Crosby's Streak Snapped in Islanders 2-1 Shootout victory over Penguins
Uniondale, NY - The New York Islanders (10-19-6) would snap Sidney Crosby’s 25 game scoring streak, in a 2-1 shootout victory over the Penguins in Wednesday night hockey action.
As the first period would begin you can tell that both squads set a fast pace from the start. Both teams had plenty of good scoring opportunities. Craig Adams would try for a 10 foot tip-in for the Penguins at the 2:08 mark of the first period. The winger would be denied by Islanders keeper Rick DiPietro.
Bruno Gervais was the first Islander to take a shot at the net trying a 57 foot slap shot at the 2:35 mark, but he was denied by Penguins keeper Marc-Andre Fleury. The physical play between the two squads eventually got to a boiling point at the 9:07 mark when Zenon Konopka of the Islanders, decided to drop glove with Craig Adams of the Penguins. Both combatants were able to get good blows in before having to be separated by the officials.
Sidney Crosby tried in the first period of play to continue his scoring streak with a 39 foot snap shot at the 9:56 mark, but “The Kid” was denied by DiPietro, who was very solid in his first period of play. In spite of the Penguins holding a 12-10 shot advantage over the Islanders, neither team was able to score.
The Islanders were able to continue on their positive offensive momentum when Josh Bailey (6) recorded an 11 foot wrist shot to give New York the 1-0 lead. Bailey was able to tally the wrister within the 0:34 seconds of the second period on a nice offensive rush. The center was set up by defenseman Travis Hamonic (4) and was then able get a rebounded puck past Penguins keeper Marc-Andre Fleury for the early lead.
Pittsburgh was able to strike back tough at the 16:33 mark of the second period, when Chris Connor (4) was able to take an Islanders turnover to make the score 1-1. Conner would tally an eight foot snap shot at the very last minutes of the second period of play. The wingers shot was set up by Tyler Kennedy (11) to make the score 1-1, as the two teams would head into the locker room tied for the second time in the game. The Penguins continued their hold on the shots advantage making the tally 24-17 at the end of two periods.
In a fast paced third period of play, the Islanders went on two power play opportunities. Sadly the home town squad was not able to cash in on neither extra-man advantage. Michael Grabner was able to try a 17 foot wrist shot at the 7:22 mark of that frame for the Islanders, but was denied by the Penguins keeper.
Travis Hamonic would try for a nice 54 foot slap shot at the 9:20 mark of the third period to be denied by Marc-Andre Fleury and the Penguins. Then in what was a scary moment for the fans in attendance Islanders keeper Rick DiPietro turned the puck over right to Tyler Kennedy. Thankfully for the fans Kennedy missed the nine foot wrist shot at the 10:30 mark to keep the score tied at 1-1.
DiPietro would make up for that turnover at the 10:58 mark making a pretty glove save on a shot by Pascal Dupuis, who tried to tally a 42 foot slap shot for the Penguins. DiPietro would flare his glove up and stop the puck in midair much to the delight of the crowd.
Then at the 12:59 mark Kris Letang was awarded a penalty shot for the Penguins, but his shot was denied by the stellar play of Rick DiPietro. Crosby would continue to try to keep his scoring streak alive, by recording a 37 foot snap shot at the 17:21 mark. “The Kid” would be denied yet again by the play of DiPietro.
Neither team would be able to tally a goal in the third period, as they would go into overtime to decide the winner. In the overtime frame Evegeni Malkin would try to tally a 13 foot wrist shot, but it would hit the post and deny the Penguins. The two teams would have plenty of opportunities, along with a shot by Penguins center Mark Letestu, but that shot would be blocked by Mark Eaton.
Neither team was able to tally the game-winner in the overtime frame, needing a shoot out to decide the winner. As 14,345 stood to their feet in anticipation the Islanders began the frame with Rob Schremp. Schremp quickly gave the team the 1-0 lead in the shootout with a nifty snap shot. The Penguins would tally the frame with a back hand shot by Kris Letang, making it 1-1.
Then the Islanders roared back with a back handed of their own courtesy of Frans Nielsen, to give New York the 2-1 edge. Two shooters later Russian sniper Evgeni Malkin, would notch the two squads up on a wrist shot. P.A. Parenteau would give the Islanders the 3-2 edge as the seventh shooter, netting a wrister that went past Penguins keeper Marc-Andre Fleury. The Penguins would have one last shot as they would send out Mark Letestu. The center would go in and make a nifty move, but the puck would be stopped by the pad of Islanders keeper Rick DiPietro.
On this night the Islanders would stop Sidney Crosby’s 25-game scoring streak, on what was called by many a complete team effort. The Islanders blocked 28 saves, while also shadowing the All-Star center for most of the night. Along with the defense the stellar play of Rick DiPietro, who would finish the night making 37 saves. On the other side of the ice Marc-Andre Fleury would tally 25 saves in a stellar effort for the Penguins.
The Islanders will take one day off to travel to Detroit for a 7:00 p.m. face-off on Friday night against the always tough Red Wings who are currently the leaders in the Central division.