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Islanders at Penguins - 11-22-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

PREGAME

-The Penguins worked a "varsity" power-play unit at this morning's skate which was compiled of Sidney Crosby, James Neal, Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz and Paul Martin. Martin's addition to that unit at the expense of Kris Letang is notable as Letang was seemingly cemented on the point with that squad. But with the Penguins healthy for the most part up front at forward, Martin is the best option if the Penguins are going to use four forwards and one defenseman.

-Martin is simply more composed. He might not have the physical tools of Letang, but he's far more disciplined with Letang. He doesn't take risks when carrying the puck through the neutral zone. He doesn't wander too far from the blue line and give opposing penalty killers chances at short-handed goals. And he has a much more accurate shot from the point than Letang.

-Look at this goal Martin scored at Washington Wednesday:

-We know it's an even-strenght goal but what Martin was able to do on that goal was be patient. He waited for a screen to be established by Chris Kunitz and Washington's Steve Olesky then released a wrister Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby didn't appear to see.

-In contrast, take a look at this game-winning goal the Islanders' Josh Bailey scored here Oct. 25.

Letang shot the puck twice and had it blocked. The second time led to a rush up ice for the Islanders and the eventual game-winning goal. He didn't show a ton of patience.

-Martin's ability to find shooting lanes is similar to Sergei Gonchar's:

-Gonchar has a harder shot and more gaudy numbers than Martin, but they share an ability to locate holes when an opposing defense packs it in.

-Players with big shots like Shea Weber or Dustin Byfuglien (or Al MacInnis if you're of a certain age) get a lot of attention and justly so for having cannons for slap shots from the point. A big, powerful shot is nice, but location and patience is equally important.

-The Penguins are facing a hobbled Islanders team. They are short on defensemen with Brian Strait and Lubomir Visnovsky still injured and they are playing without their top goaltender in Evgeni Nabokov. Kevin Poulin is in net. The Penguins need to avoid the classic "trap" game, forget about tomorrow's showdown with the Canadiens and earn a clean two points tonight.

-The Islanders aren't dealing with any such issues up front. Thomas Vanek is back from an "upper-body" injury and they can role two quick, talented lines up front which have given the Penguins' defense fits in the recent past.

-Jeff Zatkoff is back in net after nearly three weeks of down time. It'll be interesting to see if he's at all rusty. The Penguins made his last game, a 3-0 shutout of the Blue Jackets Nov. 2, an easy night as they limited the shots he faced. We're not sure if they can do the same to this Islanders team.

-Despite his team sinking to last place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Division, Islanders captain John Tavares has been outstanding this season. He has failed to score a point in only four of his 22 games this season.

-As always, expect Sidney Crosby to see plenty of Frans Nielsen at center as well as Travis Hamonic and Andrew MacDonald on defense when the Islanders can get the matchups they want as the road team.

-The Penguins assigned Zach Sill to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton late this afternoon. He appeared in one game, a 4-1 loss at New Jersey Saturday, had 9:10 of ice time, and was 1 for 5 in faceoffs. He's done everything asked of him by management and has been a good citizen but we just don't see him being anything more than an occasional fill-in at the NHL level right now, especially two games into the Brian Gibbons Era.

-Dahntahn is all lit up for Everyone in the Suburbs Goes Downtown for One Night and Screws Up Parking Light Up Night:

-The barn:

-The ice:

-Seasonal orange hues and Paul Martin's sunny disposition  have conspired to create the happiest cover of IceTime we can ever recall:

-A fitting jersey given his history against the Islanders, Brent Johnson:

-Jarome Iginla:

-We always seem to run into a Craig Adams jersey:

-Rick Tocchet:

-People entering the barn:

-Is Wayne Gretzky Team Canada jersey foul? Because it should be:

-Sidney Crosby Team Canada:

-There aren't too many Islanders fans here. Kyle Okposo:

-Former Penguins/Islanders forward Miroslav Satan:

-Jersey Foul of the Night: We... what... uh... We're really not sure what to say about this:

-Brandon Sutter Albany River Rats:

-You don't see too many Tom Barrasso "Snoop Dogg" jerseys:

-Jersey of the Night: Because it is Light Up Night Dahntahn, we'll go with Downtown Robbie Brown:

-Warmups:

-The Penguins starters are Pascal Dupuis, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Deryk Engelland, Matt Niskanen and Jeff Zatkoff.

