The Pittsburgh Penguins Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves in his first playoff appearance in six years on Thursday.
His feat lead Pittsburgh to a 4-0 victory over the New York Islanders.
The Penguins goaltending change helped them secure a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
Marc-Andre Fleury had struggled for the Penguins after blanking New York in the series opener.
The Islanders went on to net 14 goals in the next three games, leading the Penguins to bring Vokoun off the bench.
Pittsburgh, No. 1 seed in the East, will try to advance to the semifinals on Saturday.
The Islanders will host Game 6.
This was Vokoun’s second playoff shutout, having recorded one with the Nashville Predators in 2004.
Tyler Kennedy, Douglas Murray and Sidney Crosby all scored in the second period during a span of 6:35 and Kris Letang added a third-period goal.
The victory was not as neat as it sounds.
A brawl erupted towards the end that produced game misconduct penalties for Pittsburgh’s Murray and Craig Adams and New York’s Keith Aucoin.
Video:Pittsburgh Penguins blank the New York Islanders in Game 5
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