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Pens-Islanders Live In-Game Blog

by Jason Seidling / Pittsburgh Penguins
Track all the action from Pittsburgh's showdown with the New York Islanders with our live in-game blog. Check back for stat updates, injury reports and other information.

New York comes back with two goals in the final period to record a 3-2 victory on Long Island. The Penguins are back in action Saturday night when they host the New York Rangers at Mellon Arena for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff.

The Penguins will get one final chance to tie the score after Bergenheim ices the puck.

Johnson is pulled for a sixth attacker.

Johnson keeps the Penguins in the game with a save on Bergenheim in the high slot with his left arm.

Crosby just misses the net from a position he has scored often during his brief career - his knees. Tavares' goal seems to have inspired the Penguins.

Discouraged by Tavares' goal? Remember the first meeting between these two teams when Fedotenko scored late to erase an Islanders' lead late in the third period:

John Tavares helps New Yok regain the league by throwing the rebound of Meyer's shot over the pad of Johnson. Islanders 3, Penguins 2.

Malkin tries a sneaky shot on Roloson again emerging from the near corner but this time Roloson is ready to make the save.

New York is doing a great job today of getting pucks to the net and sending traffic to Johnson's crease but the tall netminder has been awesome for the Penguins. He just denied Sim for the second time in consecutive shifts.

More scenes from around Nassau Coliseum.


Pittsburgh kills the too-many-men penalty as the Islanders are 0-for-3 with the man-advantage.

Seconds after robbing Jon Sim from right in front of his crease Johnson catches a slap shot from Streit.

A collision between two of the league's better body checkers as Cooke slams into Hunter.

The Penguins get caught with too-many-men on the ice.

Malkin takes a Bruno Gervais shot off his chin, but continues skating.

Nate Thompson nails Martin Skoula from behind and has to answer for his actions in the form of a fight with Jordan Staal. Thompson gets two minutes for boarding and a fighting major while Staal receives two minutes for instigating, five minutes for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct.

Bergenheim ties the game with a wicked wrist shot from the faceoff dot in the near circle. Assists to Nielsen and Trent Hunter. Penguins 2, Islanders 2.

Roloson has to take a couple seconds to get his skate sharpened on the bench.

Fedotenko almost wraps a puck into an open cage from behind the net but he doesn't have enough room to sneak the puck home.

Pittsburgh looks to improve to 2-0 on the season against the New York Islanders.


- Deryk Engelland leads the Penguins with four blocks through 40 minutes.
- Matt Cooke and Evgeni Malkin are each plus-2.
- Craig Adams has won all five faceoffs he has taken.

Pittsburgh will take a 2-1 lead into the final frame thanks to a second-period tally from Matt Cooke. New York has the better of the shots, 20-16, and scoring chances, 15-10.

New York kills off 55 seconds of a two-man advantage and the entire double-minor assessed to Sutton.

Johnson comes diving out of his net to poke the puck from the stick of Hillen, who seconds earlier came out of the penalty box. Frans Nielsen's rebound sails wide of the net.

Pittsburgh will have 55 seconds on a two-man advantage as Sutton gets four minutes for high-sticking.

Hillen goes to the sin bin for the second time today for interferring with Crosby.

Johnson is able to stop Bergenheim's shot from the slot and hold onto the rebound as the Islanders come back and dominate puck-possession inside the Penguins zone after the Cooke goal.

Staal's shot from the top of the far circle hits of the right pad of Roloson and slammed into the back of the net by a streaking Matt Cooke. Gonchar gets the second assist after starting the play in the Penguins zone. Penguins 2, Islanders 1.

Bill Guerin and Bryan Trottier are just two stars to play for both the Penguins and Islanders.


Adams and Hunter both return to the ice.

Roloson makes consecutive saves first on Lovejoy and then on Crosby's rebound.

That power play didn't last long with Trent Hunter hooking Gonchar off the following faceoff.

