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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders

GAME: Pittsburgh Penguins (18-42-12) at New York Islanders (33-34-5).

TIME: Friday, 7 p.m. EST.

The New York Islanders try to continue their home dominance of the Pittsburgh Penguins when the teams meet at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders are 8-2-2 at home against the Penguins since the start of the 2000-01 season.

Alexei Yashin notched his 25th goal of the season against the New York Rangers on Wednesday, but it was league-leading scorer Jaromir Jagr who grabbed the spotlight. Jagr registered four assists in the Rangers' 5-1 victory, breaking the Rangers' franchise record for points in a season with his 110th.

"He's a special hockey player," Islanders interim coach Brad Shaw said. "Early in his career, he looked like this. I don't know what happened in a few of his middle years, but certainly this year, he's found the love of the game again."

Meanwhile, a struggling Islanders offense managed just 19 shots on goal and nearly was shut out for the second straight game. New York lost 2-0 to Montreal on Tuesday.

The Isles are 2-5-1 in their last eight games.

The Penguins have lost four of their last five contests, including a 5-3 defeat against Florida on Wednesday.

John LeClair scored his 400th career goal and Sergei Gonchar had two assists, but goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 17 shots before getting pulled midway through the second period.

Backup Sebastien Caron stopped all eight shots he faced.

LeClair's 18th goal of the season came on the power play, when he flipped a backhanded shot past Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo.

"I've scored quite a few goals like that," LeClair said. "It's one less thing hanging over your head. Now you can just go out and play hard. I'm glad it's behind us. It's nice to be able to have family here for it."

Penguins leading scorer Sidney Crosby was held without a point for just the 20th time in 71 games this season. His 80 points rank second among rookies behind Washington's Alexander Ovechkin.

STANDINGS: Penguins - 48 points, 5th place, 46 PB, Atlantic Division. Islanders - 71 points, 4th place, 23 PB, Atlantic Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Penguins - Crosby, 32 goals, 48 assists and 80 points; Brooks Orpik, 114 PIM. Islanders - Miroslav Satan, 29 goals; Yashin and Mike York, 36 assists; Yashin, 61 points; John Erskine, 140 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Penguins - Power play: 18.2 percent (80 for 440), 13th in NHL. Penalty killing: 78.2 percent (372 for 476), 27th. Islanders - Power play: 16.9 percent (66 for 390), 22nd. Penalty killing: 79.1 percent (340 for 430), 26th.

GOALTENDERS: Penguins - Fleury (11-25-5, 1 SO, 3.34 GAA); Caron (6-7-4, 4.21). Islanders - Rick DiPietro (27-22-5, 3.08); Garth Snow (4-9-0, 3.70).

SEASON SERIES: Islanders, 3-1-1.

LAST MEETING: March 24; Penguins, 4-3 (OT). At Pittsburgh, Crosby scored 3:28 into overtime and Fleury made 25 saves in the Penguins' fourth win in seven games. Jason Blake collected his 25th goal of the season for New York.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Penguins - 8-21-5 on the road; Islanders - 18-15-2 at home.

2005-2006 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 17 '06 NYI 1 at PIT 6
Apr 15 '06 PIT 4 at NYI 5 - SO
Mar 31 '06 PIT 4 at NYI 0
Mar 24 '06 NYI 3 at PIT 4 - OT
Feb 04 '06 NYI 5 at PIT 4 - SO
Jan 26 '06 PIT 3 at NYI 4 - SO
Nov 14 '05 NYI 3 at PIT 2 - SO
Nov 03 '05 PIT 5 at NYI 1 is the official Web site of the New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and are trademarks of New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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