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BLAKE, DIPIETRO STAR IN 9-INNING SHOOTOUT

Monday, 11.14.2005 / 12:00 AM / 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 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
2 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
3 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 49 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 49 9 25 15 34
B. Nelson 49 15 16 5 31
F. Nielsen 49 9 18 4 27
J. Boychuk 39 4 21 15 25
J. Bailey 37 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 49 7 14 13 21
N. Kulemin 49 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 43 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 6 0 .865 3.43

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