Penguins at Islanders - 05-11-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .


-Greetings on an overcast and rainy day on Long Island. There are even reports of some flash flooding in Nassau County. Hopefully for the Islanders' sake, the weather isn't a harbinger for their fate tonight.

-We've been recapping the Penguins' 1992-93 season on a game-by-game basis throughout this campaign. Twenty years ago yesterday, the Penguins won Game 5 of their Patrick Division final series against the Islanders and took a 3-2 series lead at the Civic Arena. Kevin Stevens told the Post-Gazette, "We're not going to come back here for Game 7." As we all know, there was a Game 7 in that series and things did not end well for Penguins or Stevens in that game.

-The point of bringing that up is that the Penguins can't allow any success in Game 5 give them an inflated sense of security heading into this game. It's a common cliche to say the a team facing elimination will go down fighting. The Islanders will live up to that cliche in every sense of the word. They have fought and clawed their way throughout this entire season as well as this series. They will make the Penguins earn a win tonight.

-If there is any evidence of the Penguins being overconfidence for feeling entitled to a win tonight, we couldn't see it. They have kept a pretty even keeled mentality throughout this series. Never too high or never too low. That's been the most impressive part of how the Penguins have operated throughout this first round.

-Frans Nielsen appears to be healthy enough to play tonight. He did not play most of the third period in Game 5 due to a lower-body injury. With the game out of hand by that point we wonder if the Islanders took him out as a precaution. Either way, they need him badly tonight if they want to win this game. He does so many thing for them, especially on special teams.

-The Islanders seemed like a more terse or desperate team today when they spoke to the media today. They talked about playing their game and cutting down on mistakes. The talk of confidence which was prevalent around Games 3 and 4 was largely absent.

-As we've stated throughout the series, depth is key. The Penguins have a ton. The Islanders don't. Andrew MacDonald's absence is huge for the Islanders. We saw that in Game 5 when the Penguins toasted the Islanders for two breakaway goals. MacDonald presence could have prevented one or both of those goals.

-THe biggest factor for the Islanders has to be Evgeni Nabokov. He simply has to steal goals tonight. He has not done that very much int his series. Frankly, he's been bad. They need a special performance from Nabokov tonight.

-We'll be curious to see if Tyler Kennedy and the great Joe Vitale have the same jump as they did in Game 5. Kennedy and Vitale will always provide energy. That said, they were healthy scratches for the first four games. They were going to come out like mad men in Game 5. Is it realistic to expect them to be at that same exact level for Game 6?

-This building will be nuts once again. We will come away with a completely different perspective on Islanders fans and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum after this series. This has been an impressive venue in terms of the atmosphere. The fans have chanted from start to finish. Everything from "Let's Go Islanders!" chants to the sing-song "Fleerrrr...Eeeee...." chants to other more vulgar expressions. It appeared the Islanders player genuinely appreciated it. This building is extremely dilapidated and the Islanders are in dire need of a replacement, but that doesn't mean this is a real hockey building.

-Somewhat notoriously, Game 7 of the 1993 Patrick Division final between the Penguins and Islanders is being played on the video board in this building. Anything for some inspiration we suppose.

-That hurt to embed.

-The barn in question:

-The extra air conditioning is plugged into the building:

-Some six hours before the start of the game, some hearty Islanders fans were tailgaiting in the rain:

-These foam "sticks" are tonight's giveaway:

-And they're all lined up:

-Having a few more of these signs in Consol Energy Center would be helpful:


-The retired jersey banners of Billy Smith, Bob Nystrom, Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier, Clark Gillies and Denis Potvin:

-The ice:

-The rink:

-For a higher resolution, click here.