-Their scratches are Robert Bortuzzo and Matt D'Agostini.

-The Islanders' starters are Casey Cizikas, Matt Martin, Colin McDonald, Travis Hamonic, Andrew MacDonald and Kevin Poulin.

-Their scratches are Eric Boulton, Brock Nelson and Aaron Ness.

-No Jimerson. No photo.

FIRST PERIOD

 19:28: Off a little give and go with Tavares, Okposo cut to the net from the right circle. Zatkoff's left skate denies him. the rebound kicks out to the left circle. MacDonald jabs it on net. Zatkoff fights it off.

18:17: Off a defensive zone steal, Sutter rips a wrister from the right circle. Poulin eats it up.

17:13: Zatkoff is on early. Cal Clutterbuck pumps a quick one-timer from the right circle. Zatkoff hugs it against his chest.

17:06: The Penguins get an early power play as Peter Regin is called for "delay of game-smothering puck" (?). The Penguins send out Martin, Malkin, Crosby, James Neal and Chris Kunitz.

17:00: Off an offensive faceoff win, Malkin grips and rips a heavy wrister from the right half wall. Poulin eats it up.

16:19: With Cizika operating without a stick, the Penguins move the puck around the perimeter . Neal gets it in the right circle and rips a heavy wrister ron net. Poulin hugs it against his stomach and gets his team a much needed stop.

16:01: A wrister by Malkin is denied by Poulin.

15:56: Wow. Wow. Wow. More fancy passing leads to another spectacular power-play goal. Drawing in defenders on the left half wall, Malkin sends a cross-ice pass to Crosby on the right half wall. Crosby one-touches it to Kunitz to the left of the cage. Kunitz re-directs the puck with his forehand by the blocker of  a helpless Poulin. That was almost as pretty as the power-play goal Crosby scored in Washington Wednesday. Crosby and Malkin get assists. The "Hey Song" is always pretty. Penguins 1-0.

15:19: Tavares gets a step on Letang on the right wing and puts a wrister wide of the cage. He collects the rebound behind the net and deals a pass to Vanek to the left of the cage. As Vanek shoots into the net, Sutter crashes into Zaktoff and dislodges the net. Play is blown dead. Vanek is called for interference as he shoved Sutter into Zatkoff. That's two minutes. Malkin, Neal, Martin, Crosby and Kunitz take the ice.

14:59: Off an offensive zone faceoff win by Cizikas, Hickey booms a slapper form the right point. Ztakoff holds it on and covers as Cizikas digs away for a rebound.

13:28: Letang zips a wrister form the center point wide to the left of the cage.

13:05: Letang whips a wrister from the right half wall which Hickey blocks.

12:18: Yet another power play for the Penguins. The great Joe Vitale pushes a puck up the right win of the neutral zone, chips it in deep and his shoulders from the side into the glass in front of the scorers booth by Hamonic. That's two minutes for high sticking. Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Kunitz and Martin take the ice.

12:05: Speed through the neutral zone leads to another goal. After Mlakin forces Nielsen into a turnover inside the Penguins' blue line, Martin takes the puck, reverses direction and deals a pss to Neal on the left wing. Neal gains the left wing with speed on a partial three-on-two. He deals a pass to Kunitz on the right wing. Kunitz leans down into the shot and pops a one-timer by the glove hand of Poulin on the near side. That goal was a little more meat and potatoes, but it was still pretty. The "Hey Song" double shifts. Penguins 2-0.

