Pit 2 2 2 6
NYI 2 0 2 4
Date of game: 1/23/2014

Recap: NY Islanders vs. Pittsburgh

Uniondale, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz both had a goal and two assists, and the Pittsburgh Penguins killed off a 5-on-3 late in regulation to beat the New York Islanders 6-4 on Thursday.

Evgeni Malkin, Olli Maatta, Kris Letang and Brandon Sutter also scored for the Penguins, who have earned points in eight of their last nine games (7-1-1).

Jeff Zatkoff made 30 saves but couldn't keep the puck out of the net on a goal credited to Kyle Okposo with 9:05 remaining that got the Islanders within 5-4.

"Not the prettiest game for your numbers, but it's a hard fought game," Zatkoff said. "That's the kind of game you're going to be in versus the Isles."

John Tavares drew two penalties in 71 seconds in the third period -- hooking on Letang and tripping on Tanner Glass, who brought the New York captain down from behind in the slot -- but the Islanders couldn't capitalize.

Michael Grabner, Brock Nelson and Josh Bailey also scored for the Islanders, who have dropped three of the four meetings with the Penguins this season.

Kevin Poulin gave up five goals on 28 shots for New York.

"They played a good road game and they did a lot of the little things and executed better than us for most of the game," Tavares said of the Penguins.

The Penguins have won two in a row since their franchise-record 13-game home winning streak was snapped in a 5-1 loss to Florida on Monday.

The Islanders' fourth goal was initially waived off, then ruled good after the officials talked it over.

Okposo sent the puck on net from the right side and it trickled under Zatkoff's legs near the goal line before being accidentally poked in by Pens defenseman Paul Martin.

The goal got the Islanders within 5-4, but they failed to score on their two- man advantage and Sutter sealed it with an empty-netter for Pittsburgh.

Earlier, the Penguins climbed out of a 2-0 hole in the first period with two goals in a span of 1:52.

Kunitz scored his 25th of the season at 9:32 then assisted on Crosby's 27th at the 11:24 mark, finding his teammate in front with a pass from behind the net.

Maatta and Letang pushed Pittsburgh's lead to 4-2 in the second period. Maatta scored on a deke to his backhand in front at 5:35 and Letang scored on a power play from the low left side with 2:16 remaining in the period moments after hitting the post from the same area.

Bailey pulled the Islanders within a goal 3:10 into the third period after getting a breakaway off a Penguins turnover in the neutral zone.

But the Penguins responded 2:49 later when James Neal found Malkin on the low left side with a pass from the right circle and Malkin scored easily on a one- timer for his 14th goal of the season to make it 5-3.

Grabner slapped in a bouncing puck from the left circle 99 seconds into the game and Nelson gave the Islanders a 2-0 lead with 8:21 elapsed.

Game Notes

The Islanders' four-game homestand continues Saturday vs. St. Louis ... The Penguins remain on the road to play Dallas on Saturday.

NASCAR News
Gordon claims record fifth victory in the Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon is hoping to win his fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship this year, but right now, he's celebrating his record fifth victory in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Maddux, Glavine, Cox highlight Hall of Fame inductions

The Atlanta Braves won 14 straight division championships, and a big part of the success came from manager Bobby Cox along with former Cy Young Award winners Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine.

Blueshirts avoid arbitration with Brassard

The New York Rangers avoided arbitration with forward Derick Brassard, agreeing to terms with the restricted free agent on a multi-year contract Sunday.

Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...

1 Vote
Our Lookout Valley 9/10 year old team went to a tournament in Knoxville called The Battle of the Rocky Top. They went throught the tournament undefeated and won the championship ...
Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.