-Looking overhead from the cat walk:

-An EN reader offers a jersey sighting:

-Sidney Crosby is popular:

-Jason Blake:

-Uwe Krupp:

-Scott Lachance:

-Kelly  Hrudey:

-Colin McDonald:

-Billy Smith:

-Pat LaFontaine:

-A poor, lost Patrik Elias Devils fan:

-Somebody call PETA:

-Paul Martin:

-There are a few Penguins fans. Jaromir Jagr:

-Tyler Kennedy:

-Brooks Orpik:

-A pair of Chris Kunitz fans:

-This is obscure, Ryan Craig:

-A few of the "Hazmat" orange Islanders jerseys. Ex Penguins/Islanders forward Andy Hilbert:

-Brendan Witt:

-Chris Osgood:

-Former Penguins/Islanders forward Miroslav Satan:

-Jersey of the Night: Former Penguin/Islanders goaltender and current Islanders general manager Garth Snow:

-Warm ups:

-The Penguins starters are Sidney Crosby, Pascal Dupuis, Jarome Iginla, Paul Martin, Brooks Orpik and Tomas Vokoun.

-Their scratches are Beau Bennett, Robert Bortuzzo, Mark Eaton, Deryk Engelland, Tanner Glass, Dustin Jeffrey and Jussi Jokinen.

-The Islanders' starters are Frans Nielsen, Matt Moulson, Kyle Okposo, Travis Hamonic, Brian Strait and Evgeni Nabokov.

-Their scratches are Eric Boulton, Calvin de Haan, Matt Donovan, Joe Finley, Thomas Hickey, Jesse Joenssu, Anders Lee, Andrew MacDonald, Anders Nilsson, Aaron Ness, John Persson, Marty Reasoner, Ryan Strome, Johan Sundstrom and David Ullstrom.

-Rookie forward Brock Nelson will be making his NHL debut. He was a first-round pick in 2010. What a moment for him.

-Big physical Matt Carkner is back in the lineup in place of Hickey.

-National anthem:


19:00: Josh Bailey knocks over Paul Martin along the board in front of the P enguins' bench.

18:41: The Penguins burn their time out early after an icing call. The Islanders had a strong first shift and Dan Bylsma didn't want to leave a tired group of players on the ice for the faceoff in his own zone.

18:10: Malkin races up the right wing. As he approaches the New York blue line, he goes to his backhand and THWACK! Grabner knocks him off the puck with a strong shoulder check.

17:12: On a three-on-two rush into the offensive zone, xxx take a pass from Martin and rips a wrister from the right wing. Vokoun fights it off.

17:01: From the right circle, Brandon Sutter rips a wrister from the right circle. Nabokov kicks it out.

15:04: Bailey lifts a wrister from the slot. Vokoun boots it out.

14:24: The Islanders maintain pressure and take a lead. Carkner chips a puck around the end boards to Bailey in the left wing corner. Bailey snaps off a pass to Tavares in the left circle. Kunitz and Neal fail to account for him and Tavares is able to rip a wrister behind Vokoun This place erupts. {M-V-P! chants begin). Bailey and Carkner get assists. Islanders 1-0.

13:53: Mark Streit spins and whips a wrister from the left point at the cage. Vokoun kicks it to the right wing corner.

13:10: "Voooooo....Kooooouuunn..... Voooooo....Kooooouuunn....."

13:02: Off a drop pass from Nielsen, Moulson chops a half slapper from above the left circle. Vokoun snags it.

12:21: It doesn't take long fo rthe Penguins to take it back. Paul Martin dishes a little pass to Crosby at the New York blue line. Crosby blows by Strait on the left wing with the puck on his backhand and attacks the net. He whips a wrister on net. Nabokov makes the first save. Strait and Hamonic fail to pick up Iginla who crashes in and pokes the loose puck behind Nabokov. A nice greasy garbage goal. That deflates this place a bit and ties the game. Crosby and Martin get assists. Islanders 1, Penguins 1.

11:13: Off a drop pass, Nielsen chops a slapper from the right point. Despres drops to his knees and blocks it. Despres is hobbled a bit afterwards.

10:21: Kyle Okpos tries to chip the puck into the left wing corner and knock around Letang. Letang is able to fight him off and skate away with the puck.

9:53: There's some serious hitting from the Islanders. Martin drops Letang twice behind the Penguins' net. The Islanders want to make Letang pay a price to retrieve pucks.

