Fourth time’s a charm. After a 0-3 start at home, the Penguins finally skated off the CONSOL Energy Center ice with a ‘W’ after defeating the New York Islanders, 3-2, in overtime.
The Penguins power play went 1-for-8 in the game, but that one goal decided the game. The man-advantage unit was silly clutch in overtime as Alex Goligoski’s shot sailed over the outstretched glove of Rick DiPietro for the win.
The Penguins carried the play early and jumped out to a 2-0 lead seven minutes into the second period on Mike Rupp’s first of the season and Eric Tangradi’s first career goal.
The momentum shifted after Kris Letang was called for a five-minute major, and game misconduct, for a blow to the head of Blake Comeau – even though replays showed Letang hitting Comeau shoulder-to-shoulder. Shortly after, the Islanders tallied two goals (one on the power play, one 18 seconds after the man-advantage expired).
The Penguins PK also was huge in the final two minutes of the game, killing of a penalty as the game hung in the balance. The kill helped force overtime, setting the stage for Goligoski’s heroics.
Alex Goligoski continued his hot streak with another fantastic game. Goligoski scored the game-winning overtime goal to give the Penguins a 3-2 victory over the Islanders, the first win in CONSOL Energy Center.
Goligoski, who now has a point in each of the first five games of this season, leads the team in goals (3) and is tied for the lead in points (5).
The Penguins had only five defensemen for half the game, and Goligoski stepped up with a game-high 28:41 minutes of ice time.
The game was on the line in the final two minutes of regulation. Deryk Engelland was called for an interference penalty, and the Islanders were one tally away from stealing this game. The Penguins PK units stepped up big time, holding down the fort and keeping the puck out of the goal to force the extra session.
(AP) - Alex Goligoski's power-play goal at 1:51 of overtime gave the Pittsburgh Penguins their first win at Consol Energy Center, 3-2 over the New York Islanders on Friday night.
Goligoski's shot just under the crossbar from the left circle off a rebound of Evgeni Malkin's shot beat goalie Rick DiPietro, giving Pittsburgh its first power-play goal of the game after six unsuccessful tries.
• Kris Letang was given a five-minute major penalty and automatic game misconduct for a “blow to the head” penalty on Blake Comeau. Letang swung around and appeared to hit Comeau shoulder-to-shoulder, but the penalty was called nonetheless. With Letang gone, the Penguins were forced to play over half the game with only five defensemen for the second time in the last three games.
• Rookie Eric Tangradi hit a milestone by scoring his first career NHL goal. Tangradi had the puck to the right of the net. His shot deflected off an Islander’s skate and trickled into the goal.
• The Penguins have won nine straight games against the Islanders in Pittsburgh. The last time New York won in Pittsburgh was Dec. 21, 2007. Since the lockout, the Penguins have only lost two games in regulation to the Islanders in Pittsburgh. The Penguins are 15-2-2 in that span.
• The Penguins wore their blue third jerseys for the first time this season. Pittsburgh, which first introduced the alternate sweater at the 2008 Winter Classic, has a 13-7-3 mark in the blue.