NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at NY Islanders
(Thursday, November 3rd)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, NY Islanders 1
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Rookie Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 5-1 rout of the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
Erik Christensen netted his first career goal and Mario Lemieux had three assists for the Penguins, who have won three of four after starting the season 0-4-5.
"We moved the puck very well again," Lemieux said. "We're the type of team that if we're moving the puck well, we'll be successful."
Ray Whitney also had three assists and Sebastien Caron stopped 22 shots in net for Pittsburgh.
Alexei Yashin scored the lone goal and Rick DiPietro stopped 28 of 33 shots for New York, which has dropped three of its last four.
Crosby got the scoring started at the 4:40 mark of the first period, punching a Sergei Gonchar rebound home from just outside the crease.
The Penguins then went up 2-0 late in the frame, as Mark Recchi redirected a Crosby centering feed with his skate into the back of the net.
Yashin cut the lead in half at 13:40 of the second period, settling a long outlet pass from Arron Asham before beating Caron with a heavy shot.
Pittsburgh, though, would score three unanswered goals to win the game comfortably.
Christensen scored on a rebound with 4:17 left in the second and John LeClair followed with a redirection goal with under a minute to play in the same period.
"When it got to 3-1, it was adversity, and we haven't done very well with adversity," said Islanders head coach Steve Sterling.
Crosby, the No. 1 pick in this year's draft, lit the lamp for the second time in the game to round out the scoring, lifting a Lemieux cross-ice pass into the top-left portion of the net for a power-play goal at 4:01 of the third. It was Crosby's first two-goal game of his NHL career.
Pittsburgh, which is 2-2-3 on the road, will visit Boston on Saturday...New York will open a three-game road trip Saturday in Ottawa...The Islanders went 3-1-2 against the Penguins in 2003-04...DiPietro did not play in Tuesday's game against Boston because of a sore right knee.
11/03 23:12:56 ET