The Islanders are 8-2-2 at home against the Penguins since the start of the 2000-01 season.
Alexei Yashin notched his 25th goal of the season against the New York Rangers on Wednesday, but it was league-leading scorer Jaromir Jagr who grabbed the spotlight. Jagr registered four assists in the Rangers’ 5-1 victory, breaking the Rangers’ franchise record for points in a season with his 110th.
“He’s a special hockey player,” Islanders interim coach Brad Shaw said. “Early in his career, he looked like this. I don’t know what happened in a few of his middle years, but certainly this year, he’s found the love of the game again.”
Meanwhile, a struggling Islanders offense managed just 19 shots on goal and nearly was shut out for the second straight game. New York lost 2-0 to Montreal on Tuesday.
The Isles are 2-5-1 in their last eight games.
The Penguins have lost four of their last five contests, including a 5-3 defeat against Florida on Wednesday.
Backup Sebastien Caron stopped all eight shots he faced.
LeClair’s 18th goal of the season came on the power play, when he flipped a backhanded shot past Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo.
“I’ve scored quite a few goals like that,” LeClair said. “It’s one less thing hanging over your head. Now you can just go out and play hard. I’m glad it’s behind us. It’s nice to be able to have family here for it.”