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New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac celebrates after scoring a goal with left wing Miles Wood against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac celebrates after scoring a goal with left wing Miles Wood against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils raced out to a 3-0 lead and blew out the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 on Monday at PPG Paints Arena. >> Box score


First period:

  • 13:08 NJD Travis Zajac; Assists: Miles Wood, Steven Santini
  • 14:53 NJD Damon Severson; Assists: Blake Coleman, Travis Zajac

Second period:

  • 3:30 NJD Brian Boyle (short handed); Assist: Pavel Zacha
  • 4:28 PIT Derick Brassard; Assists: Marcus Pettersson, Juuso Riikola
  • 12:57 NJD Blake Coleman; Assists: Travis Zajac, Will Butcher
Tags: Blake Coleman, Damon Severson, Kyle Palmieri, Pavel Zacha, Pittsburgh Penguins, Travis Zajac
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New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby fight for the puck during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby fight for the puck during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders blew a 1-0 lead in the third period and lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in a five-round shootout on Monday at Nassau Coliseum. >> Box score


Shootout:

  • NYI Mathew Barzal: MISS
  • PIT Phil Kessel: GOAL
  • NYI Leo Komarov: MISS
  • PIT Sidney Crosby: MISS
  • NYI Josh Bailey: GOAL
  • PIT Evgeni Malkin: MISS
  • NYI Anthony Beauvillier: MISS
  • PIT Kris Letang: MISS
  • NYI Valtteri Filppula: MISS
  • PIT Jake Guentzel: GOAL
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Anders Lee (27) Sidney Crosby (87) Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Anders Lee (27) Sidney Crosby (87) Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel each had three points for the Penguins as they shut down the Islanders with a 6-2 victory Thursday night. >> Box score


First period:

  • 8:34 PIT Kris Letang; Assists: Derick Brassard, Phil Kessel
  • 17:43 NYI Brock Nelson (Short handed); Assists: Tom Kuhnhackl, Scott Mayfield
  • 19:31 PIT Kris Letang; Assists: Bryan Rust, Brian Dumoulin

Second period:

  • 7:21 PIT Riley Sheahan; Assists: Evgeni Malkin, Jamie Oleksiak
  • 12:09 PIT Phil Kessel (Power play); Assists: Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel
  • 17:37 PIT Phil Kessel; Assists: Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel

Third period:

  • 4:23 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Ryan Pulock
  • 13:00 PIT Sidney Crosby; Assists: Phil Kessel, Jake Guentzel
Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Pittsburgh Penguins
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New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle moves the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Jack Johnson during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle moves the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Jack Johnson during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

Brian Boyle scored a hat trick as the Devils snapped a three-game losing skid with a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday at PPG Paints Arena. >> Box score


First period:

  • 2:24 NJD Will Butcher; Assists: Joey Anderson, Jean-Sebastien Dea
  • 9:24 PIT Jamie Oleksiak; Assists: Olli Maatta, Jake Guentzel
  • 12:27 NJD Brian Boyle; Assists: Ben Lovejoy, Jean-Sebastien Dea

Second period:

  • 7:38 NJD Brian Boyle (power play); Assists: Kyle Palmieri, Will Butcher
  • 19:40 NJD Brian Boyle (power play); Assists: Taylor Hall, Will Butcher
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Nov 6, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators defenseman Maxime Lajoie (58) is checked by New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) in the third period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Nov 6, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators defenseman Maxime Lajoie (58) is checked by New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) in the third period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

The Devils jumped out to an early lead but things began to unravel as the Senators exploded for seven goals in a 7-3 rout to hand New Jersy its fourth loss in its last five games. >> Box score


First period:

  • 3:14 NJD Taylor Hall; Assists: Nico Hischier, Andy Greene
  • 11:20 NJD Kyle Palmieri; Assists: Ben Lovejoy, Nico Hischier
  • 12:05 OTT Thomas Chabot; Assists: Bobby Ryan, Chris Tierney
  • 12:58 OTT Mark Stone; Assists: Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel 
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Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist scores a goal past New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist scores a goal past New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Rangers lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Sunday at PPG Paints Arena. >> Box score


