NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Pittsburgh
(Thursday, April 9th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 6, NY Islanders 1
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Mathieu Garon was spectacular between the pipes, stopping 28 shots, and six different Pittsburgh players lit the lamp as the Penguins dominated the New York Islanders, 6-1, at Mellon Arena.
Philippe Boucher, Pascal Dupuis, Matt Cooke, Bill Guerin, Sidney Crosby and Tyler Kennedy all lit the lamp for the Penguins, who had already punched their ticket to the postseason with a road win Tuesday over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Carolina are tied for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference with 97 points each. The Flyers lost to the Rangers on Thursday and Carolina lost to Buffalo.
The Penguins finish the regular season at Montreal on Saturday.
"We want to finish off strong here in Montreal and give ourselves that chance," Crosby said. "But I don't think we're too worried about it. We think our focus is on our play and winning. Wherever that puts us, then we'll go from there."
Frans Nielsen scored the lone goal for the Islanders, who lost the season series to Pittsburgh, 1-4-1. Joey MacDonald turned aside 31 shots in the loss.
Nielsen scored a power-play goal at the 5:05 mark of the first stanza to give the Islanders an early lead. Doug Weight's slap shot from the left circle bounced off Garon and went to Nielsen at the right circle. Nielsen's slap shot beat Garon, but it was all Penguins after that.
Pittsburgh knotted the tilt at one on Boucher's first goal of the year with 5:45 remaining.
Dupuis and Cooke scored the only two goals of the second period to give Pittsburgh a 3-1 advantage heading into the final stanza.
Guerin, Crosby and Kennedy each lit the lamp in the third period to turn the contest into a blowout.
"It's a frustrating time for us," Weight said. "We were trying to win a hockey game tonight. We really wanted to bring our A game....We played really well the first 40 minutes. To end it like that is a real bitter taste in your mouth."
The Penguins went 1-for-2 on the power play, while the Islanders went 1- for-7...Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin had two assists. He has 112 points this season, which leads the NHL.
04/10 03:30:37 ET