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."
(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
(14) Chris Campoli-(24) Radek Martinek
(4) Joel Bouchard-(6) Bruno Gervais
(3) Denis Grebeshkov-(44) John Erskine
(30) Garth Snow
(39) Rick DiPietro
(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
(19) Ryan Whitney-(44) Brooks Orpik
(5) Rob Scuderi-(55) Sergei Gonchar
(2) Josef Melichar-(33) Eric Cairns
(31) Sebastien Caron
(29) Marc-Andre Fleury