Live Updates - Islanders vs. Penguins
Running feed of Thursday's game between the New York Islanders and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Thursday, 01.23.2014 / 7:00 PM / News
By Cory Wright
New York Islanders Pittsburgh Penguins
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 - 7:30 p.m. - Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NYNote: Page will automatically refresh every 60 seconds.
1:54 - Matt Martin and Tanner Glass drop the gloves in the Penguins zone. Both get fighting majors.
3:10 - NYI GOAL! Josh Bailey skates in on a breakaway and shots low blocker on Zatkoff. Islanders close the gap! 4-3 Penguins.
5:59 - PIT goal. Evgeni Malkin restores the two-goal lead, converting the pass from James Neal. 5-3 Penguins.
10:55 - NYI GOAL! Zatkoff doesn't fully cover the puck in a scramble and it gets poked in by Kyle Okposo! Islanders make it a game. 5-4 Penguins.
11:44 - NYI PP (Kris Letang - Two Minutes Hooking) Isles PP 0-for-1tonight.
12:55 - NYI PP (Tanner Glass - Two Minutes Tripping) Tavares draws a tripping penalty while driving hard to the net. Isles get a two-man advantage for 50 seconds.
12:55 - Isles call a 30-second timeout.
14:55 - Glass steps out of the box and teams are back to even strength.
15:30 - Penguins call a 30-second timeout.
2:33 - NYI PP (Olli Maatta - Two Minutes Cross-Checking). Isles head to their first PP. Isles showing some life, draw the penalty less than a minute after the goal.
5:35 - PIT goal. Olli Maatta skates throught the Islanders zone, cuts through the slot and backhands the puck past Poulin. Penguins lead 3-2
10:00 - Shots are 14-13 Islanders, but the Penguins lead 3-2.
12:27 - Casey Cizikas blocks a shot and immediately goes down, assisted off the ice favoring his left leg.
15:55 - Cizikas is back on the ice for the Islanders.
16:18 - PIT PP (Matt Martin - Two Minutes Hooking) Isles PK 1-for-1 tonight.
17:44 - PIT PP goal. Kris Letang puts the Penguins ahead by two as the league's top-ranked power play converts. Penguins lead 4-2.
END OF 2ND PERIOD: Penguins lead 4-2.
1:39 - NYI GOAL! Michael Grabner swoops in on a loose puck and goes top shelf on Zatkoff. 1-0 Islanders.
8:21 - NYI GOAL! Brock Nelson keeps, shoots and scores on a two-on-one rush with Grabner. Grabner drops it back and Nelson rips it high-blocker side on Zatkoff. 2-0 Islanders!
9:32 - PIT goal. Chris Kunitz cuts the Islanders lead to one, scoring on a one-timer in the slot. 2-1 Islanders.
10:00 - Islanders lead shots 6-3 midway through the first.
11:24 - PIT goal. Sidney Crosby taps in a goal line feed from Chris Kunitz and ties the game at 2. Game tied 2-2.
12:32 - PIT PP (Calvin de Haan - Two Minutes Interference) Islanders head to their first PK
END OF 1ST PERIOD: Game tied 2-2. Shots are 9-9.
26 Thomas Vanek - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo
16 Peter Regin - 51 Frans Nielsen - 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner - 29 Brock Nelson - 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald
37 Brian Strait - 47 Andrew MacDonald
44 Calvin de Haan - 46 Matt Donovan
14 Thomas Hickey - 7 Matt Carkner
60 Kevin Poulin
45 Anders Nilsson
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 12 Chuck Kobasew
36 Jussi Jokinen - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
15 Tanner Glass - 16 Bradon Sutter - 17 Taylor Pyatt
59 Jayson Megna - 27 Craig Adams - 5 Deryk Engelland
44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
4 Rob Scuderi - 58 Kris Letang
3 Olli Maatta - 2 Matt Niskanen
37 Jeff Zatkoff
29 Marc-Andre Fleury
The Islanders close out their season series with the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight on national TV at Nassau Coliseum. The Isles and Pens have developed an intense rivalry over the past few seasons and always treat fans to hard-hitting, high-scoring and close hockey games. The Isles are 1-1-1 against the Pens this season, but all games were decided by one goal and in the last two minutes of play.
The Penguins are the toast of the Eastern Conference, with the most wins (35), points (72) and goals (162). The Islanders are coming off back-to-back wins against the Flyers and Rangers, and are one of the hottest team in the conference with 10 wins in their last 13 games.
Lineup Notes/Changes: Poulin in goal. Same lineup as Tuesday's win at the Rangers. Boulton, Carkner & Hamonic remain the scratches. #Isles
Comeback Kids: The Isles have rallied from a two-goal deficit to win an NHL-leading eight times this season, including six times on the road. The Islanders have won games in which they've trailed by two goals or more six times since December 29, and five of those six wins were recorded in regulation time.
NHL’s Top Line: The trio of John Tavares, Thomas Vanek and Kyle Okposo has been the NHL’s best since Dec. 17. Tavares leads the league with 25 points during that span, while Vanek (22) is second and Okposo (21) is tied for third.
Streaking: Thomas Vanek is riding a six-game point streak (3g/5a), while Frans Nielsen is riding a five-game point streak (1g/5a).
Okposo: Kyle Okposo is one point shy of matching his career high (52) set in the 2009-10 season.
Crosby vs. Tavares: The league’s top two scorers, Sidney Crosby and John Tavares, go head-to-head tonight. Crosby has 69 points (26g/43a), while Tavares has 62 (23g/39a). The rival captains will be teammates for Team Canada at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Tavares on Crosby: There’s no question [he’s the best in the game]. You look at his resume and him on a consistent basis, the level he is at is so high. His game never seems to dip, he’s always improving and getting better. He’s so consistent. It’s not just producing, he makes everyone around him better.
January Record: The Islanders are 8-3-0 in January, marking the first time in over 10 years the Islanders won eight games in January. The most January wins in franchise history is 10, set in 1980.
NHL Revealed: The Islanders were featured on the first episode of NBC’s NHL Revealed: A season like no other. The birth of Kyle Okposo’s daughter and John Tavares’ five-point night against the Dallas Stars were the Isles highlights of the show.
From the Coach: Our young players are playing better and playing with more confidence right now. It starts at the back end between the pipes and I think our goalies have played better and are giving us a chance to win games.
Emperor Penguins: The Penguins have some of the best offensive talent in NHL, icing a lineup that includes Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal and Chris Kunitz. Crosby leads the league in scoring with 69 points in 50 games, while Malkin and Kunitz each have 50. Neal has been limited to 29 games this season, but has 37 points.
Special Teams: The Penguins boast the league’s best power play and penalty kill. The PP is converting at 24.7% while the PK is killing at a rate of 88.2%.