New York receives their second power play with Craig Adams caught with his hand in the cookie jar for unsportsmanlike conduct after the whistle.

Good play by Freddy Meyer to use his shin pad to block a centering pass from Staal to Chris Bourque after Roloson turned the puck over to the Penguins center.

Johnson comes far out of his crease to stone Streit in the far circle.

Play resumes between the Penguins and Islanders.


- The Penguins went 13-5 on faceoffs, led by Sidney Crosby at 6-2.
- It seems they are fairly liberal at Nassau Coliseum as they credit the Islanders with 11 takeaways in the opening period compared to only three for the Penguins.
- On the flip side, they have charged the Islanders with eight giveaways but just three for the Penguins.

After the opening 20 minutes of play the score is tied, 1-1, between the Penguins and Islanders. New York registers nine shots on goal compared to seven for the Penguins.

Guerin tries the same type of shot Malkin scored on earlier but Roloson stood tall and was able steer his slap shot away.

Malkin knots the score for the Penguins by throwing a backhander at Roloson from almost along the goal line. The Islanders netminder appeared to never see the shot as it sneaked behind him. Eric Godard and Ben Lovejoy get the assists. Penguins 1, Islanders 1.

Former Penguin Richard Park rips a shot off the outside of the goal post behind Johnson.

The Islanders have had a storied tradition since entering the NHL:


The Penguins are 0-for-1 on the power play as the penalty to Hillen expires.

Johnson flashes the glove to stop a shorthanded chance from Kyle Okposo in the far circle.

The power and strength of Staal forces Jack Hillen to hold the center, putting the Penguins on the power play for the first time today.

Read about today marking Chris Stewart's 1,000th professional game against the Islanders.

Pittsburgh kills the Orpik penalty as both teams now have five attackers each.

Jordan Staal picks off a pass at the blue line and skates the rubber the length of the ice to kill time.

Brooks Orpik gives New York the first power play as he is penalized for holding.

New York does get the opening tally as Josh Bailey pokes home the rebound of Mark Streit's shot from the point. Islanders 1, Penguins 0.

Nate Thompson has the puck land on his stick to the left of Johnson but he squanders the great chance.

Ruslan Fedotenko scored a goal late in regulation to send the game to overtime and Kris Letang scored the deciding goal in the shootout as the Penguins defeated the Islanders, 4-3, on Oct. 3:

Great release off the stick of Sean Bergenheim in the slot but his chance goes wide of Johnson.

Scratches for today's game include Alex Goligoski for the Penguins and Blake Comeau and Rob Schremp for the Islanders.

Pascal Dupuis deflects a pass from Malkin off the goal post to the right of Roloson.

Roloson makes the first big save of the afternoon, absorbing a Sergei Gonchar slap shot in his chest.

Coincidental minors are assessed to Evgeni Malkin and Andy Sutton. The action is four-on-four.

The Penguins are wearing their blue third jerseys against the Islanders.

Deryk Engelland and Tim Jackman drop the gloves just seconds into the contest. Engelland does a great job to come back later in the bout to throw some solid haymakers towards Jackman.

The Penguins and Islanders begin this matinee as Brent Johnson starts for the Penguins opposite Dwayne Roloson.


Penguins trainer Chris Stewart is working the 1,000th game of his professional career today against the Islanders. Stewart began his career with the Johnstown Chiefs of the East Coast Hockey League. Special thanks to Ray Schmitt of the Chiefs and FSN Pittsburgh's Dan Potash for these pictures of Stewart. Read about Stewart's journey.


2:02 PM:
The Penguins and Islanders played an entertaining, back-and-forth contest the second night of the regular season. Kris Letang eventually clinched the game for the Penguins with a game-deciding goal in the shootout.

2:00 PM:
The Penguins get their second look at rookie scoring sensation John Tavares when they take on the New York Islanders during a 'Back Friday' matinee at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York.

Author: Jason Seidling
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