By Eric Hornick
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Isles 4, Pittsburgh 3 [Series tied 1-1]
Kyle Okposo's game-winning goal was actually a shot that went a couple of feet wide. However, it caromed in off Marc-Andre Fleury after coming off the end boards with 7:37 to play in regulation time as the Isles evened their Eastern Conference Quarter-Final series with a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins before a sellout crowd of 18,624 at Consol Energy Center. The series now moves to Long Island, where game 3 will be played in front of a national television audience at 12:00 on Sunday.
00:43 PIT E. Malkin (1) Backhand - ASST: J. Iginla (3) 1 - 0 PIT
03:19 PIT PPG - S. Crosby (1) Wrist - ASST: J. Iginla (4) AND E. Malkin (3) 2 - 0 PIT
07:04 NYI PPG - M. Moulson (1) Wrist - ASST: J. Tavares (1) AND M. Streit (1) 2 - 1 PIT
07:22 PIT S. Crosby (2) Wrist - ASST: P. Dupuis (1) AND M. Eaton (2) 3 - 1 PIT
05:12 NYI C. McDonald (1) Backhand - ASST: K. Aucoin (1) AND D. Ullstrom (1) 3 - 2 PIT
10:37 NYI M. Martin (1) Wrist - ASST: J. Bailey (1) AND F. Nielsen (1) 3 - 3 TIE
12:23 NYI K. Okposo (1) Snap - ASST: M. Moulson (1) AND M. Streit (2) 4 - 3 NYI
· GAME 1: Pittsburgh 5, Islanders 0
· GAME 2: Islanders 4, Pittsburgh 3
· GAME 3: at NYI Sun May 5, 12:00 PM ET
· GAME 4: at NYI Tue May 7, 7:00 PM ET
· GAME 5: at PIT Thu May 9, 7:00 PM ET
· GAME 6: at NYI Sat May 11, TBD, if necessary
· GAME 7: at PIT Sun May 12, TBD, if necessary
The Islanders have now won game two in each of their last three playoff series…Sidney Crosby returned for the first time since being injured in a game against the Islanders on March 30th; he scored twice in the first 7:22 to give him 35 goals in 69 career playoff games…The Islanders comeback started after Kyle Okposo was involved in the first fight of his NHL career; 14 seconds later Colin McDonald had cut the lead to 3-2…Crosby and Malkin scored in the same playoff game for the 10th time; the Penguins had won the previous 9 …The Penguins have now sold out 280 consecutive regular season/playoff games… This was the latest the Islanders have played a game since they were eliminated by Montreal on May 24, 1993… Jarome Iginla had two assists for the second straight game…The 18 skaters used by Jack Capuano had combined for six playoff goals entering tonight (with three coming by Brad Boyes)… Mark Streit had two assists; the last Islander with multi-assist game was Tom Poti on 4-14-2007 in Buffalo.
· #1 Pittsburgh - #8 Islanders Tied 1-1
· #2 Montreal - #7 Ottawa Tied 1-1
· #3 Washington leads #6 NY Rangers 1-0
· #4 Boston leads #5 Toronto 1-0
· #1 Chicago leads #8 Minnesota 1-0 Game 2 on Friday night (late)
· #2 Anaheim - #7 Detroit Tied 1-1
· #6 San Jose leads #3 Vancouver 1-0. Game 2 on Friday night (late)
· #4 St. Louis leads #5 Los Angeles 2-0
Ghost of David Volek
The Islanders stopped a 14-game losing streak in playoff games that they allowed three goals or more. It's the first time since April 28, 2002 (5-3 win over Toronto) that the Isles won a playoff game allowing 3 or more goals.
It's the first time that they Isles allowed 3 goals in a road playoff win since May 14, 1993, when David Volek eliminated the Penguins at 5:16 of overtime in game 7. (The Isles had lost 15 straight road playoff games when the allowed 3+ goals)
A Rare 4-3 Playoff Win in Regulation
This was the 10th time in Islander history that they won a playoff game by a 4-3 score. However, six of the nine previous wins (including the last five) has come in overtime. The last time the Isles won a game 4-3 in regulation was on April 17, 1977 in Buffalo. This was the 206th game played since that 1977 win.
The 42 shots were the most that the Isles had in a playoff game since they had 44 against Toronto on April 23, 2002 and was the most against the Penguins in a playoff game since April 22, 2010, when Ottawa had 43.
Home and Road
The Islanders are 135-107 in 242 all-time playoff games. They are 77-38 at home and 58-69 on the road.
The Penguins are 153-132 in 285 all-time playoff games. They are 83-61 at home and 70-71 on the road.
In the Nets
After allowing three goals on the first nine Penguin shots, Evgeni Nabokov stopped the final 24 Pittsburgh shots to improve his career playoff record to 41-39. Nabokov, who played his 82nd game, has played in more game than any goalie participating in this year's playoffs; among active goalies only Martin Brodeur has played in more games (205).
Marc-Andre Fleury made 38 saves for Pittsburgh as his playoff record falls to 44-33. Only Tom Barrasso (56) has more playoff wins as a Penguin. Fleury has more wins than any goalie participating in this year's playoffs; among active goalies only Martin Brodeur has more wins (113).
The Islanders were 1-4 while the Penguins were also 1-4. For the series the Isles are 1-8 while Pittsburgh in 3-8. During the five games of the regular season against each other, the Islanders were 2-18 while the Penguins were 3-14.
Pittsburgh won all seven face-offs on their power play, which is something Coach Capuano commented about in his post-game interview.
Jack Capuano is only the sixth coach to lead the Islanders into the playoffs.
Most playoff wins by Islander coaches:
1. Al Arbour 123
2. Terry Simpson 9
3. Peter Laviolette 4
4. Jack Capuano 1
5. Ted Nolan 1
6. Steve Stirling 1
Most playoff games coached (Islanders):
1. Al Arbour 209
2. Terry Simpson 20
3. Peter Laviolette 12
4. Steve Stirling 5
5. Ted Nolan 5
6. Jack Capuano 2
Of the six, only Peter Laviolette (0-2) was not 1-1 after two playoff games as an Islander coach.
They Said It
Kyle Okposo: "We came out and we didn't let the first period frustrate us... We just kept coming at 'em and coming at 'em and we didn't give up all night."
They Tweeted It
@StapeNewsday #Isles won 5 games on road this regular season when they trailed by 2 goals... This is 6 in 26 games away from home.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick
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