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game recap

Pittsburgh Penguins 3, New York Islanders 4 FINAL

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:54 AM

Associated Press

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) _ Mariusz Czerkawski and the New York Islanders' power-play unit both found their stride against the woeful Pittsburgh Penguins.

Czerkawski scored two of New York's three man-advantage goals, and Garth Snow stopped 18 shots as the Islanders held on for a 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night that sent the Penguins to their 16th straight loss.

``I just try to concentrate and stay positive,'' Czerkawski said. ``Every shift is challenging.''

Since the Penguins lost in overtime Saturday to St. Louis, their official losing streak ended at 13 games. The NHL record of 17 consecutive losses held by the 1974-75 Capitals and the 1992-1993 Sharks isn't in danger.

Roman Hamrlik and Kenny Jonsson also scored for the Islanders, 20-8-2 at home. The Islanders moved into sole possession of seventh place in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of Montreal.

Tomas Surovy, Ric Jackman and Milan Kraft scored for the Penguins, who haven't won since beating Philadelphia on Jan. 12. Since then, Pittsburgh is 0-15-0-1.

Andy Chiodo made his first NHL start in goal for the Penguins and stopped 30 shots.

``I was so entrenched in the moment, I didn't have time to be that nervous,'' Chiodo said. ``It was pretty exciting the first time I was standing on that ice. I'll never forget that moment.''

The Islanders scored the only goal of the opening period while on a power play at 14:57, as Czerkawski's sharp-angle shot from the right circle hit the left post, bounced off Chiodo's backside, and dropped in.

``I came to realize if you give something to the shooter, he'll take it,'' Chiodo said. ``He surprised me with the shot.''

The Penguins only recorded four shots on Snow, one in the last 13 minutes of the period.

Surovy tied it at 6:54 of the second period as his slap shot from the upper right circle beat Snow just under the crossbar.

Pittsburgh grabbed the lead at 14:48 when Jackman's low left point slap shot beat Snow to the short side.

Czerkawski got the Islanders even at 2 with his second power-play goal of the game. He deflected Kenny Jonsson's point shot, which just tucked inside the right corner with 12.3 seconds left in the period.

``If we didn't get that goal from Mariusz at the end of the second, we lose the game,'' Islanders coach Steve Stirling said. ``It was really tough sledding for the first two periods, yet we were tied after that. Pittsburgh played a really good game.''

Czerkawski, with 21 goals, is second on the Islanders to rookie Trent Hunter's 22.

The Islanders took the lead for good on their only even-strength goal, as Hamrlik sneaked in from the point to one-time Michael Peca's pass past Chiodo at 2:53 of the third. Jonsson made it 4-2 at 6:29 with another power-play goal.

``I'm trying to jump in the play more,'' Hamrlik said. ``Batesy (Shawn Bates) made a great pass to Pecs, and he spotted me coming in and laid the puck on my stick.''

Kraft wristed a loose puck that popped out of a goal-mouth scramble past Snow to make it 4-3 at 11:25.

``I think the coaches were more nervous than the players,'' Peca said. ``We were playing solidly, and as long as we continued to play that way, we were going to win.''

scoring summary
1st Period
14:57
NYI
PPG - Mariusz Czerkawski (20) Wrist shot - ASST: Roman Hamrlik (19), Clifford Ronning (3)
1 - 0 NYI
2nd Period
06:54
PIT
Tomas Surovy (10) Slapshot - ASST: Marc Bergevin (8)
1 - 1 Tie
14:48
PIT
PPG - Richard Jackman (4) Slapshot - ASST: Dick Tarnstrom (23), Milan Kraft (9)
2 - 1 PIT
19:47
NYI
PPG - Mariusz Czerkawski (21) Tip-in - ASST: Kenny Jonsson (15), Oleg Kvasha (26)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
02:53
NYI
Roman Hamrlik (2) Snap shot - ASST: Michael Peca (22), Shawn Bates (20)
3 - 2 NYI
06:29
NYI
PPG - Kenny Jonsson (5) Slapshot - ASST: Adrian Aucoin (27), Jason Blake (19)
4 - 2 NYI
11:25
PIT
Milan Kraft (11) Slapshot - ASST: Tom Kostopoulos (7), Tomas Surovy (11)
4 - 3 NYI
penalty summary
1st Period
01:51
NYI
Adrian Aucoin  Hooking - Obstruction
03:23
PIT
Dick Tarnstrom  Holding
06:51
NYI
Radek Martinek  Interference - Obstruction
08:55
PIT
Aleksey Morozov  Hooking - Obstruction
11:29
NYI
Roman Hamrlik  Hi-sticking
14:01
NYI
Arron Asham  Roughing
14:01
NYI
Arron Asham  Fighting (maj)
14:01
PIT
Josef Melichar  Boarding
14:01
PIT
Tom Kostopoulos  Fighting (maj)
14:32
PIT
Tomas Surovy  Hooking
16:35
NYI
Jason Blake  Slashing
2nd Period
04:02
PIT
Eric Meloche  Interference on goalkeeper
14:44
NYI
Clifford Ronning  Tripping
16:25
PIT
Eric Meloche  Interference
17:25
NYI
Mattias Weinhandl  Interference on goalkeeper
18:30
PIT
Eric Meloche  Interference
3rd Period
04:54
PIT
Richard Jackman  Holding
19:35
PIT
Dick Tarnstrom  Hooking
goalie stats
Andy Chiodo
SA: 34TOI: 59:29
Saves: 30EV: 22 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 10
SV%: .882SH: 1 - 1
Garth Snow
SA: 21TOI: 60:00
Saves: 18EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .857SH: 1 - 1