- 12:48 PIT Evgeni Malkin Assists: Phil Kessel, Chris Kunitz
- 15:38 NYI Shane Prince (Power Play) Assists: Brock Nelson, Travis Hamonic
- 17:35 PIT Sidney Crosby Assists: Scott Wilson, Justin Schultz
- 18:07 PIT Phil Kessel (Power Play) Assists: Evgeni Malkin, Trevor Daley
Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter
The Islanders found a way to lose to the defending Stanley Cup champions as they still search for their first road point of the season. After playing a solid 55 minutes, the wheels come off late led by an off-night from goaltender Jaroslav Halak.
Halak gives up two softies late. One to Evgeni Malkin as he failed to get set and the game winner to Sidney Crosby by not being aggressive in defending his crease. Crosby did get away with borderline interference on Johnny Boychuk just prior to scoring the goal but the referees were inconsistent, at best, all night long for both sides.
In fact, the only spot on obvious call they got right was a ridiculous penalty committed by Andrew Ladd right after Crosby's goal made it 3-2 Penguins with under five minutes to go. Seeing the number on the back of Carl Hagelin's jersey for a good five strides or more, Ladd still felt it necessary to run him face first into the glass, drawing a boarding penalty that sealed the deal in this one.
Shane Prince was a bright spot for New York, utilizing his speed all night long and terrorizing Marc-Andre Fleury. Prince hit the post on a breakaway in the first, set up Travis Hamonic's goal with a terrific saucer pass in the second and scored the goal that briefly tied the game at two late in the third. For this night, at least, he made it very hard for head coach Jack Capuano to take him out of the lineup.
Sidney Crosby broke a tie with 2:25 remaining and Phil Kesel added a power-play goal 32 seconds later as the Penguins rallied to beat the Islanders 4-2 Thursday in Pittsburgh. >>Read more at SNY.tv. . . ..
Next game: The Islanders host the Maple Leafs on Sunday at 6 p.m.