BLAKE, DIPIETRO STAR IN 9-INNING SHOOTOUT

Monday, 11.14.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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BLAKE, DIPIETRO STAR IN 9-INNING SHOOTOUT
Islanders 3, Penguins 2

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By Kerry Gwydir

To quote Howie Rose, Jason Blake lost the handle -- but won the game.

In an extraordinary shootout, Blake scored in the 9th -- yes, we repeat, the 9th -- frame when he initially mishandled the puck but corralled it in time to deposit it past a committed Jocelyn Thibault. When Rick DiPietro made a save on Ryan Whitney, the Penguins' ninth shooter, the Islanders had won the extra point.

"Ricky was outstanding above and beyond," said Blake after the game. As for his "move" on Thibault, Blake said, "I didn't exactly plan on losing the puck, but I guess it worked out."

Here's how the shootout transpired:

Yashin -- miss (post)

Crosby -- GOAL

Hunter -- GOAL

Lemieux -- save by DiPietro

Bates -- GOAL (slithered through five-hole)

Christensen -- GOAL

Satan -- save

Recchi -- save (missed high)

Parrish -- miss (whiffed)

Palffy -- save (poke check by DiPietro)

Nilsson -- save (Thibault stays with trademark Nilsson move)

Koltsov -- save

York -- save

Pirjeta -- save

Asham -- save

Leclair -- save

Blake -- GOAL

Whitney (save)

Despite the exhileration of the shootout win, it shouldn't have come down to it for the Islanders. The Penguins scored two goals late in the third to force overtime. Erik Christensen, displaying world-class hands throughout the game and in the shootout, scored with 1:18 left in regulation with a blazing wrister past DiPietro to tie the game at 2-2. Earlier in the third period, Sidney Crosby cut the Islanders' lead to 2-1 with a goal with 7:39 left. The Islanders had taken a 2-0 lead on goals by Alexei Yashin and Shawn Bates.

Head coach Steve Stirling moved Miroslav Satan to Mike York's line for Monday's contest. The right wing switched places with Mark Parrish, who is playing on Yashin's right side.

Scoreless after one, both teams continued to stare each other down to start the second. Yashin tallied his 300th NHL goal midway through the period off a feed from Brad Lukowich after the Pittsburgh defense could not clear their zone for an extended period of time. Yashin's shot from a sharp angle along the goal line somehow looped over Thibault, hit the post and slipped into the net. Niinimaa notched the second assist on the play.

Bates made it a 2-0 game with 2:44 to go on a pretty individual effort where he stepped around Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik, enabling the hustling winger a clear lane to bury his sixth of the season. Blake, who saw a 2-on-2 develop into the Penguin's zone, found Bates steaming into the zone to set up the sequence.

ICE CHIPS: Trent Hunter, Mattias Weinhandl and Blake led the Islanders with five shots each...Petteri Nokelainen (knee) and Tomi Pettinen were the Islanders' scratches.

ISLANDERS
FORWARDS

(45) Arron Asham-(79) Alexei Yashin-(37) Mark Parrish
(21) Robert Nilsson-(16) Mike York-(81) Miroslav Satan
(55) Jason Blake-(17) Shawn Bates-(7) Trent Hunter
(49) Eric Godard-(12) Oleg Kvasha-(11) Mattias Weinhandl

DEFENSE
(77) Alexei Zhitnik-(24) Radek Martinek
(25) Brad Lukowich-(44) Janne Niinimaa
(14) Chris Campoli-(24) Radek Martinek

GOALTENDERS
(39) Rick DiPietro
(30) Garth Snow

PITTSBURGH
FORWARDS

(11) Lasse Pirjeta-(66) Mario Lemieux-(8) Mark Recchi
(87) Sidney Crosby-(16) Erik Christiansen-(33) Ziggy Palffy
(10) John Leclair-(9) Rico Fata-(71) Konstantin Koltsov
(17) Matt Murley-(25) Maxime Talbot-(37) Ryan Vandenbussche

DEFENSEMEN
(44) Brooks Orpik-(24) Lyle Odelein
(3) Steve Poapst-(19) Ryan Whitney
(2) Josef Melichar-(22) Ric Jackman

GOALTENDERS
(41) Jocelyn Thibault
(29) Marc-Andre Fleury

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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