New York, NY- The New York Islanders were outplayed, outworked and outscored and fell by the score of 3-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Wednesday night hockey action. This is the second time in eight days that the Penguins were able to blank the Islanders.
For some reason this young squad has not fared well in back-to-back games, and this type of start is not the one the team needs coming out of the All-Star Break.
Pittsburgh was able to get on the board in the first period of play at the 8:09 mark, when Tyler Kennedy (eight) netted a 17 foot writer, which was assisted by former Devils-Star Paul Martin (15) and Zbynek Michalek (9) to make the score 1-0.
The Penguins were able to strike for the second time in that frame at the 13:10 mark as Chris Kunitz (18) on a 26 foot backhander, which was assisted by Pascal Dupuis (12) and Martin (16). Neither team would score in the second period of play as Pittsburgh would hold on to the 2-0 lead.
Maxime Talbot would ice the victory for the Penguins at the 19:19 mark as he would net a 85 foot empty-net wrister, which was assisted by Craig Adams to seal the 3-0 victory. But before the two teams would skate away the physical intensity would boil to a point to where Islanders Rick DiPietro dropped gloves.
For the first time in four years in the NHL two goalkeepers would go at it as Brent Johnson would quickly answer the call, putting down the injury prone Islanders keeper pretty quickly. Most Islanders fans would wonder why the coaching staff would not put in resident blue liner Trevor Gilles to respond to the physical Penguins.
Now as much as this one writer understand what DiPietro was trying to do for his squad, one does have to wonder why the oft-injured goalkeeper even felt the need to do that. But DiPietro is known for playing with emotion and fire, and will try to fire-up his team. He would finish up the night with 19 saves, while Brent Johnson finished with 20 saves and was named to the first star of the game.
New York will have two days before they host the Ottawa Senators for a 7:00 p.m. Saturday night face-off on Long Island.