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SIN BIN SATURDAY

Saturday, 04.15.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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SIN BIN SATURDAY
Islanders 5, Penguins 4 (F/SO)

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The powerplay reigned supreme on Long Island Saturday night, as five of the eight regulation goals came with the man-advantage. One that didn't was Rob Nilsson's shootout tally, which won the game for the Islanders.

New York had a number of chances to take an early lead in the first period, but Trent Hunter's deflection hit a post, Wyatt Smith couldn't connect on a 2-on-1 and Miro Satan found nothing but pipe on a breakaway. Instead, the Penguins broke the ice, pikcing up the first goal of the night on the powerplay. Skating along the blueline, Sergei Gonchar took his time, set up a few screens and whipped a wrister through Rick DiPietro's legs for a 1-0 lead.

Handed another man-up opportunity though, the locals tied things up. On an attempted clear, Bruno Gervais picked off the puck and fed Satan along the boards. Creeping down low, he fired a wrist shot on net that Jason Blake got his stick on to redirect through Penguins netminder Sebastien Caron's pads.

Playing with the remaining time on Colby Armstrong's first-period tripping penalty, the Islanders got the scoring started early. Thirty seconds into the stanza, Chris Campoli took a short pass from Radek Martinek and put a wrister from the point in on net. Once again, Blake was in position to knock the puck down and through Caron's legs. Less than a minute later, a blocked shot in the Isles' zone ended up on Shawn Bates' stick, setting up a long-range pass to Satan. Cruising in on goal, Satan flicked a wrister into the net, over Caron's glove-hand.

The Penguins' pulled within a goal about halfway through the period, when John LeClair flew into the Islanders' zone on the powerplay and unleashed a rocket from the boards that beat DiPietro high to his glove-side.

The Isles regained their two-goal advantage soon after though, as Jeremy Colliton picked up his first NHL goal. Following a big collision behind DiPietro's net between Gervais and Colby Armstrong, the Islanders pushed the puck up ice, with Wyatt Smith carrying it into Pittsburgh's end of the rink. A crisp pass to Sean Bergenheim was quickly slid across to Colliton, who tucked it behind Caron.

With 13 seconds left in the second period, the Pens once again cut the Isles' lead to a goal, and once again it was LeClair picking up the point. Josef Melichar threw the puck on goal from along the boards, and LeClair got his stick on it to tip it past DiPietro.

The third period was scoreless until the powerplay took over once again, allowing the Penguins to tie the game in the final two minutes of regulation. A scramble in the Islanders' end of the ice saw Pittsburgh fire at will at DiPietro, until Andy Hilbert finally put home a rebound in the crease. 

A scoreless overtime period meant the two teams were headed to yet another shootout. Michel Ouellet went first for Pittsburgh, deking right and tucking the puck through DiPietro's pads. Satan followed, but was stoned trying to go to Caron's stick-side. Sidney Crosby, Hunter and Hilbert were all stopped, before Shawn Bates took the ice. Coming in fast, he deposited the puck through the wickets to push the shootout to sudden death. Ryan Whitney and Alexei Yashin both scored in the next round, but Ryan Malone was stopped with a glove in close. Then Rob Nilsson took his turn. Skating wide to the right, Nilsson beared down and wristed a hard shot into the lower left corner of the net to seal the win.

OFF THE ICE: Three Stars of the Night: 1. Rob Nilsson, 2. Jason Blake, 3. Miro Satan ... The Islanders' 8th-round pick in 2000, Ryan Caldwell, made his NHL debut tonight... Howie Rose made it a two-fer tonight, taking his spot behind the mike at the Coliseum, after calling the Mets game this afternoon... The Penguins scratched Matt Murley (shoulder), Lyle Odelein (deadline), Ryan VandenBussche (neck), and Jocelyn Thibault (hip), while the Islanders sat Allan Rourke (groin), Mike York (toe), Petteri Nokelainen (knee), Arron Asham (ankle), Joel Bouchard (knee), Eric Godard (concussion) and Alexei Zhitnik (ankle)... After the seventh game of an eight-game season series, the Islanders lead 4-3, having won twice in Pittsburgh and twice at home.

FORWARDS
(55) Jason Blake-(79) Alexei Yashin-(21) Rob Nilsson
(7) Trent Hunter-(17) Shawn Bates-(81) Miro Satan
(10) Sean Bergenheim-(28) Wyatt Smith-(27) Jeremy Colliton
(15) Jeff Tambellini-(40) Matt Koalska-(48) Steve Regier

DEFENSE
(14) Chris Campoli-(24) Radek Martinek
(43) Ryan Caldwell-(6) Bruno Gervais
(3) Denis Grebeshkov-(44) John Erskine

GOALTENDERS
(39) Rick DiPietro
(30) Garth Snow

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-(23) Eric Boguniecki
(36) Andre Roy-(15) Niklas Nordgren-(28) Jani Rita

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
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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