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PITTSBURGH 5, ISLANDERS 2

Tuesday, 01.16.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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PITTSBURGH 5, ISLANDERS 2
Penguins score three unanswered goals in third period

Official Scoresheet | Official Super Stats

By Jason Lockhart

Sidney Crosby and Erik Christensen each scored two goals to help lead the Pittsburgh Penguins past the Islanders 5-2, Tuesday night at the Mellon Arena.

The teams were tied after two periods, but the Penguins scored three goals in the third, while Marc-Andre Fleury shut the door for Pittsburgh, stopping 31 of 33 shots for his 19th win of the season.

Christensen scored his eight goal of the season, 2:32 into the first period to put the Penguins up 1-0. Maxime Talbot centered the puck from the corner to a streaking Christensen, who came in on goal and beat Mike Dunham with a backhand deke.

Brendan Witt ruffled the Penguins' feathers with a textbook, open-ice hit on Crosby in the first period. Ryan Whitney and Ryan Malone came to Crosby's rescue and jumped Witt. The scrum resulted in a four-minute power play for the Islanders, but they could not convert.

On two separate occasions, during the second period, the Islanders successfully killed off 5-on-3 power plays. In the process they scored a goal of their own when Richard Park tied the game at one on a magnificent goal. Park raced after a loose puck at center ice and beat Fleury on the far side less than two minutes into the second period.

The Penguins made it 2-1 on the power play with 8:25 left in the second period. Michel Ouellet gathered a rebound and scored in the slot after a scramble in front of the net.

With 2:16 remaining in the second period, the Islanders tied the game at two. Chris Simon centered the puck to Arron Asham, who one-timed it past Fleury for his seventh goal of the season.

Three straight goals by the Penguins in the third period, starting with Crosby's goal, 3:28 into the frame, put the game out of reach. Christensen added his second of the game to make it 4-2, and Crosby scored his second of the period for a 5-2 game.

The Islanders next travel to Philadelphia to take on the Flyers on Thursday evening.


Five Stars of the Game:
1. Erik Christensen:
Two goals and one assist
2. Richard Park: Gritty penalty killing was rewarded with a shorthanded goal
3. Sidney Crosby: Two goals in the third period
4. Bruno Gervais: One assist and two good defensive stops on odd-man rushes
5. Marc-Andre Fleury: Made 31 saves for the win


Stat of the Game: The Islanders scored a shorthanded goal, but failed to convert on eight power play chances

Slapshots: Benoit Hogue was the last Islander to score a 3-on-5 shorthanded goal back on March 9, 1993, against the Philadelphia Flyers...Richard Park's tally was the Islander's third shorthanded goal of the season...Chris Campoli (healthy) was the only Islanders scratch....Radek Martinek made an earlier than an expected return to the lineup, logging 17:51 of ice time.


ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
1   Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

Defensemen
32 Brendan Witt 24 Radek Martinek
6 Sean Hill - 44 Freddy Meyer
3   Tom Poti - 8 Bruno Gervais
 
Forwards
11 Andy Hilbert - 18 Mike Sillinger - 7 Trent Hunter
12 Chris Simon - 79 Alexei Yashin - 55 Jason Blake
27 Randy Robitaille - 25 Viktor Kozlov - 81 Miroslav Satan
10 Richard Park - 17 Shawn Bates - 45 Arron Asham

 

PITTSBURGH
Goaltenders

29 Marc-Andre Fleury
41 Jocelyn Thibault

Defensemen
55 Sergei Gonchar 5 Rob Scuderi
19 Ryan Whitney - 44 Brooks Orpik
4 Noah Welch - 32 Alain Nasreddine

Forwards
8   Mark Recchi - 87 Sidney Crosby - 12 Ryan Malone
11 Jordan Staal - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 8 Michel Ouellet 
20 Colby Armstrong - 16 Erik Christensen - 25 Maxime Talbot
37 Jarkko Ruutu - 18 Dominic Moore - 22 Chris Thorburn

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 11 6 5 -3 11
K. Okposo 11 2 6 -3 8
F. Nielsen 11 3 3 -3 6
B. Nelson 11 1 4 -5 5
T. Hickey 11 1 4 -5 5
A. Quine 10 1 4 -1 5
S. Prince 11 3 1 -1 4
R. Strome 8 1 3 1 4
N. Leddy 11 1 3 1 4
N. Kulemin 11 1 3 -5 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Greiss 5 6 2 .923 2.46
J. Berube 0 0 0 1.000 0.00
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