Eastern Conference QF Game 5 Preview: Islanders at Penguins

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Eastern Conference QF Game 5 Preview: Islanders at Penguins
Preview of Thursday\'s Game 5 between the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins



Game 5
7:00 p.m.
CONSOL Energy Center
Pittsburgh, PA

Television: NBC Sports, MSG+
NBC Sports Play-by-play: Kenny Albert; Color: Pierre McGuire

MSG+ Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring

Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King

Game 1 Summary:
The Islanders fell behind early, and allowed five unanswered goals, dropping Game 1 at CONSOL Energy Center. Pascal Dupuis scored twice for Pittsburgh, and four Penguins posted multi-point games. The Penguins went 2-for-4 on the man advantage, while the Islanders were held to an 0-for-4 night on the power play. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 11-of-15 shots, and Kevin Poulin came on in relief to turn aside 10-of-11.

PIT 5, NYI 0: RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS

Game 2 Summary:
Pittsburgh led 2-0 and 3-1 in the first period, but the Islanders, powered by goals from Colin McDonald, Matt Martin and Kyle Okposo, surged back to win Game 2 by a 4-3 count. Matt Moulson (one goal, one assist) and Mark Streit (two assists) posted multi-point outings, while Evgeni Nabokov turned aside 30-of-33 shots, including the last 24 he faced. Okposo earned his first career fighting major for a second period bout with Matt Niskanan, and 14 seconds later, McDonald's goal began the comeback.

NYI 4, PIT 3: RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS

Game 3 Summary:
The Islanders led by two early, and trailed by two later in the game, before goals from Kyle Okposo (shorthanded) and John Tavares tied the score, forcing overtime. Chris Kunitz scored the game-winner in the extra frame for Pittsburgh, giving the Penguins a 2-1 series lead. The Islanders penalty kill went 2-for-5 in the loss.

PIT 5, NYI 4 (OT): RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS

Game 4 Summary:
The Islanders lost two early leads, and overcame two deficits later on, getting in front for good on John Tavares' goal midway through the third period. Casey Cizikas capped off a three-point night with a late tally, as the Islanders won 6-4 to even up the series at two games apiece. Mark Streit (who also added an assist) become the first Islanders defenseman in 30 years to light the lamp twice in a postseason game.

NYI 6, PIT 4: RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS

Series Schedule (Tied 2-2)

Game 5: 5/9 @ PIT - 7:00 p.m.
Game 6: 5/11 @ NYI – TBD
*Game 7: 5/12 @ PIT – TBD
*If necessary
ISLANDERS
K. Okposo (3)
B. Boyes, M. Streit (3)
M. Streit (5)
L. Visnovsky (+3)
T. Hamonic (19)
T. Hamonic (25:53)
F. Nielsen (13)
M. Martin (22)
A. MacDonald (14)
K. Aucoin (61%)
 

Goals
Assists
Points
Plus/Minus
Penalty Minutes
Avg. TOI
Shots
Hits
Blocks
Faceoff Pct.
PENGUINS
P. Dupuis (3)
E. Malkin (5)
E. Malkin (6)
P. Martin (+4)
J. Iginla, D. Murray (14)
K. Letang (29:19)
E. Malkin (15)
M. Cooke, B. Morrow (14)
M. Eaton (14)
J. Jokinen (65%)

ISLANDERS
Tavares (47), Moulson (44), Boyes (35)
Tavares (28), Grabner (16), Moulson (15)
Moulson (29), Boyes (25), Nielsen (23)
Tavares (9), Moulson (8), Streit (3)
Grabner (1), Nielsen (1)
Tavares (5), Grabner (3), 12 tied (1)
Martin (63), Carkner (46), Okposo (38)
Tavares (162), Moulson (154), Grabner (108)
Visnovsky (+12), Hickey (+9), Bailey (+7)
 

Points
Goals
Assists
PP goals
SH goals
GW goals
Penalty minutes
Shots
Plus/Minus
PENGUINS
Crosby (56), Kunitz (52), 2 tied (38)
Kunitz (22), Neal (21), Dupuis (20)
Crosby (41), Letang (33), Kunitz (30)
Kunitz (9), Neal (9), Iginla (6)
Dupuis (1), Adams (1)
Neal (6), Kunitz (5), Sutter (5)
Glass (62), Engelland (54), Kunitz (39)
Dupuis (140), Neal (136), Iginla (134)
Dupuis (+31), Kunitz (+30), Crosby (+26)
 
E. Nabokov (41)
E. Nabokov (2475)
E. Nabokov (23)
E. Nabokov (3)
E. Nabokov (2.50)
E. Nabokov (.910)
Goaltenders
Games played
Minutes
Wins
Shutouts
GAA
Sv. %
 
M. Fleury (33)
M. Fleury (1858)
M. Fleury (23)
T. Vokoun (3)
M. Fleury (2.39)
T. Vokoun (.919)



May 7, 2013: The New York Islanders celebrate their 6-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York (Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images).

1975 Quarter-Finals
Islanders won series 4-3

1982 Patrick Division Semi-Finals
Islanders won series 3-2

1993 Patrick Division Final
Islanders won series 4-3

FULL POSTSEASON HISTORY

Jan. 29: NYI 4 @ PIT 1
RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS

Feb. 5: PIT 4 @ NYI 2
RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS

Mar. 10: NYI 1 @ PIT 6
RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS

Mar. 22: PIT 4 @ NYI 2
RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS

Mar. 30: NYI 0 @ PIT 2
RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS


New York Islanders Game 4 lines
Forwards
12 Josh Bailey - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
26 Matt Moulson - 51 Frans Nielsen - 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin
41 David Ullstrom - 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald - 3 Travis Hamonic
37 Brian Strait - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 7 Matt Carkner

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

Pittsburgh Penguins Game 4 lines
Forwards
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
18 James Neal - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 12 Jarome Iginla
10 Brenden Morrow - 36 Jussi Jokinen - 24 Matt Cooke
15 Tanner Glass - 16 Brandon Sutter - 27 Craig Adams

Defensemen
4 Mark Eaton - 58 Kris Letang
44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
3 Douglas Murray - 2 Matt Niskanen

Goaltenders
29 Marc-Andre Fleury
92 Tomas Vokoun

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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