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Penguins 3, Islanders 0

The Islanders outshot their division rival 33-29, but could not get a goal past Marc-Andre Fleury

Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 10:56 PM / News
By Brian Croce
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Penguins 3, Islanders 0
The Islanders had their scoring chances, but could not get any pucks past Marc-Andre Fleury as the Penguins defeated the Islanders 3-0 Tuesday night at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders had been outshot 63-45 in their past two games, but dominated the scoring opportunities Tuesday, outshooting the Penguins 33-29. Despite getting more pucks to the net, the Islanders dropped their third contest in a row.

“We had net presence,” Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said. “He (Fleury) made some pretty good saves. I thought he played extremely well tonight. I thought his team in front of him played well too.”

Matt Moulson is stopped in the crease by the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nassau Coliseum on October 25, 2011. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Penguins continue to roll early in the season, winning their fourth game in a row and improving to 7-2-2.

Brooks Orpik found Pascal Dupuis streaking behind the Islanders defense for the first goal. He beat Evgeni Nabokov blocker side to put the Penguins up 1-0 late in the first period.

The Penguins built their lead just 21 seconds into the second period, when Richard Park sent a wrist shot past Nabokov’s glove to put the road team up 2-0.

The Islanders continued to take shots any time they found daylight, but Fleury and the Penguins defense was up to the challenge. The Penguins blocked 26 shots on the night.

“I thought we did a better job of getting pucks to the net and being around the net,” Matt Moulson said. “Personally, I had a couple (chances) in tight and (Fleury) made some pretty good saves on it. A bounce here or there could have really swung the momentum, but we didn’t get that fortunate bounce around the net today.”

Jordan Staal iced the game with an empty-net goal with two minutes remaining. With the loss, the Islanders drop to 3-4-0.

“I think the good thing about the NHL is you play so many games, if you don’t get the outcome you want you have a quick turnaround to get a win in two days and that’s what we need to do,” Moulson said. “It will be a good test for us.”

The two teams will square off again Thursday night in Pittsburgh where the Islanders will look to snap their losing skid and get back to .500.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
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13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
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16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

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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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