8:29: Nielsen pushes the puck up the right wing boards and leave a drop pass for Streit in the right circle. Before Streit can even get a clean handle on the puck, Crosby makes a furious effort on a back check to knock the puck away.

7:52: Despres drop Moulson with a hit into the boards behind the Penguins' net.

5:44: Hamonic lifts a wrister form the point. It hits a cluster of bodies in front of the crease and deflects juuust wide to he left of the cage. Vokoun spot the rebound and lunges to his right to poke the puck away.

5:31: Bailey chops a slapper from the left point. Vokoun sees the puck at the last second and kicks it to the right wing corner.

3:31: Hamonic floats a wrister from the right point. It glances off a stick and deflects juuuuust wide to the far side.

2:50: Crsoby hustles up the right wing and lofts a backahnder over the cage.

2:28: More "Prin-cess Cros-Bee!" chants.

1:51: Off a turnover by Kunitz in his own zone, Radek Martinek chops a lspaper from the right point. It glances off Vokoun's glove and sails to the left wing corner.

1:02: Brenden Morrow settles a puck in the slot and deals to Letang at the left half wall. Letang whacks it on net. Nabokov eats it up.

0:48: Controlling the puck behind the New York net, Crosby dekes by Keith Aucoin and whips a backhander on net. Nabokov fights it off.

0:37: The Islanders strike in transition. Pushing the puck deep on the left wing, Grabner wins a puck battle in the corner against Paul Martin. Aucoin takes the puck, draws in a defender and taps a pass to Aucoin on the back door. What a passing play. What a structure breakdown by the Penguins. Aucoin and Grabner get assists. Islanders 2-1.

0:03: Carkner pounds a last second slapper from above the left circle wide on the near side.

0:00: End of period. Islanders 2, Penguins 1.


-All things considered, that could have gone a lot worse for the Penguins. The Islanders came out possessed. They looked like a team battling to stay alive. They took it to the Penguins. The Penguins weren't timid by any means, but they spent most of the period in their own zone.

-The Islanders inflicted a lot of punishment on the Penguins, especially in the Penguins' zone. It seemed like the Penguins couldn't retrieve a puck without getting hit.

-Defensive structure breakdowns led to both Islanders goals. The Penguins failed to account for the shooter on each goal.

-Nabokov was very strong that period. He needs to be to give his team a chance.

-It's hard to blame Vokoun for each goal. He's a big reason this is only a one-goal game.

-The Islanders have a 12-7 lead in shots.

-Bailey leads the Islanders with four.

-Crosby leads the Penguins with two.

-The Penguins have an 11-10 edge in faceoffs (52 percent).

-Crosby is 4 for 7 (57 percent).

-Okposo is 4 for 5 (80 percent).

-Carkner leads the game with three blocked shots.

-Paul Martin leads the Penguins with two blocked shots.


19:33: Furiously working on the left wing corner, Crosby spins off a check from Hamonic and deals a pass to Dupuis in the left circle. Dupuis chops a shot which hits off a stick and deflects out of play.

19:07: Gliding up the left wing, Bailey cuts inside Paul Martin and flings a backhander from the left circle wide to the far side.

18:35: Off a neutral zone turnover, Grabner races into the offensive zone and lifts a wrister on net from the slot. Vokoun knocks it down to cover.

18:19: McDOnald flings a wrister from the right wing on net. Vokoun blocks it.

17:59: "Voooooo....Kooooouuunn.....Voooooo....Kooooouuunn....."

17:11: Lubomir Visnovsky pounds a lsppe rform the left point. Vokoun stop it but allows a rebound. Matt Martin is sitting on his doorstep and has a chance at the puck whacks it on net. Vokoun kicks it out as Douglas Murray knocks over Martin.

16:46: Tavares has a chance in tight but is denied by Vokoun. The Penguins can't get it out of their own zone.

15:50: Despres pounds a slapper from the left point. It hits a body in front and deflects to the left of the cage. James Neal is there for a potential rebound but the puck slides juuust past his stick.

