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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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 7 6 5 2 11
K. Okposo 7 1 6 2 7
F. Nielsen 7 3 2 1 5
B. Nelson 7 1 4 -3 5
R. Strome 5 1 3 4 4
A. Quine 7 1 3 2 4
S. Prince 7 3 0 3 3
R. Pulock 4 1 2 -3 3
T. Hickey 7 1 2 -1 3
N. Leddy 7 0 3 3 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Greiss 5 2 0 .941 1.94
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