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PENGUINS FALL TO ISLANDERS IN SHOOTOUT ONCE AGAIN

Saturday, 04.15.2006 / 12:00 AM / Pittsburgh Penguins
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PENGUINS FALL TO ISLANDERS IN SHOOTOUT ONCE AGAIN

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – The New York Islanders won their fourth shootout against the Penguins this season Saturday night, 5-4.

Pittsburgh’s Michel Ouellet scored on the Penguins’ first attempt. Sergei Gonchar scored on the fourth attempt and Ryan Whitney beat Rick DiPietro on the team’s fifth attempt. Ryan Malone rung the puck off the crossbar on the sixth attempt.

Sebastien Caron denied Miroslav Satan and Trent Hunter before Shawn Bates, Jason Blake and Alexei Yashin scored in succession. Robert Nilsson tallied on the Islanders’ sixth attempt to earn the win.

It was the fourth time this season these two teams have gone to a shootout against each other. The Islanders won all four of them.

Penguins super rookie Crosby failed to register a point Saturday night. The 18-year-old’s chase for 100 points remains at 97 (38+59) with two games remaining.

Both teams battled to a 4-4 tie through regulation and overtime.

Satan had a golden scoring opportunity with 11:36 remaining in the first period. He slipped through for a short-handed breakaway, but his shot hit the post and goaltender Caron smothered the puck.

Gonchar wristed a shot past DiPietro with 11:01 left in the period. Inside the blue line, Gonchar fired a puck through a screen set up by John LeClair and it found the back of the net. Malone and Eric Boguniecki had the assists.

Gonchar now has 37 points (5+32) in his last 33 games.

The Islanders tied the game at 1-1 with 8:29 to go on a Jason Blake goal.

Blake deflected another shot into the goal 33 seconds into the second period for a 2-1 Islanders advantage.

Satan converted on a breakaway 40 seconds later for a 3-1 New York lead.

LeClair rifled in a power-play goal with 9:27 on the clock to trim the deficit to 3-2. Whitney and Caron had assists on the play.

Jeremy Colliton scored his first NHL goal with 5:33 left in the period to boost New York’s advantage to 4-2.LeClair deflected Josef Melichar’s shot into the net with 13.1 seconds left to trim the Penguins’ deficit to 4-3. Rob Scuderi had the other assist.

Hilbert tied the score with 1:41 to go in regulation. On the power play and with the goalie pulled, Hilbert buried a puck past DiPietro at the top of the crease. Colby Armstrong and LeClair assisted on the goal.

The Penguins return to action Monday against the Islanders at Mellon Arena.

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