11:08: Maatta flings a wrister from the left wing. Gibbons crashes into the net as Poulin makes a save. Gibbons appears to catch his head on Poulin's left knee. He slowly recovers to his skates but stays in the game.

10:19: Letang jumps on a loose puck int he slot and taps it to Jussi Jokinen to the right of the cage. Jokinen jabs the puck but puts it wide.

9:25: Niskanen whips a quick one-timer form the right half wall. Poulin fights it off.

8:24: Glass lifts a wrister from above the right circle. Matt Donovan blocks it. Glass recovers his rebound and lifts a backhander on net. Poulin eats it up.

7:59: Tavres forces Orpik into a turnover in the Penguins' left circle with a strong forecheck. Vanek takes the puck over in the left corner and flings a wrister into Zatkoff who smothers it.

7:18: Pierre-Marc Bouhard flings a wrister fromt he right point. Zatkoff punches it way despite traffic.

6:39: On a three-on-two, Bouchard gets in deep on the left wing and lifts a wrister which Zatkoff deflects out of play.

5:50: Matt Martin flings a wrister from the right wing. Zatkoff fights it off. A few Islanders crash in. Deryk Engelland takes exception and dishes out a few shoves.

5:29: Poulin comes up huge. Gibbson gains the offensive zone on the right wing and feathers a pass to Sutter driving to the net down the slot. Sutter fights off Hickey, spins and tries to live a wrister but Poulin is able to fight off the puck. A goal there would have turned this into a rout.

4:18: Orpik tes up a slapper from the right point which. Okoposo blocks. Okposo heads to the bench in a lot of discomfort.

3:32: Clutterbuck lifts a wrister from a bad angle on the right wing. Zatkoff knocks it down and smothers it. Clutterbuck crashes in. Engelland boxes him out and gives him a few shoves. Officials give Engelland a quick hook and send him to the penalty box for roughing. That's the definition of a "make-up" call.

3:11: Pierre-Marc Bouchard chips a puck from the right wing into the offensive zone just inside the Penguins' blue line. Orpik steps and knocks him into the Penguins' bench. Oof.

2:26: Hamonic rips a wrister from the right half wall. It hits a stick and deflects away.

1:34: Pascal Dupuis backhands a puck down ice and kills off the rest of Engelland's minor.

1:10: Kunitz gets a hat trick... but wait... Kunitz grips and rips a wrister from the right circle and blows it by Poulin's right leg cleanly. Officials immediately wave off the goal and call Malkin for high sticking. A replay shows Malkin's stick making minimal contact with Matt Carkner's nose. It's not much but it's enough to earn a high sticking minor. Several hats rain down on the ice. Boos follow. Crosby, Adams, Paul Martin and Orpik take the ice. We'll have four-on-four for 1:29

0:39: Things get evened up. Adams pushes the puck up ice shorthanded. As he gains the left circle in the Islanders' zone, he's hooked up by Bouchard. That's two minutes for hooking.

0:36: Off a faceoff win in by Jokinen in the New York right circle. Letang rips a wrister from above the circle. Poulin fights it off.

0:00: End of period. Clutterbuck gives Neal a bit of a ride into the New York end boards. Officials quickly break it up and sent the teams to their respective dressing rooms. Penguins 2, Islanders 0.

SECOND INTERMISSION

-The difference in that period were the special teams. The Penguins took advantage of their ample power-play time and blew two shots by Poulin. Other than that, five-on-five play has been pretty even.

-The Islanders' top line of Tavares, Vanek and Okposo has generated a fair amount of quality scoring chances. The Martin-Orpik defensive pairing isn't have as easy of a time with them as they against the Capitals top line of Alex Ovechkinm Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson Wednesday.

-Kunitz is tuned in. His would-be third goal went in cleanly. We have a feeling he'll complete his hat trick.

-The Islanders' defensemen are having some issues with the Penguins' speed tonight.

