The Pittsburgh Penguins took on the New York Islanders Friday night in search of their 11th straight victory. Neither Sidney Crosby nor Evgeni Malkin have scored a goal against Islanders goal tender Evgeni Nabokov in their careers.
It was nothing but Islander early on in the game. Not only did they register the first goal of the game, a slap shot by Mark Streit for his fifth of the season, but they also registered the first 12 shots of the game. It took the Penguins nearly 13 minutes to register their first shot on goal. The Islanders kept the pressure on throughout the first period outshooting the Pens 14-3.
The Penguins came out in the second period looking like the Penguins. They established their fore check and went to their game. Joe Vitale was able to tie the game at one with his second goal of the season beating Nabokov up high on the glove side. The Islanders fighting for the final playoff spot, only three points out kept battling the Penguins and took a 2-1 lead on a goal by Josh Bailey, his fourth goal of the season.
Chris Kunitz was able to tie the game at 2 for the Penguins scoring his 19th goal of the season with 14 seconds left in the second period. The second period was more evenly played with each team able to put 14 shots on net.
Good teams just find ways to win and that is the case with the Pittsburgh Penguins. A minute and forty-six seconds into the period Brandon Sutter scored his ninth of the year, giving the Penguins a 3-2 lead. Sutter has been a great addition for the Penguins, scoring big goals this year and his overall play has been great.
The Penguins had to scratch and claw their way for a 4-2 victory over the Islanders for their 11th straight victory. They will look to make it an even dozen Sunday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.