Isles Are Not Up To The Task Of Containing Powerful Penguins
After a scoreless first period, the Pittsburgh Penguins score three in the second period to blow the game wide open and cruise to a victory in today's game five of this best of seven first round series.
The Penguins got goals from four different players and ten different skaters had points in Pittsburgh's 4-0 shutout. For Tomas Vokoun, it was his second career playoff shutout.
This series is the first series in Pittsburgh franchise history that the Pens have secured more than one shutout. Marc-Andre Fleury had the shutout in game one.
For the New York Islanders, it's back to the old drawing board as nothing they threw on net got past Pens goalie Tomas Vokoun. The Isles registered 31 shots on goal and added in their usually large allotment of wide shots but they were not able to get the bounces that have helped their offense in the past three contests. (Photo credit: bridgetds/flikr)
The Isles best scoring opportunity came when superstar center John Tavares split the Pens defense, including a triple deke on defender Paul Martin, to go in alone on Vokoun, but the Pitt netminder was equal to the task.
Not to be outdone, Pitt center and arguably the best player in the world, Sidney Crosby split the Isles defense and beat goalie Evgeni Nabokov.
It was the third and last goal of the second period.
Pittsburgh got their first goal a little over seven minutes into the second period. Penguin defender Kris Letang took control of the puck in the Pittsburgh zone and fired a stretch pass up ice to a streaking Tyler Kennedy who had somehow gotten behind the Isles defense. Kennedy finished the breakaway by beating Nabokov with a quick wrist shot. (Photo credit: GregHounslow/flikr)
Soon after, the Pens added another. Big defender Douglas Murray corralled a puck at the point and flipped an innocent looking shot on net that caught Nabokov on his right shoulder and bounced up and over the goalie and into the net.
The Pens added a power play goal in the third when Letang's point shot beat Nabokov.
For Nabokov, that was the end of his night. Islanders coach Jack Capuano inserted Kevin Poulin into the lineup and he stopped every shot he faced.
Despite his performance, and in truth, the veteran has been average so far this series, expect Nabokov back in net on Saturday as the teams travel back to Long Island.
It will be interesting to see how Nabokov, and the rest of his Islanders teammates respond after tonight's lopsided affair, especially facing elimination Saturday. For certain, if they put forth an equal effort to tonight, expect it to be their last of the season.
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