Penguins 6, Islanders 1

Travis Betts | Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 10:17 PM

The New York Islanders fell behind by three goals early and were never able to recover, falling 6-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins Sunday at CONSOL Energy Center.

The Islanders, playing for the second consecutive day, got into penalty trouble early and allowed five-point efforts to Sidney Crosby (five assists) and Chris Kunitz (three goals, two assists). The regulation loss ends the Islanders five-game points streak (3-0-2) and two-game road winning streak.

“Our discipline wasn’t really good,” Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano said after the game. “They’ve got the fourth-best power play in the league and you can’t get behind two or three goals to this team. Right off the bat, the undisciplined penalties we took killed us. We went to the box three straight times and they capitalized on it.

Pascal Dupuis scored his first of the night on a one-timer from Chris Kunitz along the goal line to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 edge at 7:10 of the first period. Evgeni Nabokov wasn't expecting the shot from the hard angle, and it glanced off the inside of his pads and in. Crosby earned the secondary assist on the goal.

The Penguins power play spent almost 90 seconds on a 5-on-3 power play later in the period, and capitalized by doubling their lead. Kunitz got in front of Nabokov and converted a pass from James Neal at 13:46. Three minutes later, Kunitz scored again on the man advantage from just outside the crease.

Mark Streit, who led all players with 25:54 of ice time and five blocked shots, said the team’s effort in the first 20 minutes needed improvement, especially once Pittsburgh went on three first-period power plays.

“If you give up two goals on the penalty kill, then it’s tough to rebound,” Streit said. “We had a flat start. We woke up a bit too late.”

Trailing 3-0 in the second period, Brad Boyes scored the lone Islanders goal of the night. Simon Despres got tied up with the puck at the blue line and fell to the ice, springing Boyes down the wing. Boyes’ snipe went far side on Pittsburgh goaltender Tomas Vokoun. Casey Cizikas, who was making his way off the ice for a change when he passed it ahead, and Matt Moulson were credited with the assists.

But the Penguins pulled ahead for good later in the second. Kunitz completed his hat trick at 13:34 after a Kris Letang shot bounced off Nabokov’s pad and onto the forward’s stick, making the score 4-1. Sixteen seconds later, Neal extended the Penguins lead to four goals on a breakaway with his team-leading 17th of the season.

Dupuis scored his second of the night six minutes into the third period to make the score 6-1. After a failed clearing attempt by the Islanders, Crosby and Dupuis had a 2-on-0 down low on Kevin Poulin, who replaced Nabokov between the pipes following the second intermission. Crosby, who earned assists on each of Pittsburgh’s first four goals, finished the game with his fifth helper of the game. Kunitz picked up an assist on the play as well for his fifth point of the night.

Poulin finished the third period with 10 saves on 11 shots. Nabokov stopped 12-of-17 in the first 40 minutes of the contest.

Notes: The Islanders registered 14 shots in the third period after being outshot 17-10 through the first two periods … The Islanders went 0-for-3 on the man advantage, while the Penguins went 2-for-4 … The Islanders lost the faceoff battle 39-19 … Kyle Okposo was the Isles’ best in the circle at 3-for-5 (60%) … Matt Martin led the Islanders with four hits.

New York Islanders


26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes

12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen - 21 Kyle Okposo

40 Michael Grabner - 16 Marty Reasoner - 41 David Ullstrom

17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald


47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic

14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky

2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek


20 Evgeni Nabokov

60 Kevin Poulin

Pittsburgh Penguins


14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis

18 James Neal - 15 Dustin Jeffrey - 19 Beau Bennett

24 Matt Cooke - 16 Brandon Sutter - 48 Tyler Kennedy

27 Craig Adams - 46 Joe Vitale - 10 Tanner Glass


58 Kris Letang - 4 Mark Eaton

7 Paul Martin - 44 Brooks Orpik

47 Simon Despres - 2 Matt Niskanen


92 Tomas Vokoun

29 Marc-Andre Fleury

Scoring Summary
1st Period
07:10PIT Pascal Dupuis (10) ASST: Chris Kunitz (18), Sidney Crosby (29) 1 - 0 PIT
13:46PIT PPG - Chris Kunitz (15) ASST: James Neal (10), Sidney Crosby (30) 2 - 0 PIT
16:41PIT PPG - Chris Kunitz (16) ASST: James Neal (11), Sidney Crosby (31) 3 - 0 PIT
2nd Period
08:07NYI Brad Boyes (6) ASST: Casey Cizikas (7), Matt Moulson (16) 3 - 1 PIT
13:34PIT Chris Kunitz (17) ASST: Kris Letang (22), Sidney Crosby (32) 4 - 1 PIT
13:50PIT James Neal (17) ASST: Kris Letang (23) 5 - 1 PIT
3rd Period
06:39PIT Pascal Dupuis (11) ASST: Sidney Crosby (33), Chris Kunitz (19) 6 - 1 PIT
Three Stars of the Game
Chris Kunitz
Chris Kunitz
G: 3Shots: 5
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 5PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 14:05
Sidney Crosby
Sidney Crosby
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 5Hits: 1
PTS: 5PIM: 2
+/-: 3TOI: 15:00
Pascal Dupuis
Pascal Dupuis
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 3TOI: 17:18
Penalty Summary
1st Period
04:35PIT Sidney Crosby  Roughing against  Evgeni Nabokov
04:35NYI Evgeni Nabokov  Roughing against  Sidney Crosby
11:45NYI Brad Boyes  Tripping against  Tyler Kennedy
12:24NYI Travis Hamonic  Cross checking against  James Neal
16:17NYI Andrew MacDonald  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
2nd Period
19:24PIT Paul Martin  Holding against  Colin McDonald
3rd Period
08:26PIT Brooks Orpik  Hooking against  Matt Martin
11:22NYI Kyle Okposo  Roughing against  Matt Cooke
19:19PIT Pascal Dupuis  Hooking against  Matt Martin
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/32/4
Faceoff Wins1939
Blocked Shots1611
Penalty Minutes108
2M. StreitD00-12025:54
3T. HamonicD00-21213:43
4R. MartinekD0001016:11
11L. VisnovskyD00-11025:23
12J. BaileyR00-20014:16
13C. McDonaldR0000010:52
14T. HickeyD0011019:31
16M. ReasonerC0001012:15
17M. MartinL0001011:52
21K. OkposoR00-34215:49
24B. BoyesR1003219:18
26M. MoulsonL0103019:16
40M. GrabnerR00-11013:40
41D. UllstromL000009:30
47A. MacDonaldD00-31218:46
51F. NielsenC00-33016:03
53C. CizikasC011009:52
91J. TavaresC00-11020:07
20E. Nabokov1217.70640:00
60K. Poulin1011.90919:56
2M. NiskanenD0003018:44
4M. EatonD0040016:04
7P. MartinD0003222:15
9P. DupuisR2035217:18
10T. GlassL0000013:12
14C. KunitzL3235014:05
15D. JeffreyL0010013:50
16B. SutterC00-10018:18
18J. NealR1212012:59
19B. BennettR0010013:13
24M. CookeL00-11017:35
27C. AdamsR0000013:25
44B. OrpikD0001220:11
46J. VitaleC0002012:58
47S. DespresD00-11018:32
48T. KennedyC00-10012:22
58K. LetangD0232023:31
87S. CrosbyC0533215:00
92T. Vokoun2324.95859:47