-Poulin has been okay. He didn't really have a prayer on the two legit Kunitz goals.

-Zatkoff has been pretty strong. He's not fighting the puck and he's kicked out safe rebounds.

-Shots on net are even, 13-13.

-The Penguins have a 26-19 lead in attempted shots.

-Maatta and Clutterbuck each lead the game with three shots.

-The double Ts have given them a clear advantage. Sutter and Beau Bennett need to step up.

-Paul Martin leads the game with 8:53 of ice time.

-Donovan leads the Islanders with 8:38.

-The Penguins have a 14-12 lead in faceoffs (54 percent).

-Cizikas and Sutter are each 5 for 8 (63 percent).

-No one has more than one blocked shot.

SECOND PERIOD

20:00: The period will begin with 51 seconds of four-on-four play on fresh ice.

19:10: Malkin emerges from the penalty box. The Penguins will have a brief power play.

18:59: Carkner strokes as slapper from the right point. Zatkoff gloves it.

18:36: HUGE stop. Crosy controls the puck from the left of the cage and sneaks a pass to Malkin in the right circle. Malkin releases a wrister. Poulin is able to dive to his left and punch the puck away. Malkin droops his shoulders in frustration.

18:14: The Islanders get on the board. Martinek sneak up the right wing and chops a loose puck on net. Okposo beats Orpik to the rebound in the right corner and deals a backhanded pass to Vanek in the right circle. Vanek release a one-timer by the blocker of Zatkoff on the far side. Great effort by Okposo. Okpos and Marekn get assists. Penguins 2-1.

17:35: Sutter tries to jam in a forehand wraparound from the lef to fthe cage. It gets kicked out. Engelland collects the rebound pumps a slapper from center poitn wide of the cage.

17:05: Letang pushes a puck out of his own zone and delivers a pass . Grabner

16:49: On a delayed penalty, Hamonic whiffs on a one-timer attempt from the right point, settles the puck and puts  slapper on net. Zatkoff knocks it dead and covers. Niskanen is called for roughing Bailey. He sort of tackled Bailey in the neutral zone. Crosby, Dupuis, Paul Martin and Orpik take the ice.

15:07: Hamonic lifts a wrister from the right circle. Zatkof fights it off despite traffic.

14:49: The Niskanen minor is killed with little threat from the Penguins.

14:17: Taking a pass center point. Paul Martin golfs a slapper. Okpos challenge the shot and snags it with a nice glove hand.

13:35: The slump is over. Malkin collects a loose puck int eh slot and dishes a nifty backhanded pass to Neal in the left circle. Passing up the clean shot, Neal sort of forces a pass to Malkin just above the blue paint. Malkin is able to force a forehand shot under Poulin and into the cage. Malkin celebrates by punching the glass. That ends a 15-game slump without a goal for Malkin. Neal and Jokinen get assists. The "Hey Song" is never in a slump. Penguins 3-1.

10:49: Martin chop a slapper from the center point. It hits something in front and deflects away.

10:41: Paul Martin gets another chance from center point and puts it off the cross bar.

10:02: Grabner pushes the puck up the left wing through the neutral zone and tries to simply us he speed to create a scorign chance. Niskanen keep up with him and bodies him off the puck. Impressive play by Niskanen against the speedy Grabner.

9:48: Hamonic booms a slapper from the right point. Zatkoff kicks it out.

9:00: After Martinek fumbles a puck at the Penguins right point. it skids out to the Islanders blue line down the slot. Sutter chases it down, collects it and attacks with a backhander. Poulin forces him to shoot it wide.

8:27: The Penguins get a little sloppy and it leads to offense for the Islanders. After The Penguins pass the puck one too many times on an offensive chance in the Islanders' zone, the puck pushes back up ice by former Penguin Colin McDonald on the right wing. He has an acre of ice to work with and rips a wrister from the right circle by the blocker of Zatkoff on the far side. Fire Ray Shero. That was a very preventable goal for the defense and Zaktoff. Cizikas gets the only assist. Penguins 3-2.

