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PITTSBURGH 3, ISLANDERS 2

Tuesday, 11.28.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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PITTSBURGH 3, ISLANDERS 2
Fleury shuts down Isles in third as Penguins hold on to win

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An early third-period goal by Chris Thorburn on a bank shot was enough for Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped 14 third-period shots and 33 in the game for a 3-2 Pittsburgh Penguins victory, Tuesday night at the Mellon Arena.

Colby Armstrong put the Penguins up 1-0 on his first goal of the season and his first of two on the night, just 1:34 into the game. Sidney Crosby set up Armstrong on his first shift in four games.

Viktor Kozlov, filling in for the injured Alexei Yashin, knotted the game at one on a perfect feed from Jason Blake. Chris Simon also assisted on Kozlov's fifth goal of the season with 1:18 left in the first period.

The Islanders took a 2-1 lead 4:45 into the second period. Andy Hilbert tipped Alexei Zhitnik's shot before Arron Asham banged home the rebound for his second of the season.

Armstrong scored his second of the game off a feed from Crosby to make it 2-2 with 8:29 left in the second period.

The Penguins scored a lucky goal to make it 3-2. Thorburn banked a puck off DiPietro's skate 36 seconds into the third period.

The Islanders were inches away from tying the game with just over four minutes remaining in the third period, but Nils Ekman swept the puck from the goal line in the nick of time. Fleury was stellar in goal as the Islanders made a late push, but couldn't get one by the 22-year-old netminder.

Five Stars of the Game:
1. Colby Armstrong:
First two goals of the season
2. Marc-Andre Fleury: Held off the late Islanders surge to earn the win
3. Sidney Crosby: Returned to lineup and tallied two assists
4. Viktor Kozlov: Filled in well on the top line and scored a goal
5. Andy Hilbert: First point of the season and team-leading eight shots

Stat of the Game: There were no power plays in the third period.

Slapshots: Andy Hilbert's assist was his first point since April 18, 2006...Jason Blake is on a six-game point streak (5g, 4a)...This is the second of four meetings between the Islanders and Penguins over a span of 21 days.

ISLANDERS
Goaltenders

39 Rick DiPietro
1   Mike Dunham

Defensemen
32 Brendan Witt - 24 Radek Martinek
77 Alexei Zhitnik - 6 Sean Hill
3   Tom Poti - 8 Bruno Gervais

Forwards
12 Chris Simon - 25 Viktor Kozlov - 55 Jason Blake
7   Trent Hunter - 16 Mike York - 81 Miroslav Satan
11 Andy Hilbert - 18 Mike Sillinger - 45 Arron Asham
33 Eric Boguniecki - 17 Shawn Bates - 10 Richard Park


PITTSBURGH
Goaltenders

29 Marc-Andre Fleury
41 Jocelyn Thibault

Defensemen
55 Sergei Gonchar - 2 Josef Melichar
19 Ryan Whitney - 44 Brooks Orpik
4 Noah Welch - 5 Rob Scuderi

Forwards
8   Mark Recchi - 87 Sidney Crosby - 20 Colby Armstrong
16 Erik Christensen - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 28 Nils Ekman
11 Jordan Staal - 18 Dominic Moore - 22 Chris Thorburn
25 Maxime Talbot - 37 Jarkko Ruutu - 26 Ronald Petrovicky

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 50 15 27 -9 42
J. Tavares 49 19 22 -3 41
F. Nielsen 52 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 52 20 11 0 31
M. Grabovski 52 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 51 9 15 5 24
A. Lee 52 8 15 1 23
N. Leddy 52 3 20 -8 23
R. Strome 41 6 14 -5 20
C. Clutterbuck 51 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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