ISLANDERS UPEND PENGUINS IN A SHOOTOUT
For the third time this season, the Pittsburgh Penguins lost in a shootout to the New York Islanders.
The Penguins rallied to send the game into overtime, but Islanders converted on their first two chances in the shootout to post the 5-4 win.
“We worked hard and were aggressive,” Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. “I really liked the way we played.
“All-around beside the result, I thought had some guys play great games. I thought [Sergei] Gonchar played really well. He was skating and made some great plays,” he continued. “I really like the way [Ric] Jackman played. For the first game since he sat out for a long time, he has the attitude I was looking for and he got an opportunity to play and I thought he played really well. A lot of guys had good, solid games. That’s all I can ask.”
Miroslav Satan recorded a hat trick for the Islanders. He got them on the scoreboard 2:31 into the game when he snuck a power-play goal past Marc-Andre Fleury.
Sidney Crosby one-timed a power-play goal past Rick DiPietro with 10:54 left in the period. Michel Ouellet fired a cross-crease pass from the bottom of the far face-off circle over to Crosby, who one-timed it under DiPietro’s leg pad. Mark Recchi earned the other assist.
Satan scored his second power-play goal when he skated through the slot and one-timed a shot past Fleury with 7:00 left on the clock.
“I mentioned to the players after the first period that’s enough [power-play goals against],” said Therrien about his team’s struggles to kill power plays. “It’s certain players that aren’t paying attention to what we’re trying to teach. It’s not everyone, but a few guys. [Guillaume] Lefebvre and [Shane] Endicott are having a hard time reading the play.”
Satan completed the hat trick with his third power-play goal of the game with 10:28 left in the second period.
Tomas Surovy sliced the Penguins’ deficit to 3-2 with 1:24 on the clock as he banged in Ric Jackman’s rebound on a two-man advantage. Ryan Malone earned the other assist on the play.
Recchi tied the game 5:26 into the third period when he ripped in a rebound for a power-play goal. Sergei Gonchar and Colby Armstrong earned the assists.
Chris Campoli put the Islanders up 4-3 on the only even-strength goal of the day with 7:04 left in regulation.
Jackman tied the contest with 3:31 to play when he rifled a slap-shot from the far point past DiPietro. Gonchar and Malone assisted on the goal.
The Penguins had several chances to pick up the winning goal, but DiPietro shut the door every time. He finished with 40 saves on 44 shots.
“DiPietro was great; he stole the game,” Therrien said. “We had some great scoring chances, but he never gave up on the play and we hit some posts.”
ICE CHIPS: Cory Cross and Eric Cairns were the Penguins’ healthy scratches…Garth Snow, Eric Godard and Alexei Zhitnik were the Islanders’ healthy scratches…The announced attendance was 16,362.