7:17: What the... Carkner booms a slapper from the right point. Zatkoff fights it off. Paul Maritn skate the rebound out of anger. He forces a bad pass which Vanek steals. Vanek sneaks down the from the right circle and deals a pass to Tavares to the right of the crease as Orpik slides out of the play. Tavares deals to Okpos crashes sin. Vanek is able to punch in the puck behind an out of place Zatkff. What a mess of a play by the Penguins. Orpik swats the puck in anger. Okposo and Tavares get the assists. The Penguins call a timeout to get organized. Islanders 3, Penguins 3.

6:46: Off a give-and-go, Malkin deals a pass from the right circle to Dupuis crashing down the slot. Dupuis shoves he puck on net Poulins fights it off with his right hip. Dupuis and Neal jab at a potential rebound but nice dice.

5:59: The Islanders get another power play. Niskanen is called for delay of game after xxx. xx take the ice. Attendance is announced as 18,513. It is the team's 299th consecutive sellout.

4:45: Glass pokes a puck by Tavares on the Penguins' right half wall then lunges to backhand it down ice and out of the defensive zone.

4:02: The hole gets deeper for the Penguins . Adams is called for slashing Bailey. The Islanders will have a two-man advantage for thee seconds. Glass, Orpik and Crosby take the ice.

3:59: Niskanen returns to the ice.

3:53: Hickey booms a slapper from the center point which is deflected wide.

2:24: Bouchard lifts a wrister from the left circle. Zatkoff says no.

2:14: Paul Martin almost makes amends for his earlier mistake. On a bit of two-on-one rush. Paul Martin pushes the puck up the right wing backhands a pass to the slot. Glass is there and jabs the puck wide to the left of the cage.

1:46: Kunitz lifts a slapper from the left half wall. Poulin says no.

1:40: Poulin comes up big again. From the left circle, Crosby deals a pass to the right circle for Maatta who puts a one-timer on net. Poulin dives to his right right to fight it away Malkin collects the rebound behind cage and deals to Crosby in the circle. Crosby leans down and snaps off a wrister which hits off the side of the cage. Poulin is giving his team every chance to win this game.

0:33: Orpik chips a one-timer from above the left circle over the cage and out of play.

0:06: Battling for a puck near the Penguins' left corner, Orpik smacks McDonald into the boards.

0:00: End of period. Islanders 3, Penguins 3.

SECOND INTERMISSION

-The Penguins had this game wrapped up. They had a big lead. They've had two separate two-goal leads but they kept giving the Islanders several chance until finally they tied the game 3-3. The Penguins have earned this result.

-Maybe with a few goals and the Islanders using a backup goaltender, the Penguins got a little greedy and decided to play some run and gun hockey. Either way, they are playing a much different game compared to the disciplined, shutdown game they displayed in Wednesday. We have watched Wednesday and obviously tonight's game in person and it feels like we're watching two different sports.

-The Penguins have allowed themselves to make that one extra pass a few too many times tonight.

-The Islanders speed is giving the Penguins all kind of fits tonight.

-MacDonald has not recorded a shift since 9:53 was remaining in the first period. He appeared to block a shot during the Penguins' second power play with his hand or wrist and did not return.

-The Islanders have a 26-25 lead in shots on net.

-The Penguins have a 47-41 lead in attempted shots.

-Hamonic and Malkin each lead the game with five shots.

-Hamonic leads the game with 19:26 of ice time.

-Letang leads the Penguins with 16:50.

-Faceoffs are tied, 21-12 (50 percent).

-Sutter is 7 for 12 (58 percent).

-Tavares is 9 for 14 (64 percent).

-Donovan leads the game with three blocked shots.

-None of the Penguins has more than one blocked shot.

