)

    Oilers 0, Penguins 3  2nd - 12:55Nov 6 8:16 PM
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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    EDMONTON 0 0
    PITTSBURGH 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - MIROSLAV SATAN 7 (BROOKS ORPIK, RUSLAN FEDOTENKO) 9:14
    PIT - (SH) MAXIME TALBOT 3 (SIDNEY CROSBY) 15:58
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    EDM 7 7
    PIT

    Nov 6 7:42 PM


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    EDMONTON 0
    PITTSBURGH 2
    1ST PRD: PIT - (SH) MAXIME TALBOT 3 (SIDNEY CROSBY) 15:58

    Oilers 0, Penguins 2  1st - 4:02Nov 6 7:36 PM


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    EDMONTON 0
    PITTSBURGH 1
    1ST PRD: PIT - MIROSLAV SATAN 7 (BROOKS ORPIK, RUSLAN FEDOTENKO) 9:14

    Oilers 0, Penguins 1  1st - 10:46Nov 6 7:24 PM
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