Crosby broke out of a mini-slump Thursday night with three
assists, and defenseman Sergei Gonchar scored Pittsburgh's third
power-play goal 3:33 into overtime to lift the Penguins to a 4-3
victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.
Trailing 3-2 in the third period, Pittsburgh used the tandem of
Crosby to Malkin to get even and set the stage for Gonchar.
Crosby dug the puck out from behind the net and found Malkin
with a pass near the right post. Malkin wasted no time in knocking
a shot past surprised goalie Mike Dunham to tie it at 8:08 of the
That gave Malkin two goals in two NHL games in two nights.
"I just went low on the forecheck, and he went to the net,"
Crosby said. "As soon as I turned around, he was there."
Yashin was icing his hand in the box after Crosby nailed him
with a slash that went uncalled. The hook followed right after.
"I think for a world class player, for a guy of his caliber,
he's diving every time someone touches him," Islanders coach Ted
Nolan said. "No question in my mind, he should have been called
for a slash before Yashin had a chance to hook him.
"I'm not saying Yashin's wasn't a penalty, I'm just saying
there should have been a penalty before. If Yashin maybe acted like
Crosby and dove, maybe he would have gotten that call."
Pittsburgh went 3-for-8 on the power play, using the advantage
to take a 2-0 lead and then to win after falling behind in the
second period. The Penguins (3-3) needed to rally to snap a
two-game losing streak.
Avoiding a shootout was also a plus for the Penguins, who
dropped four last season to the Islanders.
"We got to overtime, and got the job done," Whitney said.
"I'm glad not to go to a shootout against them."
After the Islanders fell behind 2-0 early in the second, Yashin
scored his third of the season with 4:17 left to cut the deficit in
half. He then earned the primary assists on power-play goals by
Mike Sillinger and Jason Blake 1:09 apart.
But it wasn't enough to give Dunham his third win in four starts
in place of Rick DiPietro, who is nursing a groin injury. DiPietro,
in the first month of a 15-year contract with New York, sat on the
bench but is still a few days away from game action.
Dunham made 32 saves to earn a point for the Islanders and has
been solid during DiPietro's absence.
"They got some breaks in overtime that they shouldn't have
gotten, and that was the game," Dunham said.
The 34-year-old journeyman, in his first season with the
Islanders, allowed four goals on 50 shots at Anaheim on Oct. 11 to
give New York its first win of the season after DiPietro lost three
straight. Dunham made 31 saves in beating Boston three nights later
in the home opener, before dropping a 2-1 shootout decision to
Nashville on Monday night.
Michel Ouellet gave Pittsburgh the lead 8:24 into the game with
a power-play goal, set up by Crosby and Malkin. Nils Ekman netted
the Penguins' seventh man-advantage goal in 31 chances this season
at 4:55 of the second.
Malkin, the 20-year-old Russian selected with the No. 2 pick in
the 2004 draft, scored his first NHL goal in a 2-1 home loss to New
Jersey on Wednesday. Crosby, the first overall choice in last
year's draft, snapped a two-game pointless streak.
Yashin started the New York comeback by finishing off a
give-and-go passing play with Viktor Kozlov. Yashin took the return
feed and fired into the open left side of the net before Marc-Andre
Fleury could slide across.
Sillinger tied it 1:40 later with a quick shot that hit the
glove of Fleury, popped up and fell behind the goalie before he
could get it.
New York then grabbed a 3-2 lead when Blake got hold of the puck
in the crease, after it pinballed between his skate and Fleury, and
knocked it in with 1:28 left in the second period.
"Our guys came back strong in the third period," Fleury said.
"It was nice to see us tie it up."
Fleury has started six straight games, a career high for
the third-year goalie. He made 34 saves. ... Crosby had six goals
and 14 points in eight games against the Islanders during his
rookie season. ... DiPietro hasn't played since allowing four goals
on 40 shots on Oct. 10 at Los Angeles.