User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Islanders surprise Penguins as road 'dogs

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Matt Moulson scored a goal and assisted on another, Evgeni Nabokov stopped 37 shots and the New York Islanders dominated the listless Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Advertisement
John Tavares scored for the second straight game for New York while Michael Grabner collected his fourth goal of the season and Casey Cizikas found the net for the first time in his career.

It was more than enough to send the Penguins to their third loss in four games. Pascal Dupuis scored with just over a minute remaining to avoid the shutout.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 13 shots before being pulled after the second period. The Penguins gave it away 11 times, with two of the turnovers leading to New York goals.

Pittsburgh has dominated the series over the past five seasons but dropped its third straight to the Islanders, its longest losing skid against New York since 2007.

The Penguins had scored first in each of their five games this season, but Cizikas gave the Islanders a well-earned early lead by stealing the puck from Paul Martin deep in Pittsburgh's zone then swooping behind the net and wrapping it around an outstretched Fleury.

The goal served as an exclamation point on a period the Islanders dominated in a place they rarely win. New York came in losers in 13 of its past 14 visits to Pittsburgh, the victory a 5-3 triumph last March that derailed any hopes the Penguins had of catching the New York Rangers for the Atlantic Division title.

Pittsburgh expects to be in the mix again during this truncated 48-game season but has hit an early rough patch that left the largest crowd in the brief history of Consol Energy Center voicing its displeasure following another disjointed effort.

The Penguins were drummed 5-2 by Toronto in the home opener last Wednesday and appeared no sharper six days later against a young, quick team that flustered Pittsburgh with its forechecking.

Not that the Penguins needed any help giving it away.

The Islanders went up 2-0 6:46 into the second period when Pittsburgh defenseman Deryk Engelland misplayed a New York clearing attempt at the blue line. The puck bounced off Engelland's stick and Grabner pounced, beating two Penguins up the ice then flicking a wrist shot that deflected off Fleury's glove and into the net.

The goal seemed to briefly energize Pittsburgh, who spent the next five minutes buzzing Nabokov. All the pressure failed to produce a goal and a pair of power-play tallies by the Islanders late in the period put New York firmly in control.

Tavares wristed a pretty cross-ice pass from Moulson by Fleury to make it 3-0 and Moulson scored less than two minutes later, collecting a long shot off the end boards and stuffing it by a foundering Fleury. The goaltender actually fell on his rear after the initial shot and failed to get up before Moulson stuffed it by him, a fitting ending to a frustrating night.

Nabokov had no such problems. He improved to 10-2 lifetime against Pittsburgh, which went 0 for 3 on the power play, including a fruitless 5 minutes spanning the second and third periods after New York's Colin McDonald was hit with a boarding penalty and a game misconduct for his hit on Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy.

NOTES: Islanders F Jesse Joensuu is out 5 to 7 weeks after having sports hernia surgery. Joensuu sustained the injury while playing in Europe during the NHL lockout ... Pittsburgh D Mat Niskanen is day to day with a right foot injury ... The Penguins announced earlier Tuesday that Consol Energy Center will host the second USA Hockey All-American Prospects game on Sept. 26, 2013 ... The Islanders play at New Jersey on Friday while the Penguins play in New York against the Rangers.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
News: Grand Salami - January
Wild edge 'Hawks, move to top in west
Berglund lifts Blues past Ducks in OT
Hall scores in OT, Devils beat Canucks
Caps rip Flyers for 9th straight win
Lightning lose Callahan for 4 weeks
Lightning recall F Joel Vermin
'Canes almost unbeatable at home
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NHL Pro Hockey Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NHL Hot Streaks
6-0 +625 L6, 20-7 +1,478 L27 Run
10-4 L14 Totals, +1,839 TY
4-0 L4, 13-3 +907 L16 Selections
6-2, +452 Record L8 Totals
7-2, +512 L9 Guaranteed Plays
7-3, +586 Last 8 Days
4-2, +195 L6 NHL Selections
3-1, +201 Last 4 Days
NHL Pro Hockey Expert Sports Picks
2016 NHL SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 1839
Bruce Marshall + 1591
Bill Marzano + 972
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 1246
Gary Bart + 616
Joe Williams + 541
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 652
Stephen Nover + 347
Scott Rickenbach + 239
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1361
Scott Rickenbach + 1249
Stephen Nover + 1005
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 906
Stephen Nover + 246
Don Anthony + 150
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 813
Gary Bart + 810
Stephen Nover + 205
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership