NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Pittsburgh
(Monday, November 14th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 3, Pittsburgh 2 (SO)
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Jason Blake's goal in the ninth round of a thrilling shootout lifted the New York Islanders to a 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh at Mellon Arena.
Shawn Bates scored once in regulation and again in the shootout to help the Islanders win their second game in a row and third in four tries. Alexei Yashin recorded New York's other regulation goal.
Rick DiPietro made 26 saves through the first four periods and turned away seven Penguin attempts in the deciding final segment, the longest since the NHL adopted the shootout format.
Erik Christensen and Sidney Crosby each had third-period tallies for Pittsburgh, and both accounted for the Penguins' two scores during the shootout.
The loss, Pittsburgh's second in a row, spoiled an outstanding performance in net from Jocelyn Thibault. The goaltender stopped 35 shots, including seven during the five-minute overtime.
The Penguins sent the game into OT when Christensen used Isles' defenseman Alexei Zhitnik as a screen and whipped a wrist shot into the net from the right side. The goal came with only 1:18 remaining in the third period.
After Yashin hit the left post to start the shootout, Crosby beat DiPietro stick-side to put Pittsburgh ahead. Trent Hunter tied it for the Isles when he flipped the puck over Thibault's glove, and DiPietro stoned Mario Lemieux to keep it 1-1.
Bates' shot then squirted through Thibault's legs, but Christensen kept Pittsburgh alive by faking right and easily putting the puck past a diving DiPietro.
Both goaltenders were outstanding thereafter, with the next five skaters from each side all failing. Blake finally broke the drought when he got Thibault to commit right and poked the disc into the left side of the net.
DiPietro then kicked away Ryan Whitney's attempt to end the game.
"Both goaltenders played outstanding tonight," said Blake. "It's just good to get the win. We're starting a long road trip this week and we wanted to start it off right. Pittsburgh played well in the third period, but we came back."
"I feel happy that we got the two points," said DiPietro. "It was an exciting game to be a part of."
After a scoreless first period, the Islanders struck twice in the second to move in front.
Near the midway point of the frame, Thibault made a pair of stops on Mattias Weinhandl but the Penguins failed to clear and New York continued to attack the zone. The onslaught ended when Yashin flipped a shot over Thibault's left shoulder for a 1-0 lead.
Pittsburgh suffered another defensive breakdown later on, as Bates skated undeterred into the crease and slid the puck by Thibault with 2:44 remaining before the second intermission.
The Penguins finally got on the scoreboard 6:18 into the third period when Christensen found an open Crosby in front and the rookie rocketed a shot that beat a defenseless DiPietro top-shelf. It was Crosby's seventh goal of the season.
"It's disappointing," said Pittsburgh head coach Eddie Olczyk. "I'm proud of the guys that we got a point. They really battled and we certainly had some opportunities for a win."
The previous longest shootout came on October 28, when Columbus beat Minnesota in eight rounds...Pittsburgh improved to 2-1 in shootouts this year while the Isles fell to 1-1...The Penguins defeated New York 5-1 in Long Island on November 3 and are unbeaten (three wins, one tie) in the last four meetings between the teams...Both squads finished 0-for-4 on the power play.
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