Penguins Get Back Into Win Column. Beat The Islanders
The Penguins returned to .500 after beating the Islanders in a close game where they were outshot. Once again, Sean Burke was spectacular, but the team managed to secure the victory for him this time. Let's recap;
In the 1st period, both teams exchanged chances, but in the end this period would be scoreless. The Islanders would outshoot the Penguins 11 to 9 as both teams took a scoreless tie into the intermission.
In the 2nd period, it was the Penguins who would break through first as Vladimir Malakhov scored his 2nd of the season at 5:33 from Jagr and Zubov. Then, just 23 seconds later, Alexei Kovalev scored his 5th of the season from Elynuik and Joseph to make it 2-0 Penguins. The Islanders managed to answer at 13:55 when Audette scored his 2nd of the season from Pitlick and Noonan. The Islanders and Penguins would take this score of 2-1 into the 3rd period.
In the 3rd period, despite being outshot, it was the Penguins that would get the lone goal of the final frame. At 5:48, Amonte would score his team leading 8th of the season on the powerplay from Joseph and Kovalev. 3-1 would be the final for this one.
Once again, Sean Burke was excellent, stopping 30 of the 31 shots he faced. The penalty kill was also incredible as the Islanders went 0 for 10 on their chances with the man advantage.
Next up, the Penguins will have a day of rest before they take on the Nordiques in Pittsburgh.