Islanders take care of business against Penguins in 5-4 shootout win

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Islanders celebrate win at home Ilya Sorokin in forefront back turned
Islanders celebrate win at home Ilya Sorokin in forefront back turned

NEW YORK (AP) — Zach Parise and Josh Bailey each scored twice, and Kyle Palmieri had the lone goal in the shootout as the New York Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 on Tuesday night.

Ilya Sorokin stopped Jake Guentzel, Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang in the shootout and finished with a career-high 43 saves for New York.

Jake Guentzel had two goals and an assist, Crosby had two assists and Casey DeSmith made 33 saves for the Penguins, who lost for the fourth time in five games. Danton Heinen and Jeff Carter also scored for Pittsburgh.

Palmieri fired a wrist shot under the blocker of DeSmith to propel the Islanders.

Sorokin made a couple of clutch saves in overtime, including two pad stops on Jason Zucker and an impressive glove save on Guentzel’s redirection in the final minute of the extra session.

Casey Cizikas had the best chance of the 3-on-3 OT with a short-handed breakaway, but the officials ruled that the net was dislodged before the puck crossed the goal line.

Carter knotted the score at 4-all with a power-play goal at 5:38 of the third period. The Islanders were short a skater when Anthony Beauvillier was penalized for a tripping call in the offensive zone. Carter redirected a shot from Guentzel past Sorokin. Crosby also assisted on the tying goal.

New York took a short-lived one-goal lead in the third period after Brian Dumoulin misplayed a puck in the corner and Bailey capitalized. The Islanders’ alternate captain made a move to his backhand and notched his second of the game at 2:49.

The Penguins erased a 3-1 deficit and outshot the Islanders 19-7 in the second period.

Guentzel evened the score at 3-all with his second of the game and 35th of the season at 18:32 of the middle period. The Penguins had possession in the offensive zone for an extended amount of time and wore out the Islanders skaters. Rakell and Chad Ruhwedel assisted.

Heinen pulled Pittsburgh within one when he buried a feed from Kasperi Kapanen at 3:46 of the second period. Heinen sidestepped 39-year-old Islanders defenseman Andy Greene at the blue line to begin the sequence in the offensive zone.

Parise scored on the power play and short-handed to give the Islanders a one-goal advantage in the first period after New York surrendered the opening goal. Mathew Barzal fired a cross-ice pass that Parise fired past the glove of DeSmith to even the score at 9:10 of the first. Noah Dobson collected his 31st assist of the season.

The Islanders took a one-goal lead less than three minutes later when Jean-Gabriel Pageau slid the puck through the crease to set up Parise for his second of the game. Defenseman Adam Pelech intercepted a pass and exited the defensive zone with possession, which led to the scoring opportunity.

Bailey capped off a three-goal first period for New York when he took advantage of a Penguins turnover. Pageau and Palmieri’s aggressive forecheck forced Penguins forward Teddy Blueger to get rid of the puck behind the net and Bailey hammered a slap shot past DeSmith in the final minute of the first period to give the Islanders a 3-1 lead.

Guentzel opened the scoring at 5:52 of the first. Crosby’s sharp-angled shot created a rebound before Rakell was able to nudge the puck over to Guentzel for an easy tap-in goal.

MALKIN SUSPENDED

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin served the first of a four-game suspension Tuesday against the Islanders. The alternate captain was penalized for cross-checking Nashville Predators defenseman Mark Borowiecki on Sunday. Malkin will forfeit $190,000 in salary. … Cizikas returned to the lineup for New York after a one-game suspension.

PLAYOFFS APPROACHING

Pittsburgh’s magic number is three points (combination of wins or Islanders losses) to clinch a spot in the playoffs for a 16th consecutive season. The Penguins’ current stretch of 15 straight playoff appearances is the longest active postseason streak among teams in the major North American professional sports leagues and is the eighth-longest run of any NHL club since the 1967 NHL expansion. It is one shy of tying the Calgary Flames (1976-91) for the seventh-longest such run.

UP NEXT

The teams meet again Thursday at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.