Well, a trip back may be in the cards in the postseason, but for the rest of the regular season Marc-Andre Fleury and the Pens won't have to hear the taunts from Islander fans as they did during Friday's 6-3 New York win. It was the Islanders' third straight win over Pittsburgh, and their second win at Nassau Coliseum this season.
The Islanders-Penguins matchup was billed to be another entertaining battle between divisional opponents, who have played some memorable games in recent years, and it lived up to the hype.
Whether it is there uptempo style of play or the constant pressure on Fleury, the Islanders found a way to knock Fleury and the Penguins off their game. Pittsburgh was a hungrier team entering Friday's contest. The Penguins had been dominated their previous trip to Long Island and coach Mike Johnston made a point of saying they wanted to play a better game following the morning skate.
The Penguins did that, taking the lead twice, but failed to pull away from the Islanders and once the goals started coming it was all over. The Islanders say there is no secret to how they've been able to get the better of Pittsburgh in recent meetings.
"I think just as a group collectively we're trying to get pucks on net," Travis Hamonic said. "When you're on the defensive side of things and you have a team that's throwing a lot of pucks on net, it's tough. You have to re-engage your battle in front of the net and positions are moving.
"...Just trying to throw pucks on net, crash and get bodies. This time of year more goals are going in that way then the pretty passing plays."
There were some of those "pretty passing plays" Hamonic mentioned, but most of the Islanders' scoring came from rebounds. The first game-tying goal by Ryan Strome was off of a broken play. Kyle Okposo's tying goal in the third was off a rebound and Okposo's power-play goal late in the game (his fourth) was off a scramble in front of the net.
The Islanders won't see the Penguins again until April 10 in Pittsburgh, but it is a safe assumption that Okposo will be looking to keep his strong play against the Pens going when he sees them then.
You could say he has become a bit of a Penguin-killer as of late.
"I seem to have a little bit of puck luck against these guys for whatever reason," Okposo said. "I get fired up to play these guys because they have such good players over there. They've been a good team for such a long time. They have two of the best in the world over there. It's a tough test anytime they come in here or we go there, they're fun games to play in."