First period:

  • 3:14 PIT Patric Hornqvist; Assists: Carl Hagelin, Kris Letang
  • 15:17 NYR Michael Grabner
  • 19:06 NYR Brendan Smith; Assists: Vinni Lettieri, Paul Carey

Second period:

  • 13:15 PIT Dominik Simon; Assists: Daniel Sprong, Brian Dumoulin
  • 14:30 PIT Phil Kessel; Assist: Conor Sheary

Third period:

  • 12:33 PIT Sidney Crosby; Assists: Kessel, Jamie Oleksiak
  • 18:01 PIT Carl Hagelin (ENG)
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New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi tangles up with Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi tangles up with Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

Jimmy Vesey scored the go-ahead goal in the third period as the New York Rangers ended the regular season with a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 9:16 PIT Nick Bonino; Assists: Dominik Simon, Phil Kessel
  • 13:54 NYR Ryan McDonagh; Assist: Michael Grabner
  • 18:31 NYR Derek Stepan (power play); Assists: McDonagh, Mika Zibanejad

Second period:

  • 13:38 PIT Carter Rowney

Third period:

  • 7:23 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assist: Zibanejad
Tags: Derek Stepan, Jimmy Vesey, Michael Grabner, Mika Zibanejad, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ryan McDonagh
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New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) skates with the puck during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) skates with the puck during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils (13-14-7) welcome the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins (22-8-5) to Newark on Tuesday.

According to STATS:

  • The Penguins defeated the Devils, 4-1, on Friday night at PPG Paints Arena, improving to 9-1-2 (.833) in 12 games this month -- currently their best record in any December all-time. Pittsburgh has won 10+ games in December four times in franchise history (last time: 11-3-0 in December 2013).
  • Including Friday night's setback, the Devils have scored two or fewer goals in eight of their last nine tilts. New Jersey has -18 goal differential this month -- worst in the Eastern Conference and third worst in the league overall.
  • Pittsburgh has won both meetings with New Jersey in 2016-17, each win coming at PPG Paints Arena. The Devils are 7-1-1 in their last nine home games vs. the Pens.
  • Sidney Crosby lit the lamp Friday night, scoring a goal for the third straight game, and for an NHL-high 24th time in 2016-17. Crosby, who has a marker in each of his two skates against the Devils this season, is looking to pot a goal in three straight games vs. New Jersey for the first time in his NHL career.
  • Kyle Palmieri scored the Devils' lone goal Friday night, and has now lit the lamp in back-to-back skates for the first time of the season. Palmieri has four markers and a helper during his current four-game point streak vs. Pittsburgh.
  • Pittsburgh is the only team in the league to boast three 30+ point skaters in 2016-17 (Malkin -- 39, Crosby -- 38, Kessel -- 34).

© 2016 by STATS.

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New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) looks on during a time-out against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire)
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) looks on during a time-out against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire)

The three-day Christmas holiday break in the past, the Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils return to action Tuesday night at the Prudential Center to finish a home-and-home set that began with a 4-1 Penguins win in Pittsburgh last Friday.

That victory helped the Penguins (22-8-5) continue their impressive month of December. Pittsburgh has recorded at least one point in all but one of the 12 games it has played this month. The Penguins are 9-1-2 in December, a record that includes a season-high seven-game winning streak from Dec. 1-Dec. 14.

On the other side, Friday's result saw the Devils (13-14-7) continue their struggles this month. New Jersey, which had snapped a seven-game losing skid with a 4-0 home-ice win over the Philadelphia Flyers last Thursday, is just 3-7-2 in December.

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Nov 30, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) and New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (72) during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 30, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) and New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (72) during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period 

Second Period

Tags: Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, Johnny Boychuk, Pittsburgh Penguins
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Nov 18, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) controls the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Eric Fehr (16) during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 18, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) controls the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Eric Fehr (16) during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders look for their second victory in a row as they take on the rival Penguins at Barclays Center on Wednesday night. 

According to STATS...

