Penguins Streak Now at 11
UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Tomas Vokoun was sharp in making 33 saves, and Brandon Sutter snapped a tie early in the third period for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who rallied for a 4-2 victory against the New York Islanders that stretched their winning streak to 11 games on Friday night.
Sutter took a pass from Matt Cooke in front off a 2-on-1 rush and scored past goalie Evgeni Nabokov 1:46 into the third period. Joe Vitale and Chris Kunitz had second-period goals for Pittsburgh, which erased a pair of one-goal deficits after a sluggish first period.
Pascal Dupuis added an empty-net goal with less than a second remaining, with an assist from Vokoun, to make it 4-2.
Mark Streit put the Islanders ahead in the first, and Josh Bailey answered Vitale’s goal to make it 2-1 in the second, but New York lost its third straight at home of a four-game homestand.
The Islanders have led or been tied in the third period of 25 of their 31 games, but have won only 13 (13-9-3).
New York has been outscored 9-0 in the third period during this homestand.
The Islanders outshot Pittsburgh 14-3 in the period, and the only reason the edge on the scoreboard wasn’t greater was due to the strong play in net by Vokoun.
The Penguins showed some jump toward the end of the period and registered two more shots and received the first power play of the game.
Pittsburgh came out quickly to start the second and put more pressure on Nabokov. They didn’t cash in on the power play, but tied the game 1-1 when Vitale took a lead pass from Craig Adams to get into the zone, skated to the center of the left circle and snapped a shot into the upper right corner at 8:11.
Another Islanders flurry led to Bailey’s fourth of the season, scored with 2:42 left in the period. But New York couldn’t carry the lead into the third because Kunitz tied it with 13.8 seconds left.
Sidney Crosby raced the puck up the right side and backhanded pass to Kunitz, who fired a shot from the high slot that managed to trickle through Nabokov’s pads.