15:24: The Islanders get the first power play. Recovering a loose puck in his own left wing corner, Martinek crashes into the boards after Morrow hits him from behind. It looked like Morrow cross checked him. He's given a boaring minor. xxx take the ice.

15:10: WOW! Boyes deals a little pass from in tight on the right wing to Moulson sitting above the blue paint. Moulson has a wide open net but Sutter gets a stick on him and forces the shot wide to the left of the cage. HUGE play by Sutter.

14:55: Streit flings a wrister from the center point. Vokoun eats it up and freezes play. Moulson slams his stick on the ice in frustration.

14:38: Boyes takes a pass on the right wing and is wide open on the left wing. As he approaches the net, Vokoun challenges him and forces Boyes to shoot wide on the near side.

13:50: Moulson tries to basically pushes the puck from behind the net ino the crease. He crashes on top of Vokoun and play isi halted. Letang gives Moulson some grief afterwards.

13:24: The Morrow minor is killed. The Islanders had a TON of pressure on the Penguins.

11:34: The Penguins almost strike off a faceoff play. Sutter wins a neutral zone faceoff. Letang plays the puck to Kennedy on the left wing. Kennedy moves the puck up the left wing, gains the offensive zone and cuts in side Hamonic. He deals a pass to Sutter in the slot. Sutter poes a wobbly shot on net with the shaft of his stick. Naboov holds the puc out even as COoe barges in

11:20: The Penguins get their first power play. Kennedy drives to the net from the left wing corner and is knocked down by  Martinek in front of the blue paint. That's two minutes for cross checking. Kennedy may have sold that penalty a bit.   Malkin, Kunitz, Iginla, Crosby and Letang take the ice.

10:39: Malkin a a puck strped by Cizikas at the left half wall. Cizikas pushes the puck up ice on the right wing on a partial two-one-one against Letang. As Letang slides down for a block, Cizikas steers by him and attcks the slot. Malkin slides down ank nocksthe puck off his stick.

9:20: The Penguins' power play is mercifully killed. They looked dreadful on that effort.

9:01: Tie game. A makeshift third line gets the equalizer. The great Joe Vitale drives up the left wing and centers a puck to the slot. Dupuis dives to the net and pokes the puck by Nabokov to tie things at two. That line had Vitale at center with Dupuis and Cooke ont he wings. It was an odd line but it worked. Vitale and Niskanen get assists. Islanders 2, Penguins 2.

7:00: Okposo has a shot in the right circle blocked by Despres.

5:56: Another bad penalty by Cooke. He dumps Cizikas hard into the end boards away from the puck. He's called for cross checking. That seemed like it was more of a trip than anything. Either way, Cooke should know he's going to draw a lot of attention from officials. Crosby, Adams, Orpik and Paul Martin take the ice. 

5:24: After Tavares pushes the puck into the offensive zone, Moulson whips a wrister from the left circle. Vokoun eats it up.

5:14: A shot by Visnovsky is blockd by Sutter. The rebound slides to Tavares in the right circle. Tavares collects it and whips a low wrister. Vokoun eats it up.

4:33: Bailey whips a heavy wrister from the right wing on net. Vokoun kicks it out.

3:56: The Cooke minor is kileld deipst some pressure by the Islanders.

3:32: The Penguins are called for too many  men on the ice. Bylsma is screaming at the officials from the bench. We're not sure we've ever seen Bylsma that animated before. Neal will serve the minor. Adams, Vitale, Orpik and Paul Martin take the ice.

2:26: Tavares takes a pass in the right circle, settles the puck and snaps of a wrister wide to the far side.

2:03: Yeesh. Boyes deals a pass from the left of the cage to Visnovsky on a version of the "Whitney Play." The puck hits a stick and deflects to the right of the cage.

1:25: As Neal returns to the ice, Bailey chops a slapper from the left point which is blocked by Murray.

0:25: Nabokov is keeping his team in this. Crosby spins off a check behind the cage from Hamonic and distributes a pass to Kunitz in tight on the left wing. Kunitz snaps off a little wrister which Nabokov eats up. Fans offer "Nab-Beee! Nab-Beee!" chants.

