Penguins Keep Rolling Even Without Crosby

Whitney scores two goals as Pittsburgh beats NY Islanders
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Feb 8, 2008 1:23 AM CST
New York Islanders' Jeremy Colliton, left, checks Pittsburgh Penguins' Darryl Sydor into the boards during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008. (AP Photo/Keith...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Pittsburgh Penguins are not playing like a team that has been missing the best player in the NHL for the past eight games. With Sidney Crosby still nursing a high ankle sprain, Ryan Whitney scored two goals to lead the Penguins past the New York Islanders 4-3 last night, reports the Associated Press. The win moved Pittsburgh into a tie for first with Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division.

Kris Letang scored the game-winner for the Penguins, who have gained at least one point in four of the past five games, with 3:38 left. It was Whitney's third career two-goal game and fourth time in his career he has scored three points. Evgeni Malkin also had three assists for Pittsburgh. The Islanders have lost six in a row.