Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson scored goals in the third period help the Islanders tie the game, but Pittsburgh's Matt Hunwick scored the game-winner in overtime to lead the Penguins to a 4-3. win >> Box score
- 12:17 PIT Jake Guentzel (Power Play); Assists: Kris Letang, Evgeni Malkin
- 5:53 NYI Jordan Eberle; Assists: Ryan Pulock, Nick Leddy
- 7:29 PIT Phil Kessel (Power Play); Assists: Kris Letang, Sidney Crosby
- 8:01 PIT Riley Sheahan; Assists: Carl Hagelin
- 15:07 NYI Mathew Barzal; Assists: Scott Mayfield, Casey Cizikas
- 18:50 NYI Brock Nelson; Assists: Andrew Ladd, Thomas Hickey
- 1:29 PIT Matt Hunwick; Assists: Bryan Rust
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The Islanders still have not lost consecutive games in regulation time after a furious third period comeback grabs them a point in Pittsburgh, before the Penguins win it, 4-3 in overtime. However, how this game got there is what needs to be questioned.
After a strong two periods of road hockey by New York earned them a 1-1 tie heading to the third, it was another failure of the penalty killing unit, which has been absolutely abysmal lately, allowing two more special teams goals tonight, and a horrendous misplay by Jaroslav Halak that gave the Penguins a 3-1 lead.
John Tavares, quiet all night, then dominated a two-minute shift with about five minutes to play and the Islanders got goals from Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson, the latter coming with just over a minute to play, grabbing that aforementioned conference point.
However, in overtime, Josh Bailey was stoned by Tristan Jarry on a breakaway and New York never could recover. After Joshua Ho-Sang made a brilliant play on a 3 on 1 Penguins break, he was equally weak tying up Matt Hunwick in front, who tapped home the rebound of a Brian Rust attempt for the deciding tally.
Something, sooner or later, has to give in regards to the goaltending and penalty kill. The solution doesn't seem to be help from the outside on either one, so it's going to be up to the coaching staff and more importantly, the players, to figure this out.
The Bruins will host the Islanders on Saturday at 7 p.m.