0:09: The Islanders almost takes the lead again. After Tavares pushes the puck in deep on the left wing, Visnovsky pounds a slapper from puck from above the left circle. Vokoun stops it as Boyes makes contact with him. Play is halted. Officials appeared to lose track of the puck.

0:00: End of period. Islanders 2, Penguins 2.


-The Penguins were better that period but  not by much. They're lucky they have a tie at this point.

-Discipline was a bigger issue for the Penguins that period. They took three sloppy penalties and gave the Islanders ample chances to take another lead.

-Tomas Vokoun is having another outstanding game. The Islanders have put him to work.

-The Penguisn haven't tested him a great deal, but Evgeni Nabokov is having his best game of the series.

-Simon Despres is having a strong game. He's blocked a few shots and has been engaged physically.

-The Islanders lead in shots, 28-13

-Bailey leads the game with five shots.

-Crosby and Dupuis each lead the Pengins with two shots.

-Malkin (0), Kunitz (1) and Neal (1) have combined for two shots.

-Paul Martin leads the game with 18:22 of ice tme.

-Visnovsky leads the Islanders with 16:38.

-The Islanders lead in faceoffs, 27-20 (57 percent).

-The great Joe Vitale is 4 for 6 (67 percent).

-Tavares is 11 for 17 (65 percent).

-Paul Martin, Dupuis and Carkner each lead the game with three blocked shots.


19:07: Okposo is shown on the bench in some discomfort after a hit by Letang in the left wing corner of the Penguins' zone. Okposo was being talked to by an athletic trainer.

17:39: The Islanders get physical and create offense. McDonald slams Letang to the ice on the left wing boards of the  Penguins' zone and forces a turnover. Aucoin takes the pass above the left cicle and fakes a slapper and deals a pass to Grabner on the left wing. Grabner is able to poke the puck behind a helpless Vooun on the blocer side. What a play by McDonald. This place goes nuts. Aucoin and McDonald get assists. Islanders 3-2.

15:47: Sutter flings a wrister from the left wing wide on the near side.

15:18: A deafening "LET'S GO ISLANDERS!" chant rocks this building.

13:02: Crosby pushes the puck into the left wing corner and is shoved to the ice by Hamonic. Crosby didn't exactly provide a ton of resistance to that hit. No call.

12:04: Off a turnover by Murray in his own zone, Martinek flings a wrister from the left. It hits Niskanen above the blue paints and deflects wide.

11:51: Off a feed by Okposo from the left wing, Martinek swats a one-timer from the slot. Vokoun kicks it out.

10:16: Nabokov settles a puck played into him from the left wing corner and swats it away to the opposite boards. Crosby is right there and almost knocks in the puck.

9:27: After a forecheck by Matt Martin, Letang turns the puck over from his won left wing corner. Boyes steals it and flings it on net. Vokoun kicks it out.

9:03: Kunitz races up the left wing and wnsp off a wrister which Nabokov kicks out.

7:21: McDonald challenges Murray at the left point of the New York zone and kicks it out of the zone.

7:00: On a patialy two-on-one, Okposo lifts a wrister from the left circle. Vokoun gloves it.

6:42: Bailey takes a pass above the right circle and pounds a slapper on net. Vokoun eats it up.

5:50: Grabner steals a puck off Cooke on the left wing of his own zone and chips it outo the neutral zone.

5:34: On a partial two-on-one, Aucoin cranks a slapper from the left wing which Vokoun calmly pushes aside. Vokoun is the only reason the Penguins have a chance to tie this.

5:16: And the Penguins take that chance, Malkin pushes the puck up the left wing and around the back of the net as the slow Carkner gives chase. Malkin deals a pass to the left point. Paul Martin is at the left point and whacks a one-timer which hits off the shaft of Nielsen's stick and deflect by the glove hand of Nabokov. Oh, what luck that was The Penguins forge a tie they don't deseve. Malkin gets the only assist. Buckle up. Islanders 3, Penguins 3.

3:48: A backhander by Malkin is wide of the cage.

