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Eastern Conference QF Game 6 Preview: Islanders vs. Penguins

Saturday, 05.11.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
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Eastern Conference QF Game 6 Preview: Islanders vs. Penguins
Preview of Saturday\'s Game 6 between the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins



Game 6
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY

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

TSN Play-by-play: Gord Miller; Color: Mike Johnson

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

Game 5 Summary:
After a scoreless first period, the Penguins scored three times in the middle frame, handing the Islanders a 4-0 loss. Despite taking 31 shots, the Islanders were unable to solve Pittsburgh goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who was making his first start of the series. With the defeat, The Islanders trail the series three games to two, and face potential elimination for the first time heading into Game 6.

PIT 4, NYI 0: RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS

Series Schedule (PIT leads 3-2)

Game 6: 5/11 @ NYI – 7:00 p.m.
*Game 7: 5/12 @ PIT – TBD
*If necessary

ISLANDERS
K. Okposo (3)
B. Boyes, M. Streit (3)
M. Streit (5)
C. Cizikas (+2)
T. Hamonic (23)
T. Hamonic (24:55)
J. Tavares (18)
M. Martin (30)
A. MacDonald (14)
K. Aucoin (59%)
 

Goals
Assists
Points
Plus/Minus
Penalty Minutes
Avg. TOI
Shots
Hits
Blocks
Faceoff Pct.
PENGUINS
P. Dupuis (4)
J. Iginla, E. Malkin (7)
E. Malkin (9)
P. Martin (+4)
D. Murray (26)
K. Letang (27:43)
E. Malkin (21)
M. Cooke (20)
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 9, 2013: New York Islanders defenseman Radek Martinek knocks Penguins defenseman Simon Despres off his feet during Game 5 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Gregory Shamus/NHLI via 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 5 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
6 Jesse Joensuu - 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen
37 Brian Strait - 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

Pittsburgh Penguins Game 5 lines
Forwards
9 Pascal Dupuis - 87 Sidney Crosby - 14 Chris Kunitz
18 James Neal - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 12 Jarome Iginla
10 Brenden Morrow - 16 Brandon Sutter - 24 Matt Cooke
48 Tyler Kennedy - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams

Defensemen
47 Simon Despres - 58 Kris Letang
44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
3 Douglas Murray - 2 Matt Niskanen

Goaltenders
92 Tomas Vokoun
29 Marc-Andre Fleury

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 71 27 42 -9 69
J. Tavares 59 24 42 -6 66
F. Nielsen 80 25 33 -11 58
J. Bailey 77 8 30 -8 38
B. Nelson 72 14 12 -10 26
M. Grabner 64 12 14 -10 26
T. Hickey 82 4 18 5 22
C. Clutterbuck 73 12 7 -9 19
C. McDonald 70 8 10 -22 18
R. Strome 37 7 11 -1 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
E. Nabokov 15 14 8 .905 2.74
K. Poulin 11 16 1 .891 3.29

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