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Friday, 03.31.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Penguins 4, Islanders 0

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Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists and Sergei Gonchar had a pair of goals, as the Penguins shut-out the Islanders, 4-0, Friday at the Coliseum
 
Back in the crease for the first time in almost a month, Garth Snow was tested early, as the Penguins took the first four shots of the game. After that, it was almost all Islanders, despite a pair of Pittsburgh powerplays. In fact, the only real scoring chance during the man-advantage came off Miro Satan's stick, as he got a shorthanded breakaway, but was stoned by Pens goalie Sebastien Caron.
 
The Islanders' luck on the penalty kill ended 12 minutes into the second period, as the Pens increased the pressure and got on the board. Taking a pass from Crosby at the point, Gonchar fired a slapshot on net that broke Wyatt Smith's stick before ducking beneath the crossbar and over Garth Snow's shoulder.
 
The Pens came right back at the Islanders just a minute later, and made it 2-0 on a goal by John LeClair. Penetrating the Isles' zone, Konstantin Koltsov fed Ryan Malone, who tucked a pass to the slot. LeClair reached and chipped it past Snow, who attempted to poke it away.
 
A bouncing puck in the slot in the Islanders zone again proved deadly to the Isles, as it gave Crosby and Andy Hilbert a 2-on-none opportunity that Crosby converted by tucking a quick pass behind Snow.
 
The third period got off to an exciting start for the Islanders, as two minutes in, Sean Bergenheim was pulled down from behind on a breakaway and awarded a penalty shot. Skating in purposefully, Bergenheim tried for Caron's five-hole, but was stoned on the attempt.
 
Back on the powerplay once again in the third, Gonchar and Crosby hooked up to make it a 4-0 game. A backhand pass by Crosby set up Gonchar at the point, and he sent a long-range shot past Snow.
 
OFF THE ICE: Three Stars of the Night: 1. Sebastien Caron, 2. Sergei Gonchar, 3. Rob Scuderi... Four of the six games between the Islanders and Penguins this season have required overtime, and three went to a shootout... For the Islanders, Arron Asham (ankle) and Alexei Zhitnik (ankle) sat out, while Pittsburgh scratched Eric Boguniecki (healthy), Matt Murley (shoulder), Lyle Odelein (knee), Jocelyn Thibault (hip) and Ryan Vandenbussche (neck)... Miro Satan's next powerplay goal will give him a career-high 16... All-time, the Islanders hold an 83-71-2-3 lead over Pittsburgh... After six games of an eight-game season series, the Isles and Penguins are up tied 3-3.

--additional reporting by Brian Bohl

Head coach Brad Shaw on what needs to be done to generate offense:
"This is the time of the year you need to get pucks and bodies in front of the net to score goals. Every game is a real challenge. We need a better mind set and do the little things that are even more important now and do them better than the opposition."

On what can be done to improve:
You'd like to see more energy. We have more mistakes with a young lineup, and you just have to learn from that. Now we have to relay on character, pride, professionalism, focus, and discipline. These are things that are highly important. We can get a focus again."

Alexi Yashin on his assessment of the game:
"We have to be professionals and prepare better. We have to play for each other."

Sean Bergenheim on his third period penalty shot:
"I tired to take it to the left side and go five-hole. It must have just hit (goalie Sebastien Caron's) stick. I had a few penalty shots when I was in Bridgeport."

On getting ready for Sunday's game against Philadelphia:
"There's no excuse why we played like we did. I still think we have a lot to show. We can't let the fans down like this. We just need to put this behind us as soon as possible and regroup in practice. You can't stop and think about it, you need to just look forward."


 
FORWARDS
(10) Sean Bergenheim-(79) Alexei Yashin-(21) Rob Nilsson
(55) Jason Blake-(16) Mike York-(81) Miroslav Satan
(28) Wyatt Smith-(17) Shawn Bates-(7) Trent Hunter
(15) Jeff Tambellini-(29) Petteri Nokelainen-(49) Eric Godard
 
DEFENSE
(14) Chris Campoli-(24) Radek Martinek
(4) Joel Bouchard-(6) Bruno Gervais
(3) Denis Grebeshkov-(44) John Erskine
 
GOALTENDERS
(30) Garth Snow
(39) Rick DiPietro
 
PENGUINS
FORWARDS

(20) Colby Armstrong-(87) Sidney Crosby-(9) Andy Hilbert
(10) John LeClair-(12) Ryan Malone-(71) Konstantin Koltsov
(43) Tomas Surovy-(7) Michel Ouellet-(28) Jani Rita
(15) Niklas Nordgren-(14) Shane Endicott-(36) Andre Roy
 
DEFENSEMEN
(19) Ryan Whitney-(44) Brooks Orpik
(5) Rob Scuderi-(55) Sergei Gonchar
(2) Josef Melichar-(33) Eric Cairns
 
GOALTENDERS
(31) Sebastien Caron
(29) Marc-Andre Fleury

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 66 31 36 5 67
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 66 14 28 22 42
B. Nelson 66 18 20 8 38
F. Nielsen 66 11 26 13 37
A. Lee 60 22 13 14 35
J. Bailey 54 13 20 13 33
J. Boychuk 56 7 25 15 32
N. Leddy 66 9 19 17 28
T. Hamonic 56 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 34 13 1 .911 2.48
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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