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Penguins 3, Islanders 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Penguins 3, Islanders 2
Pittsburgh Penguins 3, New York Islanders 2

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -Tyler Kennedy helped himself, new linemate Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Kennedy scored the winning goal and added two assists as Pittsburgh snapped a two-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

"(Jordan Staal) made a great play to the net," Kennedy said. "I made a power move to the net. I just sat on the back side waiting for it, and it came right out to me."

Sidney Crosby and Ryan Whitney also scored for Pittsburgh, which got 27 saves from Dany Sabourin.

Rick DiPietro stopped 37 shots for the Islanders. Richard Park and Josef Vasicek had goals for New York, 4-8-2 in its last 14 contests.

The Penguins, who raced to a 14-2 shots advantage, scored twice in a 3:47 span to grab a 2-0 lead in the first period. Crosby scored his 15th goal 2:48 in with lots of help from New York.

Islanders defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron tried to wrap the puck around the net, but hit the side of the cage. He and DiPietro dove to play the puck, and the goalie tapped it over Kennedy, who passed it to a streaking Crosby for a wrist shot into the open net. The goal was Crosby's first in eight games.

"It feels good," Crosby said. "You never take anything for granted. When you don't get one for a few games, you just keep working hard to create your chances, but it's nice to get one like that."

Whitney made it 2-0 at 6:35. After hitting the left post 10 seconds earlier, Whitney got the puck in the right circle and sent a wrist shot between the pads of a screened DiPietro.

New York's struggles in the first period continued. In 31 games, the Islanders have scored in the opening frame in only 10 of them. They have an NHL-low 12 goals in first periods, scoring just five at home. The Islanders scored more than one in the first period once, opening night at Buffalo when they had three.

New York coach Ted Nolan, disappointed in his team several times during the Islanders' recent slump, ripped into his players again after the first period.

"He told us to get our heads out of our (butts)," defenseman Brendan Witt said. "If we want to be in the playoffs, we can't play like that."

The Islanders looked like a different team at the start of the second, scoring twice in a 45-second span to tie the game.

Park, getting rare time on the power play, tapped in a rebound for his fifth goal at 4:57 to make it 2-1.

Vasicek finished a 2-on-1 break at 5:42 by taking Miroslav Satan's cross-ice pass and tapping it past Sabourin. Vasicek leads the team with 10 goals.

Kennedy buried a rebound at the left crease during a power play to restore Pittsburgh's lead at 14:16.

"I like the way this kid plays," Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. "I wanted to wait to put him with Crosby because I didn't want him to get nervous. But then I decided to put them together on the second shift, and he was playing well."

Witt was unhappy with the penalty that resulted in the goal. He felt that Crosby, his jousting partner during a scrum which sent two other players off, should also have been penalized.

"Crosby and I are shoving," Witt said. "For him to come out of there with nothing, that doesn't surprise me. It's one of those things. He's going to get a lot of calls that way."

Nolan was equally upset.

"I still can't understand how two guys have a little pushing match, and then two guys jump one of our guys and we end up in a short-handed situation," Nolan said.

With the Islanders pressing for the tying goal, forward Chris Simon took a match penalty for trying to stomp on Jarkko Ruutu's foot with just under six minutes left. New York had a few short-handed chances, including Mike Sillinger's breakaway with 3:18 left, but the veteran forward missed put the puck over the net.

"It was a bad time for a penalty," Nolan said. "To tell you the truth, I didn't have the time to look at it and see the severity of it. We'll look at it and probably make a comment on it (Sunday)."

Notes: Penguins D Brooks Orpik earned an assist in his 250th NHL game. ... Pittsburgh recalled forward Connor James from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL. ... The Islanders haven't won consecutive games since Nov. 16-19, when they beat the Rangers and the Devils on the road. ... Nolan is 0-1 this season at home bench against the Penguins. He trails Al Arbour, who was credited with a coaching win in his 1,500th game behind the Islanders bench when New York beat Pittsburgh 3-2 on Nov. 3.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:48
PIT
Sidney Crosby (15) Snap shot - ASST: Tyler Kennedy (3)
1 - 0 PIT
06:35
PIT
Ryan Whitney (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Brooks Orpik (5), Tyler Kennedy (4)
2 - 0 PIT
2nd Period
04:57
NYI
PPG - Richard Park (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Comrie (16), Bill Guerin (8)
2 - 1 PIT
05:42
NYI
Josef Vasicek (10) Tip-in - ASST: Miroslav Satan (11), Sean Bergenheim (6)
2 - 2 Tie
14:16
PIT
PPG - Tyler Kennedy (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Jordan Staal (5), Kris Letang (2)
3 - 2 PIT
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
09:09
NYI
Chris Simon  Tripping against  Adam Hall
14:21
NYI
Andy Sutton  Roughing against  Gary Roberts
14:21
NYI
Andy Sutton  Fighting (maj) against  Gary Roberts
14:21
PIT
Gary Roberts  Fighting (maj) against  Andy Sutton
18:15
PIT
Petr Sykora  Slashing against  Mike Comrie
2nd Period
03:50
PIT
Rob Scuderi  Cross checking against  Richard Park
07:34
NYI
Bill Guerin  Hooking against  Sidney Crosby
12:33
NYI
Brendan Witt  Roughing against  Ryan Whitney
12:33
PIT
Ryan Whitney  Roughing against  Brendan Witt
12:33
NYI
Josef Vasicek  Roughing against  Sidney Crosby
16:59
NYI
Radek Martinek  Holding against  Sidney Crosby
3rd Period
14:06
NYI
Chris Simon  Match penalty against  Jarkko Ruutu
goalie stats
Dany Sabourin
SA: 29TOI: 59:54
Saves: 27EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .931SH: 7 - 7
Rick DiPietro
SA: 40TOI: 59:17
Saves: 37EV: 26 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 12
SV%: .925SH: 0 - 0