Pittsburgh rolled to a 5-0 victory despite playing without star Sidney Crosby, who remains out with a broken jaw. The victory was the Penguins' fifth straight over the Islanders this season and second consecutive shutout.
Pittsburgh harassed New York centre John Tavares, holding the league's third-leading goal scorer without a shot for the first time this season. Tavares says he expected the Penguins to focus on him but needs to do a better job of not letting it affect his play.
The Islanders know they need to improve during Game 2 on Friday night or their first trip to the playoffs since 2007 will be a short one.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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