This time it wasn't Sidney Crosby that would get a hat trick to help the Pens beat the Rangers in Madison Square Garden 5-2, it was Mike Rupp with his first. With his son Mason wanting a goal tonight for his birthday, Rupp instead gave him three, along with a puck. Not bad for a birthday gift. Crosby added two more goals to bring his season total up to 17.
- Crosby is having a nice hot streak lately with having a hat trick and a five point night on Saturday and another two goals today. He now has 17 goals which is only one behind Ovechkin, who was hurt tonight by his own doing (see below).
- Gogo didn't play as it appears he has aggravated a groin injury.
- Mike Rupp has now surpassed his career high six goals in a season already with eight. We're not even half way done with the season yet and Rupp has two more goals than his career high? Nuts. Pittsburgh seems to be good for him.
- That Crosby backhander goal sure was nice, wasn't it?
Alexander Ovechkin decided tonight that a knee-on-knee hit was a good idea and ended up on the wrong side of it. He was the one that was left down on the ice in pain. He was given a five minute major penalty for kneeing and a game misconduct. More info about his injury should be known tomorrow. We have no sympathy for him whatsoever, he pulled that crap with Gonchar in the playoffs and has had many other questionable hits. Looks like karma might have finally caught up to him. He has 18 goals on the season. Crosby now has 17.
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