NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at NY Islanders |
(Sunday, February 29th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, NY Islanders 2 (OT)
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Ryan Malone scored the game-winning goal with
3:15 remaining in overtime to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 victory
over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
Andy Chiodo stopped 38 of the 40 shots he faced to earn the win for the
Penguins, who won their second overtime game in the last three contests.
Pittsburgh, which only managed a point in its NHL record 18-game losing streak
(0-17-0-1), has garnered four points in the three contests since.
Tomas Surovy and Ric Jackman tallied Pittsburgh's other two goals in the win.
Milan Kraft recorded two assists off face-off wins and Jackman assisted on a
goal for a two-point game.
"We've been playing hard like this just about all season, and recently, we've
been rewarded," Penguins head coach Ed Olczyk said.
Janne Niinimaa and Oleg Kvasha scored both Islanders goals, as New York lost
for just the second time in its last 11 home games (6-1-3-1). Garth Snow faced
only 24 shots, but made just 21 saves in the losing effort.
Malone scored the winning marker for the Pens at the 2:45 mark of the extra
period. Jackman skated into the Islanders zone along the right boards with the
puck and fired a wrist shot on net. Snow made the initial save, but the puck
deflected off his pads and out to Malone, who had skated onto the doorstep.
The rookie forward stuck his stick out and jammed the puck into the back of
the net for his 20th of the season.
"Nobody expects us to make the playoffs or win the Stanley Cup this season,"
Malone said. "But give it a year or so down the road, and as we grow as a
team, we'll be better."
The Penguins knotted it at 2-2 on a Jackman power-play goal with only 35
seconds left in the second period.
Kraft won a faceoff from the right circle and quickly tapped it back to Dick
Tarnstrom, who froze a defenseman with a windup. Tarnstrom slid the puck over
to Jackman along the left boards, as the defenseman one-timed a slapper that
beat Snow gloveside.
Kvasha gave the Isles a 2-1 edge at the 12:14 mark of the second 20 minutes
with a short-handed wrister that beat Chiodo under his left leg pad.
The Pens tied it at one with only 1:08 gone by in the period with a Surovy
tally, that was identical to Pittsburgh's second goal.
Kraft won a faceoff, this time from the left circle, and tapped the puck out
to Surovy between the circles. Surovy quickly ripped a one-timer that went
into the upper right corner of the net.
Chiodo came up big for Pittsburgh in the net during the period with 16 saves
on 17 shots. Jason Blake almost put the Islanders on top two goals early in
the period with two wristers from the slot, but the rookie goaltender gloved
Niinimaa put New York on the board first with only six seconds remaining in
the first period, as he laced a slapper from the slot that Chiodo failed to
The Pens helped their cause by going 1-for-2 on the power play, while the
Islanders were 0-for-5 with the extra skater.
"The power play failed us, big time," Islanders head coach Steve Stirling
said. "The game should have been over in the first period."
The Penguins won for just the fourth time this season when trailing after the
first period (4-33-2)...The Penguins won on a Sunday for the first time this
season (1-4)...New York lost for just the second time in the last 10 meetings
with Pittsburgh (7-1-1-1).
02/29 20:58:02 ET