NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at NY Islanders
(Wednesday, February 18th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 4, Pittsburgh 3
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Mariusz Czerkawski netted two goals as the New York Islanders posted a 4-3 win over Pittsburgh at Nassau Coliseum and handed the Penguins their 16th straight loss.
Roman Hamrlik and Kenny Jonsson each had a goal and an assist for the Isles, who pushed their unbeaten streak to five games (2-0-3). Garth Snow stopped 18 of the 21 shots he faced for the win as New York improved to 13-2-2 in its last 17 games on home ice.
Tomas Surovy, Ric Jackman and Milan Kraft scored for Pittsburgh, which had an overtime loss on Saturday at St. Louis to record a point, meaning the NHL record of 17 consecutive losses is not in danger. The futility mark was set by the 1974-75 Washington Capitals and tied by the expansion San Jose Sharks in 1992-93.
Pittsburgh's Andy Chiodo made 30 saves in his first NHL start. The Penguins have also come up empty in the win column over the last six meetings with the Islanders, going 0-5-1.
The Isles fell behind 2-1 late in the second period until Czerkawski's second of the night sparked a string of three consecutive Islander goals over a seven-minute span that paved the way for the victory.
Czerkawski reaped the benefits of a fluke goal with just 13 seconds left in the stanza that evened the contest at 2-2. Jonsson fluttered a shot toward the net that grazed off Czerkawski in front. The puck then bounced off the leg of Pittsburgh defenseman Robert Scuderi and into the net.
"It wasn't pretty, but we got the two points so we can move up the ladder," said Czerkawski. "That's what it's all about."
Hamrlik gave New York a 3-2 edge less than three minutes into the third frame. Michael Peca was standing behind the net when he found a streaking Hamrlik, who fired a one-timer past Chiodo.
"Roman read the play all the way," said Peca. "When you're reading each other that well, things happen pretty easily."
Jonsson added an insurance marker 3 1/2 minutes later with the extra skater when he beat Chiodo on a rebound opportunity from the left circle.
The Pens would not go away as Kraft's goal cut the margin to a goal with 8:35 to play. Kraft collected a loose puck in the slot and was able to get it through a maze of players in front as they scrambled to find the disc.
Marc Bergevin came within inches of tying the game at the six-minute mark, but his shot rang off the post, and Pittsburgh could do no more to stay out of the loss column.
Czerkawski got the Isles on the board first with his 20th goal of the campaign with just over five minutes left in the opening period. With Surovy serving a hooking minor, Czerkawski feigned a cross-ice pass from the lower right circle and quickly wristed the puck past the glove of Chiodo.
Surovy atoned for his penalty by knotting the game 6:54 into the second stanza. New York's Arron Asham fell down just inside the blue line as he tried to clear the puck. Bergevin poked the puck ahead to Surovy, who promptly blasted a shot past Snow from the top of the right circle.
Pittsburgh took a 2-1 lead less than eight minutes later when Jackman capitalized on the power play just four seconds after Cliff Ronning was whistled for tripping. Jackman buried a slap shot from the point off the draw just inside the left post.
The Penguins haven't won since January 12 against Philadelphia, a skid that includes eight consecutive road losses...New York scored in the opening period for the first time in seven games...Isles defenseman Radek Martinek left the game after taking a shot off the inside of his left foot in the second period and did not return.
02/19 02:16:52 ET