WASHINGTON -- The New York Islanders avoided a disastrous defeat Wednesday night and now have a chance to notch their first three-game winning streak of the season.
The Islanders (8-10-4) squandered a 3-0 third-period lead before Anders Lee scored with 26.6 seconds left and Nikolay Kulemin added an empty netter three seconds later to give New York a 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
After beating the Penguins, who are second in the Metropolitan Division, the last-place Islanders travel to Washington Thursday for their first meeting of the season with the Capitals (13-6-2), who are tied for third.
Wednesday's fantastic finish likely made it easier for the struggling Islanders to talk about the third-period collapse that preceded it.
"We've faced enough adversity for a season, I think," Lee said. "We've been frustrated and it's been a tough start. We dug ourselves a hole, but we dug ourselves out of one tonight."
The Islanders have won two in a row for the first time since the fifth and sixth games of the season. << Read more...
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