Pittsburgh 4, NY Islanders 3

Friday, November 22, 2013 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
NY Islanders 8-12-1-2 5-4-1-2 3-8-0-0 L2
Pittsburgh 15-8-0-0 10-3-0-0 5-5-0-0 W3


Penguins 4, Islanders 3: Sidney Crosby's goal with 76 seconds left in regulation - the 250th of his career - lifted host Pittsburgh to its third consecutive victory.

Chris Kunitz had two power-play goals and an assist and Evgeni Malkin added a goal and an assist as the Penguins sent New York to its seventh defeat in nine games and avenged a home loss to the Islanders on Oct. 25. Rookie Jeff Zatkoff turned aside 32 shots in his first start since Nov. 2.

Thomas Vanek scored twice in his return from a five-game injury absence for New York, which erased a pair of two-goal deficits before Crosby provided the late game-winner from in front on a feed from Pascal Dupuis. Kevin Poulin made 30 saves and stymied a flurry of solid scoring chances for the Islanders.

Kunitz staked the Penguins to a 2-0 lead with a pair of early power-play goals in the first eight minutes, finishing a highlight-reel passing play with Malkin and Crosby before burying a one-timer on a pass from James Neal (two assists). Vanek started the comeback at 1:46 of the second, beating Zatkoff stick side for his second goal since joining New York.

Malkin halted a career-long 15-game goal-scoring drought to restore the two-goal cushion at 6:25 but McDonald and Vanek scored 81 seconds apart to forge a tie entering the final 20 minutes. Vanek forced a turnover on the equalizer before sliding home a backhand off a scramble in front.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Kunitz was denied a natural hat trick when what would have been his third goal with 1:10 left in the first period was negated by a high-sticking penalty against Malkin. ... Vanek, in his seventh game with New York since he was acquired from Buffalo, had had first two-goal performance since scoring a pair against Pittsburgh on April 23. ... With Malkin registering his fourth multi-point effort in five games, the Penguins improved to 7-0-0 when he scores at least two points.

Top Game Performances

NY Islanders   Pittsburgh
Thomas Vanek 2 Points Chris Kunitz 3
Thomas Vanek 2 Goals Chris Kunitz 2
Kyle Okposo 2 Assists James Neal 2
N/A Power Play Goals Chris Kunitz 2
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Kevin Poulin .882 Save Percentage Jeff Zatkoff .914
Kevin Poulin 30 Saves Jeff Zatkoff 32

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
NY Islanders 35 3 0-6 2-4 8 29
Pittsburgh 34 4 2-4 6-6 12 31

Upcoming Games

  • Pittsburgh will play its next game on the road against Montreal. The Penguins have a W/L % of .733 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • NY Islanders will play its next game on the road against Philadelphia. The Islanders have a W/L % of .222 after a win and .429 after a loss.
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