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Stanley Cup Final

Crosby nets tying goal in 3rd, scores winner in OT to lift Penguins over Islanders 3-2

Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 10:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Crosby nets tying goal in 3rd, scores winner in OT to lift Penguins over Islanders 3-2

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Sidney Crosby scored the tying goal in the third period and then won it with a brilliant individual effort 3:44 into overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Islanders 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Crosby, who tied it with a power-play goal with 12:00 left in regulation, stole the puck just outside the New York blue line, streaked down the middle between two defenceman and jammed a backhander past goalie Anders Nilsson for his 15th goal this season.

Nilsson was the hard-luck loser in overtime for the second straight game. New York, which has lost seven straight (0-5-2), gave up the lead late to Washington on Saturday.

Evgeni Malkin assisted on power-play goals by James Neal and Crosby to back Marc-Andre Fleury, who made 21 saves. His best stop came on Frans Nielsen's penalty shot in the third when New York led 2-1.

Kyle Okposo scored twice in the first period for the Islanders.

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That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

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