Penguins 3, Islanders 1

Cory Wright | Saturday, 10.18.2014 / 10:29 PM

The New York Islanders suffered their first loss of the season Saturday, falling 3-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center.

Thomas Hickey scored his first goal of the campaign, putting the Islanders ahead 1-0, but three unanswered goals and a dry spell for the power play halted the Islanders four-game win streak.

“You’re not going to win every game and I just don’t think we had it from the start,” Hickey said. “There are some nights when you don’t have it. We were right there, but we couldn’t execute like we normally do and it ended up being a loss.”

The Islanders power play went 0-for-7 Saturday, but the turning point of the game came in the second period, when the Islanders failed to score on a five-on-three opportunity. The Islanders managed two shots in 1:26 of a two-man advantage, opening the door for the Penguins to stay in the game.

“The overall intensity [was missing] with some of our guys tonight,” Head Coach Jack Capuano said. “You could see the execution was down [on the power play], but give [Pittsburgh] credit for killing them. If you don’t score on a five-on-three, it’s a turning point in a game.”

Four minutes after the Islanders' missed opportunity, the Penguins got their own two-man advantage and converted twice. The Islanders had more power-play opportunities late in the game, but couldn’t muster a shot on their final two chances, after generating 12 shots on their first five. The dry spell ended a four-game scoring streak for the Islanders power play.

“We had a few chances and we just didn’t get good wood on them, or the timing was just off,” Islanders captain John Tavares said.

The Islanders played well five-on-five Saturday, as Hickey put the Islanders ahead 1-0 5:46 into the first period. Hickey finished the play blocker side on Marc-Andre Fleury, but it was Ryan Strome who found the trailing defenseman, setting him up for a clear shot. Hickey’s goal was the sixth by an Islanders defenseman this season

The 1-0 lead lasted into the first intermission, as Jaroslav Halakmade 16 of his 35 saves in the opening frame.

Eventually, the Penguins snipers got the better of the Islanders goaltender, as Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist scored 55 seconds apart on the Penguins game-changing power play. Malkin beat Halak with a wrister over his right shoulder on the five-on-three, while Hornqvist tipped home a Malkin drive less than a minute later.

Fleury stopped 34-of-35 shots for the win, while Hornqvist added an empty netter with 1:20 to play.

The Islanders return home to Nassau Coliseum Tuesday for a date with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
05:46NYI Thomas Hickey (1) ASST: Ryan Strome (5), Brock Nelson (4) 1 - 0 NYI
2nd Period
13:49PIT PPG - Evgeni Malkin (2) ASST: Sidney Crosby (4), Patric Hornqvist (4) 1 - 1 Tie
14:44PIT PPG - Patric Hornqvist (3) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (5), Kris Letang (4) 2 - 1 PIT
3rd Period
18:40PIT EN - Patric Hornqvist (4) ASST: Chris Kunitz (3), Sidney Crosby (5) 3 - 1 PIT
Three Stars of the Game
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 23-24
PIM: 0PP: 10-10
SV%: .971SH: 1-1
Patric Hornqvist
Patric Hornqvist
G: 2Shots: 12
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:57
Jaroslav Halak
Jaroslav Halak
SA: 37TOI: 58:42
GA: 2EV: 27-27
PIM: 0PP: 7-9
SV%: .946SH: 1-1
Penalty Summary
1st Period
09:31NYI Casey Cizikas  Tripping against  Evgeni Malkin
2nd Period
04:02NYI Johnny Boychuk  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
06:10PIT Steve Downie  Hi-sticking against  Travis Hamonic
06:44PIT Paul Martin  Tripping against  Johnny Boychuk
08:21PIT Steve Downie  Embellishment against  Ryan Strome
08:21NYI Ryan Strome  Tripping against  Steve Downie
09:31PIT Sidney Crosby  Hooking against  Casey Cizikas
12:56NYI Cory Conacher  Hooking against  Sidney Crosby
13:34NYI John Tavares  Too many men/ice - bench
15:54NYI Cory Conacher  Roughing against  Kris Letang
15:54PIT Kris Letang  Roughing against  Cory Conacher
3rd Period
01:15PIT Kris Letang  Hooking against  Cory Conacher
04:23PIT Steve Downie  Charging against  Frans Nielsen
04:23NYI Travis Hamonic  Misconduct (10 min)
04:23NYI Travis Hamonic  Instigator against  Steve Downie
04:23NYI Travis Hamonic  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Downie
04:23PIT Steve Downie  Fighting (maj) against  Travis Hamonic
11:36PIT Simon Despres  Hi-sticking against  Frans Nielsen
16:02PIT Steve Downie  Tripping against  Frans Nielsen
19:45PIT Olli Maatta  Hooking against  John Tavares
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/72/4
Faceoff Wins2934
Blocked Shots1117
Penalty Minutes2925
2N. LeddyD00-10021:08
3T. HamonicD00101714:36
12J. BaileyR0000014:07
13C. McDonaldR0001010:53
14T. HickeyD1012019:37
15C. ClutterbuckR0002010:07
17M. MartinL0001010:43
18R. StromeR0113211:41
21K. OkposoR00-15023:12
29B. NelsonL0100017:25
37B. StraitD0001015:09
44C. de HaanD0000016:04
51F. NielsenC0004018:51
53C. CizikasC0001212:00
55J. BoychukD00-16224:23
86N. KuleminL0012013:29
89C. ConacherC00-13415:57
91J. TavaresC00-14023:59
41J. Halak3537.94658:42
3O. MaattaD0003223:16
4R. ScuderiD0001017:01
7P. MartinD0002219:13
9P. DupuisR0001015:54
10C. EhrhoffD0000020:34
13N. SpalingC000109:23
14C. KunitzL0101019:08
16B. SutterC0005019:54
17B. ComeauL0001010:54
23S. DownieR0001139:43
27C. AdamsR0000010:44
38Z. SillC000006:20
47S. DespresD0002211:54
57M. GocC0000011:33
58K. LetangD0100423:39
71E. MalkinC1105017:33
72P. HornqvistR21012018:57
87S. CrosbyC0203220:03
29M. Fleury3435.97160:00