THIRD PERIOD

19:46: Letang swats a one-time from above th left cirlce on net. Poulin says no.

19:20: MacDonald is back. He blocks a shot attempt by Dupuis in the slot.

18:03: Working with some space and speed in the right circle, Neal lifts a wrister wide to the far side.

15:15: A wrister by Neal in the right circle is blocked by Hamonic.

14:33: Nielsen, who has been pretty quiet tonight, lifts a wrister from the left circle. Zatkoff fight it off.

14:12: Hickey booms a slapper from the right point. Zatkoff kicks it out.

13:20: Glass slams Cizikas into the right corner boads of the Penguins' zone.

11:36: Looks like Crosby is back with Dupuis and Kunitz while Makin is skating with Jokinen and Neal.

10:57: Neal has two chance in tight off a steal in the offensive zone. He can't put it behind Poulin either time.

9:21: Martinek booms a slapper from the right point wide of the cage.

8:34: A wrister by Harmonic from the right point is wide to the near side.

6:54: Sutter tries to deke his way through Donovan and Carkner down the slot but is slammed to the ice.

5:05: Poulin comes up big again. From in front of his own bench, Neal chips a puck from the left to Malkin. Malkin slink behind the Nielen and MacDonald sand attacks off the right boads. He tires to push a subtle forehand attempt through Poulin's legs but is denied. Poulin has been tremendous tonight.

4:05: Martinek booms a slapper from above the right circle. Zatkoff says no.

3:46: Niskanen blasts a one-timer from the left point. It hits a body in front.

3:06: A wrister by Tavares from the slot is deflected over the cage.

2:35: Poulin gets a little lucky this time. Malkin wins a faceoff in the Islanders' left circle to Neal positioned behind him. Neal release a clunky wrister which handcuffs Poulin a bit and trickles behind him. Poulin reaches back with his blocker and covers the puck. That was an odd play.

1:16: The "old" first line is back together and saves the day. Chasing after a chip into the left wing corner, Kunitz bodies Martinek off the puck and delas t Dupuis to the righ tof the cage. Dupuis deals a suble little pass to Crosby to the right of the crease. Crosby taps it in by Poulins' right leg and restores the lead. That was a classi goal for that line. F1. F2. F3. Dupuis and Kunitz get assist. The "Hey Song" is always classic. Penguins 4-3.

1:10: This couldn't end that easily. Glass is called for slashing. The islanders calla  timeout to get organized. Poulin is pulled for an extra attacker

0:46: Play is halted. Nielsen is laying near the Penguins' right circle in a twisted mess. A replay showed Adams getting away with a cross check. A trainer rushes out to attend to Nielsen. He heads to the bench in a lot of discomfort.

0:16: Dupuis collects a loose puck in the Penguins' left cirlce and flings it down ice.

0:00: End of period. A scrum develops in the Penguins' left corner. Nothing comes of it. The "Woo-Hoo!" song is played. Mike Lange informs us of Elvis' whereaout. Penguins 4, Islanders 3.

POSTGAME

-First things first, per head coach Dan Bylsma, Beau Bennett was being evaluated for what we assume is an injury. Bylsma did not characterize his situation as an injury. Bennett did not record a shift in the final 14:13 of play and only recorded five shifts in the final two periods.

-This game started much the same way as Wednesday's win at Washington but had a completely different route to the finish. The Penguins got an early lead and seemingly had a good grip on this game. ... Then the second period happened. The Islanders sort of lulled the Penguins into a run-and-gun game. They took advantage of their speed and capitalized on their chances.

-Why do the Penguins all themselves to get pulled into games like this against the Islanders? Sidney Crosby offered an explanation:

"They take chances. They pinch their [defensemen]. When they’re keeping puck alive, they’re going to generate things. But if you get pucks by them, you saw we got a number of odd-man rushes because of that. We just can’t get sucked into making high-risk plays because they are. We get an odd-man rush, we’ve got to take advantage of it. I think if you look at a typical tight checking game, you get an odd-man rush, if you don’t put it in, sometimes you lose that game. You don’t expect to get five or six and sometimes you take it for granted. I think we just get a little too crazy on offense to get those odd-man rushes because we know they’re available."

