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Penguins 6, Islanders 3

Isles start strong, can't battle back

Saturday, 12.10.2011 / 10:11 PM / News
By Cory Wright
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Penguins 6, Islanders 3
The New York Islanders gave up a pair of leads in a 6-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum. The Isles led the game 2-0 and 3-2 before giving up four unanswered goals to the Penguins.

Pascal Dupuis netted the game winner, putting the puck off of the post and behind Al Montoya at 15:58 of the second period. Matt Cooke essentially sealed the deal 1:04 into the third, before Paul Martin put it out of reach at the 10:10 mark.

“We were up 2-0 and then we just thought it was going to be an easy game,” captain Mark Streit said following the loss. “Those guys were missing some key players and they completely outworked us.”

The turning point in the game came when Travis Hamonic was issued a five minute major and game misconduct for elbowing Brooks Orpik at 7:35 in the second period. Orpik appeared to hit himself in the face with his own stick, but Hamonic was ejected.

“I made minimal contact with the opposing player. He hits himself in the forehead with his own stick, he goes down, he’s bleeding and next thing you know five minute major and you’re kicked out of the game,” Hamonic said. “Tough call to make in those circumstances I guess.”

James Neal’s second goal tied the game on the ensuing five-on-three, converting a scramble in front of the net. 

David Ullstrom opened the scoring with his second goal of the season just over four minutes into the game, putting a wrist shot off of the connector. Eight minutes later, Milan Jurcina scored his second goal in three games, a half slap-shot that screamed by Marc-Andre Fleury’s short side. The Islanders lead wouldn’t make it out of the first period, as Steve Sullivan and James Neal each scored, tying the game with 29 seconds remaining in the opening frame.

The Islanders looked to have figured out Fleury, as Kyle Okposo, who also had an assist, Jurcina and Ullstrom all scored on the Penguins netminder high glove side. Fleury rebounded making 24 saves on the night.

The loss marks the first time in seven games the Islanders failed to record a point. The team had gone 4-0-2 in their previous six.

The Islanders powerplay went 1-7 during the game, with the Penguins finishing 1-3. The attendance was 15,638.

The Isles’ next game is Tuesday in Montreal, at 7:30 p.m.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
3 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
11 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 65 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 65 14 28 23 42
B. Nelson 65 17 20 7 37
F. Nielsen 65 11 25 13 36
A. Lee 59 21 13 13 34
J. Bailey 53 13 19 11 32
J. Boychuk 55 7 23 14 30
N. Leddy 65 8 18 16 26
T. Hamonic 55 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 1 .911 2.47
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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