  • The Penguins haven't played since Saturday, when they beat the New Jersey Devils, 4-3 in a shootout, in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh has not had consecutive wins sin November 5 & 8 (at San Jose, vs. Edmonton). In their last three games, the Penguins are 0-for-11 on the power play and have allowed five power-play goals in just nine opponent power-play opportunities.
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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist defends his goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist defends his goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA Today Sports Images)

Henrik Lundqvist was pulled after allowing four second-period goals in the New York Rangers' 6-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 4:22 NYR Rick Nash (power play); Assists: Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello

Second period:

  • 2:02 PIT Scott Wilson; Assists: Phil Kessel, Nick Bonino
  • 4:58 PIT Sidney Crosby; Assist: Ian Cole
  • 10:12 PIT Kessel; Assist: Bonino
  • 12:57 PIT Crosby; Assist: Kris Letang
  • 16:42 PIT Conor Sheary; Assists: Crosby, Carl Hagelin

Third period:

  • 13:05 PIT Matt Cullen; Assists: Justin Schultz, Eric Fehr
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Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) clears the defensive zone against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) clears the defensive zone against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

J.T. Miller scored a shorthanded goal with 59 seconds remaining in the second period as the New York Rangers overcame a 2-0 first-period deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Monday at PPG Paints Arena. >> Read more


First period:

  • 1:02 PIT Jake Guentzel; Assists: Phil Kessel, Trevor Daley
  • 13:12 PIT Guentzel; Assists: Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel

Second period:

  • 4:51 NYR Rick Nash
  • 14:23 NYR Michael Grabner; Assist: Ryan McDonagh
  • 19:11 NYR J.T. Miller (short handed); Assist: Kevin Hayes

Third period:

  • 12:46 NYR Hayes; Assist: McDonagh
  • 18:37 NYR Derek Stepan (empty net); Assists: Nash, Grabner
Tags: Derek Stepan, J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes, Michael Grabner, Pittsburgh Penguins, Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The Islanders just went through yet another tumultuous week where an expected coaching change never materialized and general manager Garth Snow broke his silence with the media, speaking to reporters after Friday's practice, in what was thought to be a forced move after Frank Seravalli of TSN revealed details of a discussion the two had in Toronto at the GM meetings.

With some sarcasm, snark and ill-advised humor, Snow offered a vote of confidence for his embattled head coach, Jack Capuano, whose system is either not working anymore with the current roster of players at his disposal, or the players have simply tired of the message being preached and have tuned it out. He also gave support to said roster, all while feverishly working the phones looking for offensive help.

Tags: Anders Lee, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Andy Graziano
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Islanders coach Jack Capuano and forwards Shane Prince and Brock Nelson share their thoughts on the Isles' 3-2 OT loss to the Penguins.

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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

The Islanders host the Penguins on Friday night. According to STATS...

  • Pittsburgh was blown out, 7-1, by Washington at Verizon Center on Wednesday night, losing for the second time in its last three tilts overall. The last time the Pens lost by more than six goals was when they were shut out 7-0 by the Hurricanes on December 16, 2001.
  • New York was blanked, 4-0, by Tampa Bay at Barclays Center on Monday night, dropping its third straight game by a combined score of 11-3. The whitewash was the first for the Isles since losing 5-0 to the Penguins on April 2 last season.
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 (Eric Risberg)
(Eric Risberg)

The Pittsburgh Penguins have won the Stanley Cup, defeating the San Jose Sharks in six games.

Now that the season is over, here are some important dates for the Devils as the 2016-17 season nears…

  • June 22: NHL Awards from Las Vegas
  • June 24-25: NHL Entry Draft from Buffalo, New York
  • June 30: Last day to qualify restricted free agents
  • July 1: Free agency begins
  • Sept. 17-Oct. 1: World Cup of Hockey
  • Sept 26: First preseason game - Flyers at Devils, 7 p.m. from the Prudential Center

The full 2016-17 regular-season schedule will be released later in June. 

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New York Islanders center Mikhail Grabovski (L) and defenseman Calvin de Haan (LC) and defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) and goalie Jean-Francois Berube (R) stand for the national anthem before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 2-1 in a shootout. (Charles LeClaire)
New York Islanders center Mikhail Grabovski (L) and defenseman Calvin de Haan (LC) and defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) and goalie Jean-Francois Berube (R) stand for the national anthem before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 2-1 in a shootout. (Charles LeClaire)

The Pittsburgh Penguins have won the Stanley Cup, defeating the San Jose Sharks in six games.

