|PIT||0||0||0||0||0 (0 - 3)||3|
|NYI||0||0||0||0||1 (1 - 2)||4|
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Miroslav Satan rescued two points for the New York Islanders, and John LeClair salvaged one for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
All in all it was a pretty productive night for the bottom two teams in the Atlantic Division.
Satan had a goal in regulation and was the only player to score in the shootout Thursday night, lifting the Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Penguins.
Considering that New York led 3-1 in the third period, held Pittsburgh to three shots in the first and 16 total, it would be safe to assume the Islanders would've had an easier time.
That wasn't the case.
Mark Recchi brought Pittsburgh within 3-2 early in the third and LeClair tied it with 26.6 seconds left in regulation.
``They got a lucky bounce, and that happens,'' Satan said of LeClair's goal, whacked in out of mid-air. ``I'm glad we got the two points.''
Alexei Yashin had a goal and recorded his 400th NHL assist and backup Wade Dubielewicz stopped all three Pittsburgh skaters in the shootout. The fourth-place Islanders lead the last-place Penguins by 11 points.
``We felt like we were supposed to win this game, so when they tied it up, we were able to stay mentally strong,'' Satan said.
The Penguins lost for the 11th time in 12 games, but didn't leave empty handed because of LeClair's short-handed goal that came with Sidney Crosby in the penalty box.
But Dubielewicz stopped Michel Ouellet, Crosby and Ryan Malone to make Satan's goal hold up and help the Islanders break a three-game losing streak.
Yashin scored a power-play goal on a deflection in the first period - when New York had a 14-3 edge in shots - then helped set up Satan for another man-advantage goal in the second. Oleg Kvasha gave New York a 3-1 lead 2:24 into the final period.
That was enough to knock off the Penguins, who played their second game since Mario Lemieux retired.
``As you learn to win, you learn sometimes when you're not on your best night to find ways to win or get points,'' Crosby said.
The Islanders improved to 3-3-1 since Brad Shaw took over for fired coach Steve Stirling. Dubielewicz made 13 saves in place of regular starter Rick DiPietro, who watched from the bench. DiPietro was pulled in the second period of the Islanders' 4-0 loss to New Jersey on Tuesday after giving up all the goals on 17 shots.
``I wasn't good,'' Dubielewicz said. ``It was a tough game to play. I was kind of nervous to begin with, and then when you face only three shots in the first period, coming out for the second period feels like you're starting the game all over again.''
Pittsburgh had only eight shots through two periods. But the Penguins were down 3-2 when Mark Recchi deflected in defenseman Sergei Gonchar's drive 1:21 after Kvasha extended the Islanders' lead.
That was the Penguins' ninth shot and the second to get past Dubielewicz. The first was scored by newly acquired defenseman Eric Cairns, brought to Pittsburgh mainly to protect Crosby.
``We didn't quit and that's important,'' Recchi said. ``We are looking for a lot of positives right now. We've got to stay focused and positive and those were definitely positive signs.''
Cairns, who played the previous six seasons with the Islanders, scored his 10th NHL goal in his sixth game with the Penguins. Cairns' last goal came 74 games earlier, on Dec. 6, 2003, while with New York. He received a warm round of applause from the crowd, more used to hearing his name announced following fights.
``I'm just playing the game the way I've always played it,'' Cairns said. ``Go out there, play defense, protect my teammates and create a spark every once in a while - not scoring too many goals but when I do, it's a bonus.''
New York grabbed the early lead when Jason Blake's pass hit the heel of Yashin's stick, and deflected off the post and goalie Sebastien Caron's skate before trickling in.
Yashin set up Satan during a 5-on-3 power play to make it 2-0.
Crosby, who had a career-best four points Wednesday, and Recchi assisted on Cairns' goal at 9:26 of the second.
``He was so excited, I thought he was going to give me a kiss out there,'' Recchi said.
Caron, subbing for Marc-Andre Fleury, made 28 saves.
Notes: Cairns, who started the season with the Florida Panthers, has 42 points and 1,095 penalty minutes in 434 NHL games. ... New York is 4-11-1 in its last 16 games. ... Pittsburgh RW Eric Boguniecki appeared to injure an arm in the third period when he was slammed into a partition along the Penguins bench by Satan.
|PPG - Alexei Yashin (17) ASST: Jason Blake (17), Chris Campoli (13)|
1 - 0 NYI
|PPG - Miroslav Satan (19) ASST: Mark Parrish (13), Alexei Yashin (26)|
2 - 0 NYI
|Eric Cairns (1) ASST: Mark Recchi (26), Sidney Crosby (35)|
2 - 1 NYI
|Oleg Kvasha (7) ASST: Mark Parrish (14)|
3 - 1 NYI
|Mark Recchi (17) ASST: Sergei Gonchar (21)|
3 - 2 NYI
|SHG - John Leclair (10) ASST: Ryan Whitney (16), Michel Ouellet (9)|
3 - 3 Tie
|1||M. Ouellet||M. Satan||0 - 1|
|2||S. Crosby||T. Hunter||0 - 1|
|3||R. Malone||0 - 1|
|Josef Melichar Hooking|
|Brooks Orpik Roughing|
|Alexei Zhitnik Hooking|
|Ryan Whitney Hooking|
|Mark Recchi Tripping|
|Shawn Bates Holding|
|Sergei Gonchar Hooking|
|Miroslav Satan Boarding|
|Sidney Crosby Hi-sticking|
|SA: 31||TOI: 64:32|
|Saves: 28||EV: 17 - 18|
|PIM: 0||PP: 11 - 13|
|SV%: .903||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 16||TOI: 64:58|
|Saves: 13||EV: 13 - 15|
|PIM: 0||PP: 0 - 0|
|SV%: .813||SH: 0 - 1|