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PITTSBURGH 3, ISLANDERS 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

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PITTSBURGH 3, ISLANDERS 2
New York Islanders 2, Pittsburgh Penguins 3

Penguins hang on for victory to break losing streak



The Pittsburgh Penguins took a 3-2 lead into the third period and kept the Islanders off the board in the final 20 minutes to secure their first victory in five games, Thursday night at Mellon Arena.

Georges Laraque's tie-breaking goal late in the second period proved to be the difference as Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 26 saves for his first win in six games. The Islanders pressed in the third period, and earned a power play late in the final frame, but could not capitalize. The Islanders fall to 9-6-0 on the season.

"We didn't set-up well," said Bryan Berard about the power that went 0-for-2. "We squeezed our sticks too tight and we didn't get enough shots through. We were rushing too much."

The Islanders grabbed a 1-0 lead with 5:42 remaining in the first period. Brendan Witt's shot from the point deflected off Mike Comrie, then Sergei Gonchar's shin pad and past Fleury for Comrie's sixth goal of the season.

Gonchar evened the score at one with a slapshot from the point late in the first period, with the teams skating 4-on-4.

The Penguins took a 2-1 lead during a 5-on-3 power play. Petr Sykora pushed the puck over the goal line 58 seconds into the second period.

Josef Vasicek scored his sixth goal of the season to tie the game at two, 8:51 into the second period. Bruno Gervais and Sean Bergenheim earned the assists on the goal.

With 3:15 to play in the second period, Sidney Crosby set-up Laraque for a 3-2 Penguins lead and the eventual game-winner.

The Islanders get right back to work tomorrow, taking on the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center.

Five Stars of the Game:
1. Georges Laraque:
His first goal of the season proved to be the game-winner
2. Sergei Gonchar: Made up for deflecting in the Islanders' first goal
3. Josef Vasicek: Used his long reach to even the score at one
4. Sidney Crosby: Extended his point streak to 18 games
5. Marc-Andre Fleury: Bounced back after some poor showings recently

Stat of the Game: Mike Sillinger won 67% of his faceoffs

Slapshots: Mike Comrie and Josef Vasicek lead the Islanders with six goals…Miroslav Satan snapped his eight-game point streak…The Islanders out-hit the Penguins 21-16…Bill Guerin returned tonight after missing the last game.




Check out the Islanders TV Game Day tab for complete coverage of tonight’s game.




ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
39 Rick DiPietro
34 Wade Dubielewicz

Defensemen
32 Brendan Witt – 24 Radek Martinek
25 Andy Sutton – 4 Bryan Berard
14 Chris Campoli – 8 Bruno Gervais

Forwards
11 Andy Hilbert – 18 Mike Sillinger – 13 Bill Guerin
26 Ruslan Fedotenko – 89 Mike Comrie – 7 Trent Hunter
20 Sean Bergenheim – 63 Josef Vasicek – 81 Miroslav Satan
12 Chris Simon – 10 Richard Park – 28 Tim Jackman


PITTSBURGH
Goaltenders

29 Marc-Andre Fleury
30 Dany Sabourin

Defensemen
3   Mark Eaton - 55 Sergei Gonchar
44 Brooks Orpik – 58 Kris Letang
4 Rob Scuderi – 19 Ryan Whitney

Forwards
12 Ryan Malone - 87 Sidney Crosby - 17 Petr Sykora
11 Jordan Staal - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 48 Tyler Kennedy
10 Gary Roberts - 16 Erik Christensen - 18 Adam Hall
37 Jarkko Ruutu- 25 Maxime Talbot - 27 Georges Laraque








scoring summary
1st Period
14:17
NYI
Mike Comrie (6) ASST: Brendan Witt (3), Trent Hunter (4)
1 - 0 NYI
18:22
PIT
Sergei Gonchar (5) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (18), Marc-Andre Fleury (1)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
00:58
PIT
PPG - Petr Sykora (8) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (19), Sergei Gonchar (13)
2 - 1 PIT
08:51
NYI
Josef Vasicek (6) ASST: Bruno Gervais (6), Sean Bergenheim (3)
2 - 2 Tie
16:45
PIT
Georges Laraque (1) ASST: Sidney Crosby (18)
3 - 2 PIT
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
04:29
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Hooking against  Tim Jackman
10:24
NYI
Tim Jackman  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Jarkko Ruutu
10:24
PIT
Jarkko Ruutu  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Tim Jackman
17:05
NYI
Sean Bergenheim  Interference - Goalkeeper against  Marc-Andre Fleury
17:05
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Roughing against  Sean Bergenheim
19:03
NYI
Miroslav Satan  Holding against  Evgeni Malkin
19:36
NYI
Andy Hilbert  Hooking against  Petr Sykora
2nd Period
12:59
NYI
Mike Sillinger  Hooking against  Tyler Kennedy
3rd Period
03:57
NYI
Mike Comrie  Hooking against  Ryan Malone
13:43
NYI
Bryan Berard  Hooking against  Georges Laraque
16:48
PIT
Tyler Kennedy  Hooking against  Trent Hunter
19:42
NYI
Bill Guerin  Holding against  Sidney Crosby
goalie stats
Rick DiPietro
SA: 27TOI: 58:49
Saves: 24EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .889SH: 0 - 0
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 28TOI: 59:16
Saves: 26EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .929SH: 2 - 2
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