-Remember when the Flyers were the team that could get the Penguins to get selfish with a lead? The Islanders are the new Flyers in that regard.

-The goaltending was a huge difference. Kevin Poulin stole goals. Jeff Zatkoff didn't.

-We're not pinning this on Zatkoff. His defense was ugly at times in front of him. But if he steals even one goal, heck if he makes a pretty routine save off a pedestrian shot by Colin McDonald off the right win in the second period, this game is different. Zatkoff was left out to dry in the second period but he needed to be better.

-When Bennett left the game, the Penguins went back to their "old" lines in the third period and the vintage first line came up big. How classic was the play leading up to Crosby's goal? Chris Kunitz chipped the puck in. He then forced Radek Martinek to turn it over. Pascal Dupuis was there in support. He took the puck and dealt it to Crosby for a easy goal late. If you wanted to show the world what that line is all about, that's the goal which would perfect explain it.

-Evgeni Malkin continued to carry the offense and this time, he did it with a goal. He made a nice play to create the passing lane on Kunitz's power play goal. And he jammed in a puck off a charitable pass by Neal to score the Penguins' third goal. Malkin's goal numbers are down but he's still playing at a high level.

-On his goal, Malkin didn't even expect the pass from Neal. Malkin said: "He had breakaway. I’m not ready [for the pass]. Last second I shoot the puck. It was surprise to me."

-What was odd in the third period was how each team sort of hit the brakes. There were nearly as many chances taken by either team. They waited each other out for mistakes.

-The Penguins' special teams continued to excel. They went 2 for 4 on the suddenly dominant power play and turned away all six Islanders power plays.

-We're not sure what exactly the Islanders' top line did tonight that the Capitals' top line couldn't do Wednesday, but John Tavares, Thomas Vanek and Kyle Okposo were a force tonight. The Penguins' shutdown defensive pair of Paul Martin and Brooks Orpik had quite a bit of trouble tonight with them.

-Remember how a turnover like the one Paul Martin made which led to Vanek's second goal was the norm for him in 2010-11? These days, they are so rare. Martin had a rough game in what has been an otherwise strong season.

-We're not sure if anyone would ever have this on record, but we have to imagine Chris Kunitz leads some sort of list in terms of having goals called back.

-Frans Nielsen, who left the game very late with an undisclosed injury after being cross-checked by Craig Adams, was pretty quiet. He tore up the Penguins for three points Oct. 25 and was a non-factor for the most part. Per Islanders coach Jack Capuano, he will be reevaluated.

-Considering the Islanders played the entire second period without Andrew MacDonald, their ability to comeback in that period was even more impressive. He returned to lineup in the third period. Capuano also said he will be reevaluated.

-The Islanders had a 35-34 lead in shots on net.

-The Penguins had a 61-57 lead in attempted shots.

-Malkin led the game with six shots on net.

-Travis Hamonic led the Islanders with five.

-The only Islanders skaters who failed to record a shot on net were Peter Regin and Matt Donovan.

-Hamonic led the game with 28:09 of ice time.

-Kris Letang led the game with 24:28.

-The Penguins led in faceoffs, 31-29 (52 percent).

-Tavares was 12 for 21 (57 percent).

-Brandon Sutter was 7 for 13 (54 percent).

-Donovan led the game with three blocked shots.

-Martin led the Penguins with two blocked shots.

-Crosby scored his 250th career goal.

-Neal moved past Al McDonough and Ross Lonsberry for 65th place on the franchise's all-time leading scoring list. Neal and McDonough each have 130 points but Neal (64) has more goal than McDonough (56). Lonsberry has 129 career points.

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