NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Pittsburgh
(Wednesday, October 29th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 4, Pittsburgh 4
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Jason Blake and Mariusz Czerkawski each scored a goal near the midway point of the third period to help the New York Islanders skate to a 4-4 tie with the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Igloo.
Alexei Yashin and Shawn Bates also scored for the Islanders, who are 1-2-1 in their last four games. Garth Snow made 20 saves for New York.
Penguins superstar center Mario Lemieux became just the sixth player in NHL history to reach 1,700 points when he posted an assist in the first period. Lemieux joins Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Mark Messier, Marcel Dionne and Ron Francis as the only players to record 1,700 points.
"It's nice to get it out of the way," Lemieux said. "Sometimes when you're going for a milestone, you try to do too much."
Mike Eastwood posted a goal and an assist for the Penguins, while Konstantin Koltsov registered three assists. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 35-of-39 shots for Pittsburgh.
Eastwood had scored early in the third period to give Pittsburgh a 4-2 edge, but Blake made it a one-goal game at the 8:25 mark. Blake made a great move to gain the Pittsburgh zone and then skated into the left circle, where he sent a wrister into the upper left corner of the net.
Czerkawski scored on a wrist shot from the right side of the crease just 2:48 later to even the game at 4-4.
Isles captain Michael Peca had a breakaway attempt with around 1:30 left in regulation, but Fleury, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, made a big pad save to send the game into overtime.
The Islanders took eight shots in the extra session, but were unable to get one past the rookie netminder.
The Islanders opened the scoring on Bates' shorthanded goal at 8:03 of the first period. Yashin then scored with 2:53 remaining in the first to give New York a 2-0 edge.
The Penguins scored with just 16 seconds left in the opening stanza to make it a 2-1 game. Lemieux reached his milestone on the play, as he backhanded a pass into the slot for Dick Tarnstrom, who whipped a wrist shot over Snow's glove.
Martin Straka scored just 52 seconds into the second period to even the score at 2-2. Rico Fata blazed into the zone on the right wing and centered a pass in front. Straka slipped behind the defense and tapped the puck past Snow.
Ryan Malone scored his first NHL goal just under three minutes later to give the Penguins their first lead. Eastwood won the faceoff back to Malone and the rookie beat the goaltender with a weak wrister from the blue line.
Eastwood pushed Pittsburgh's lead to 4-2 just 2:10 into the third period. He carried the puck in on a partial breakaway and was able to jam a backhander over Snow's left pad.
Eastwood's goal had given Pittsburgh its first lead of more than one goal this season...Koltsov posted the first three-point game of his career...New York is unbeaten in the last seven meetings (5-0-0-2). The Islanders are also 5-1-1 in their last seven trips to Pittsburgh...The Islanders went 0-for-4 on the power play, while Pittsburgh failed to score on eight opportunities with the man advantage.
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