PITTSBURGH -- Nearly every one of the New York Islanders' trips to the Steel City in recent seasons has been fruitless.
However, the Islanders got a rare win in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, and there was no doubt about the identity of the better team. New York rode Evgeni Nabokov's 37 saves and goals from four different players to a 4-1 victory over the Penguins at Consol Energy Center.
The Penguins had won 14 of their previous 15 home games against the Islanders.
Matt Moulson had a goal and an assist for the Islanders, and Casey Cizikas, Michael Grabner and John Taveras also scored for the Islanders (3-2-1).
Nabokov came within 1:09 of the 52nd shutout of his 12-year career before Pascal Dupuis scored his second goal of the season.
The crowd of 18,657 was the largest in Consol Energy Center's three-year history, but the home fans began booing midway through the second period. The jeers continued throughout much of the third period as Pittsburgh, considered strong Stanley Cup favorites coming into the season, fell to 3-3 overall, 0-2 at home.
Cizikas opened the scoring at 16:01 of the first period when he corralled a loose puck behind the net then beat Marc Andre-Fleury to the glove side with a wraparound goal. It was Cizikas' first goal of the season.
The Islanders then broke things open with a three-goal second period.
Grabner scored his fourth goal on a breakaway at 6:46, knocking his snap shot off Fleury's glove and into the net.
The Islanders then cashed in a power-play opportunity with Taveras scoring on a snap shot from the right faceoff circle on a pretty cross-ice pass from Moulson at 15:22.
Less than two minutes later, the Islanders scored again on the man advantage. Moulson made it 4-0 on a wrist shot off a backhanded pass from Brad Boyes, who was at the left side of the net to haul in a rebound off the glass behind the goal.
Fleury was lifted after the second period, having allowed four goals on 17 shots. He was replaced by Tomas Vokoun, who stopped all seven shots he faces in the third period.
The Islanders killed a five-minute power play early in the third period that resulted from Colin McDonald receiving a major boarding penalty. McDonald also drew a game misconduct.
NOTES: Pittsburgh D Matt Niskanen will miss at least two weeks and possible a month because of an undisclosed lower body injury. He was injured Sunday when he crashed skates first into the boards during the first period of a win at Ottawa. D Simon Depres took Niskanen's spot in the lineup. ... Islanders D Travis Hamonic was back in the lineup two days after suffering a sprained ankle in an overtime loss at Winnipeg. ... New York F Jesse Joensuu will miss from five-to-seven weeks after undergoing sports hernia surgery. Joensuu has not played this season after being injured while playing in Finland during the lockout. ... Islanders LW Josh Bailey (knee) is hopeful of being able to start practicing with the team next week after sitting out the first six games. ... Penguins C Eric Tangradi, who failed to score a point in five games, was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. D Robert Bortuzzo was also scratched by Pittsburgh. ... Healthy scratches for the Islanders were LW Eric Boulton, D Radek Martinek and D Joe Finley.