2:36: Letang snaps off a wrister from the left point wide to the near side. He may have been attempting a redirection.

0:18: Picking up a loose puck in the neutral zone, Neal races up the left wing and snaps off a wrister from the slot which is blocked and deflected wide.

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


-Stunning. Just stunning. How in the world have the Penguins gotten this game to overtime. The Islanders have outplayed them for 95 percent of this contest. Yet, we're going to overtime.

-Tomas Vokoun deserves a win. He has kept the team in this game. He faced so many odd-man rushes that period. Despite that, he made safe saves with easy rebounds for his defensemen to handle. He's the biggest reason we're in overtime.

-The Penguins really took back some momentum after the Martin goal. They had the puck a lot more in the New York zone and while they didn't get a ton of quality shots off, they looked a lot more confident.

-The Islanders grinders have been a terror tonight. Matt Martin, McDonald, Cizikas and others have pounded the daylights out of the Penguins most of the game and forced a lot of mistakes. Additionally, they've picked up a few goals.

-Malkin has had  very quiet game most of the night but then he sets up the Paul Martin goal with a dominant effort.

-The Islanders are dominating shots, 35-19.

-Bailey leads the game with six shots.

-Crosby leads the Penguins with four shots.

-Paul Martin leads the game with 26:54 of ice time.

-Visnovsky leads the Islanders with 23:19.

-The Islanders control faceoffs, 39-28 (58 percent).

-The great Joe Vitale is 5 for 8 (63 percent).

-Tavares is 14 for 24 (64 percent).

-Paul Martin leads the game with four blocked shots.

-Carkner, Visnovsky, Boyes and Strait each lead the Islanders with three blocked shots.


19:22: Crosby spins off a check from Tavares on the left wign boards and whips a wrister on net. Nabokov punches it away.

18:07: Moulson pushes puck up through the neutral zone, gains the offensive zone and lifts a tricky wrister.

17:35: Kunitz forces a pass from the left circle which is blocked by a backchecking Okposo.

16:31: The great Joe Vitale recovers a puck behind the new York net and tries to tuck in a backhanded wraparound from the left of the cage but can't get a clean shot off.

15:41: Kennedy chases after a puck in the left wing corner and is slammed to the ice by Hamonic.

15:19: Neal psuhes a puck up the left wing and has a shot deflected by Visnovsky. Letang follows up on the rebound an dlifts a wrister over the cage from the left circle.

14:35: Grabner races up the left wing, goes behind the net and tries to tuck in a forehand wraparound from the rightothe cage. His shot goes wide.

14:24: Wow! Streit whips a puck from the neutral zone to the right wing corner boards. It takes a funny hop off the boards and deflects to the slot. Matt Martin is there and chops on net with a backhander . Vokoun kicks it out.

14:03: Moulson puts a wrister on net from the left corner which Vokoun punches away.

12:11: Brooks Orpik to the rescue!?! Oprik chops a slapper from the right point. It sails past a kneeling Boyes, flies over the blocker of Nabokov, glances off the cross bar and into the cage. A stunned silence falls over the building as the Penguins celebrate. The Penguins pulled this one out. Kennedy and Malkin get assists. End of game. End of series. Penguins 4, Islanders 3.


-The Penguins stole this series. Not just tonight. The series. They were the better team in two of these games. The Islanders outclassed them for most of the other four. But as this sport tends to do in a cruel fashion, bounces can erase any advantage. The Penguins got a LOT of bounces, especially tonight and are moving on to the semifinal round to face the Senators.

-Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic had a pretty spot on quote after the game: "Honestly, we outplayed them in a lot of games. It seems like it was a game of bounces. It is a game of inches unfortunately. It’s going to take a little while to get over this one for sure. It’s frustrating. "

-We couldn't agree more.

-It's goes to show the expectations on each of these franchises. Even in a win, the Penguins can't be happy with how they preformed this series. There were shades of what did them in against the Flyers last season. A lack of discipline, poor structure and turnovers crept into the game and gave the Islanders chances. Speed from the Islanders overwhelmed the Penguins at times as well. The coaching staff has several things too examine moving forward.

