The Pens' streak of runs couldn’t go on forever.
Following a 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders at CONSOL Energy Center Tuesday night, Pittsburgh’s consecutive streaks of home wins (10) and home wins against the Islanders (13) came to an end.
“We have to be better,” captain Sidney Crosby
said. “This was something that was probably leading up to this game. We were giving up too many scoring chances. We did get a lot of shots tonight, but we didn’t deserve to win the hockey game. That’s the result we got.”
Frans Nielsen finished with two goals and three points, Kyle Okposo had a goal and an assist and Josh Bailey recorded three assists. James Neal
scored twice for Pittsburgh and Tyler Kennedy
However, the Pens will get a chance to even the score when they make a trip to Long Island for a home-and-home grudge match with the Islanders Thursday night.
“We gave up big chances, we can’t give those up," Crosby said. "Whether it’s the way we are managing the puck or the mistakes we make in other areas, you just can’t let that happen. We got what we deserved tonight.”
Thursday night the Penguins play the Islanders for the final time during the regular season. The Penguins are 27-8-2 when playing the Islanders on the road. So far this season, the Penguins lead the season series 4-1.
Pittsburgh registered a season-high 54 shots tonight against the Islanders. The Penguins’ previous high this season was 52 shots vs. Carolina on Dec. 27.
Pittsburgh’s 22 third-period shots equaled its season high for shots in a period (vs. Boston, 12-5-11).
The Penguins top line of Evgeni Malkin
(23G-26A), James Neal
(12G-21A) and Chris Kunitz
(9G-13A) have a combined 104 points in 26 home games together since Dec. 13. In tonight’s game, they combined five points (Malkin, 2A; Neal, 2G; Kunitz, 1A).Evgeni Malkin
leads the NHL’s scoring race with 99 points (46G-53A) this season. Malkin’s assist on Neal’s goal puts him nine points ahead of Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos (90 points) and he has a 13-point advantage over Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux (86 points). Stamkos has scored two goals tonight.James Neal
’s second goal of the game was his 16th power-play goal, which ties him with Scott Hartnell of the Philadelphia Flyers for first place in the league. Neal’s career-high of 37 goals ties him for third place in the NHL for goals scored with Marian Gaborik of the New York Rangers.James Neal
finished with 12 shots in tonight’s game. This is a new career high for Neal. Pascal Dupuis
’ assist extended his career-high point streak to 11 straight games (8G-6A) – the longest active streak in the NHL. Dupuis surpassed Jordan Staal
for the team’s longest point streak of the season. Only two players (John Tavares, Eric Staal; 12 games each) have recorded longer scoring streaks this season than Dupuis.
Dupuis’ 28 assists equal his career high (’02-03 with Minnesota). Dupuis’ eight points (2G-6A) against the Islanders leads all Penguins in the five games played this season.Tyler Kennedy
scored Pittsburgh’s first goal of the game, his 10th goal of the season. He now has eight points (4G-4A) over his previous eight games.
Kennedy’s 10th goal of the season gives the Penguins eight players who have reached double digits in goals this season – Evgeni Malkin
, 46; James Neal
, 37; Chris Kunitz
, 23; Pascal Dupuis
, 23; Jordan Staal
, 23; Matt Cooke
, 19; Steve Sullivan
, 14.Jordan Staal
tied his career-high with 8 shots in tonight’s game. Staal previously achieved this on Mar. 10, 2009 against Florida.Brian Strait
tallied his first NHL point by assisting Kennedy’s goal.Chris Kunitz
’s assist on Neal’s first-period goal gives him 21 points (9G-12A) over his previous 22 games.Steve Sullivan
’s assist on Neal’s third-period goal gives him 21 points (6G-15A) over his last 26 games. Sullivan has assists in each of his last four games played (not an official streak due to missing last game).
Author: Sam Kasan