Penguins 6, Islanders 3

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 10, 2011
James Neal scored twice, and Pascal Dupuis had the go-ahead goal with 4:02 left in the second period to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Islanders 6-3 on Saturday night. Steve Sullivan, Matt Cooke and Paul Martin added goals for the Penguins, who snapped a two-game losing streak. David Ullstrom, Milan Jurcina and Kyle Okposo scored for New York. Pittsburgh, playing without Sidney Crosby, has beaten the Islanders all four times the teams have played this season. There are two games remaining between the Atlantic Division rivals, March 27 at the Consol Energy Center and at Nassau Coliseum two nights later. Pittsburgh began to take control in the second period after Travis Hamonic elbowed Brooks Orpik in the nose as the New York defenseman skated past his Pittsburgh counterpart. Hamonic was given a major for elbowing and a 10-minute misconduct. Neal scored the Penguins' lone goal on the 5-minute man advantage by popping a rebound of Chris Kunitz's shot past Montoya at 8:44 to tie it at 3. And when Dupuis's blast from the high slot beat Montoya, Pittsburgh had its first lead of the game. The teams were tied 2-2 after the first period. Ullstrom's second career goal opened the scoring 4:22 into the match. The left winger sped past Alexandre Picard along the right wing boards and whipped a shot over Fleury's glove. Jurcina made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 12:16. Jurcina hammered a slap shot past Fleury to conclude a play that began when Okposo was able to control a loose puck behind the Penguins' net. Okposo found Mark Streit at the left point, who then shoveled a pass to Jurcina. Up to that point, the Islanders had the edge in play. But when Sullivan halved the lead to 2-1 2:12 after Jurcina's goal with his fifth of the season, the momentum slowly shift. Joe Vitale outraced Streit to a puck that had bounced over his stick, and then fed Sullivan, who came down the slot, for the one-timer. Neal tied it with 28.2 seconds remaining. Kunitz forced a turnover behind the Islanders' net. Malkin grabbed the loose puck and found Neal cutting across the slot. Okposo put the Islanders back on top 3-2 2:54 into the second. He sped up the right boards and ripped a shot from the faceoff circle over Fleury's glove. Cooke and Martin scored goals in the third. Fleury made 24 saves, while Montoya stopped 25 shots. Pittsburgh was 1 for 3 on the power play. New York connected once on seven opportunities. NOTES: Crosby missed his second straight game. He had collided with Kunitz in the Penguins' 3-1 loss to Boston on Monday night. ... Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal also missed the game because of with lower-body injury. Jason Williams was promoted from Wilkes-Barre of the AHL. ... New York left wing Matt Martin played in his 100th NHL game. ... The announced attendance was 15,638.
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