-That overtime period was pretty crazy. Each team controlled the play in spurts. The Islanders might have actually had the better chances. If not for a somewhat fluky shot by Brook Orpik, we might still be watching this game.

-Special teams were huge for the Penguins. After flaming out against an admittedly much better Flyers team last season and struggling most of this regular season, the Penguins's penalty kill really shut the door most of this series. And the power play was on fire.

-Tomas Vokoun was a rock once again. He's the reason the Penguins are flying home happy. He was bombarded most of the night with pucks, especially off some odd-man rushes. He made easy saves and gave  his team a rare calming influence. We're not sure how the Penguins don't keep in him in net moving forward.

-The defensive zone structure breakdowns by the Penguins were surprising. The Islanders got some goals off some tic-tac-toe passes in tight which led to goals. The Penguins need to clean that up.

-The Evgeni Malkin-Chris Kunitz-James Neal line was clamped down most of the game until Malkin make a strong rush to create Paul Martin's goal.

-On the Paul Martin goal, Frans Nielsen took full blame for it saying, ""It’s my fault. I can’t put my stick on that one. It comes as a slap shot. It’s just a reflex. You want to block it. It just goes cross bar. A mistake by me. A bad bounce too. It was tough."

The hitting was pretty intense and one-sided. The Penguins will need a day off tomorrow.

-Evgeni Nabokov's workload wasn't heavy but he turned out his best game of the series. Beyond that, he was dreadful for most of the series.

-The Islanders should be proud after tonight. They gave the best team in the Eastern Conference all they could handle and were' far away from an upset. If not for a crucial injury to Andrew MacDonald, this could be another story.

-If the Islanders can build off this and maintain their core group of players, they will be a tough team to play for many years to come.

-Islanders fans should be awfully proud of what they offered this team as well. Their presence in Games 3, 4 and 6 was very tangible. They gave their team a legitimate boost.

-We're not sure we've ever seen Kyle Okposo string together dominant games the way he has. He was such a force for the Islanders in so many ways.

-Simon Despres grew up in a big way today. After a nightmare Game 3, he rebounded in Game 5 and looked like he belonged in the lineup by Game 6.

-The big key for the Penguins was adding the great Joe Vitale and Tyler Kennedy in Game 5. They had a huge impact in Game 5 and while they weren't as noticeable in Game 6, they contribute in big ways tonight. Each of them recorded primary assists tonight.

-Brenden Morrow had a forgettable series after Game 1. He looked old and tired from that point on. We're not sure how Dan Byslma can use him moving forward.

-Hamonic was a pain in the you-know-what all series long. He the classic "hate to play/love to have" type of player. Along with MacDonald, when he was healthy, Hamonic took on some world class players and frustrated the much of the series.

-The Islanders energy guys such as Matt Martin, Colin McDonald and Casey Cizikas made their impact in this series with some solid, clean checking.

-Brian Strait showed he can play. There really wasn't any room for him with the Penguins. But he has a home with the Islanders and will be a big part of their team moving forward.

-From a professional standpoint, we enjoyed the Islanders. They were very cooperative with the media.

-The Islanders had a 38-21 lead in shots.

-Matt Moulson and Crosby each led the game with five shots.

-Paul Martin led the game with 30:03 of ice time.

-Visnovsky led the Islanders with 26:19.

-The Islanders dominated faceoffs, 44-20 (60 percent).

-Tavares was 16 for 24 (67 percent).

-The great Joe Vitale was 5 for 10 (50 percent).

-Paul Martin led the game with five blocked shots.

-Visnovsky led the Islanders with four blocked shots.

-Orpik scored his first goal of the entire season. Also, it was his first career postseason goal.

-Orpik became the third defenseman in franchise history to score a postseason overtime goal. He joined Kris Letang (Game 3 of a 2009 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Capitals) and Darius Kasparaitis (Game 7 of a 2001 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Sabres.)

-For as lousy as he played at times, Malkin leads the postseason with 11 points.

-Game summary.

-Event summary.



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