Now that the season is over, here are some important dates for the Islanders as the 2016-17 season nears…

  • June 22: NHL Awards from Las Vegas
  • June 24-25: NHL Entry Draft from Buffalo, New York
  • June 29: Blue & White Rookie Scrimmage and Skills Competition at Northwell Health Ice Center at Eisenhower Park
  • June 30: Last day to qualify restricted free agents
  • July 1: Free agency begins
  • Sept. 17-Oct. 1: World Cup of Hockey
  • Sept 26: First preseason game - Flyers at Islanders, 7 p.m. from Barclays Center

The team's full schedule will be released later in June

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) celebrates his empty-net goal with Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen (7) in front of New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) during the third period of game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 3-1 to take a two games to one lead in the best of seven series. (Brad Penner)
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) celebrates his empty-net goal with Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen (7) in front of New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) during the third period of game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 3-1 to take a two games to one lead in the best of seven series. (Brad Penner)

Box score

The Pittsburgh Penguins ended their postseason hex against the New York Rangers emphatically Saturday, lighting up Henrik Lundqvist in a remarkably easy 6-3 rout in Game 5 to win the series 4-1 and advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Rookie Bryan Rust scored twice during a four-goal burst in the second period and Matt Murray made 38 saves for the Penguins. Pittsburgh which outscored the Rangers 14-4 over the final three games to gain a measure of revenge after New York ended the Penguins' seasons each of the last two years.

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New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) skates with the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Conor Sheary (43) pressures during the second period in game one of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire)
New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) skates with the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Conor Sheary (43) pressures during the second period in game one of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire)

The Rangers and Penguins meet for Game 2 of their playoff series at 3 p.m. in Pittsburgh.

According to STATS...

  • The Penguins picked up a 5-2 victory in Game 1, after scoring exactly one goal in each of their previous four home playoff games against the Rangers.
  • The Penguins have gone 17-7 all-time in best-of-7 playoff series after winning Game 1, including victories in each of the last three such series.
  • The Rangers, 10-27 all-time in best-of-7 playoff series after losing Game 1, have lost seven of their last nine such series, but did pick up a victory against the Capitals in seven games in the conference semis against Washington last postseason.
  • The Penguins, coming off the 5-2 win in Game 1, have now scored at least four goals in 18 of their last 21 victories. Pittsburgh has also scored six shorthanded goals over their last seven victories.
  • Patric Hornqvist's hat trick in Game 1 was the seventh postseason hat trick by a Penguins skater since the 2009 playoffs (two by Sidney Crosby, two by Evgeni Malkin, one by James Neal and one by Jordan Staal).
  • Derek Stepan, who scored a career-high 22 goals this season, scored a pair of goals for the Rangers in Game 1, after going without a goal over his previous 11 road playoff games.
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New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning goal against the Washington Capitals in overtime at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning goal against the Washington Capitals in overtime at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports Images)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The New York Islanders are one of only four teams who, as of Saturday morning, will have two games remaining on their 2015-16 schedule, as snow forced the postponement of games in Brooklyn and Washington back in January.

The Islanders, after facing the Buffalo Sabres and super-rookie Jack Eichel on Saturday night, will close things out with a grudge match against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, a game that could have huge playoff implications for the Flyers as they chase the final wild card spot in the Eastern conference. In the league's other final game, the Anaheim Ducks will travel to Washington to take on the Capitals.

Tags: Anders Lee, Cal Clutterbuck, Florida Panthers, Jaroslav Halak, Matt Martin, Mikhail Grabovski, Pittsburgh Penguins, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang battle for the puck during the second period at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang battle for the puck during the second period at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

The Pittsburgh Penguins clinched a playoff berth Saturday behind Matt Murray's 23 saves for his first NHL shutout, 5-0 over the New York Islanders on Saturday.

Surging Pittsburgh improved to 45-25-8 with its fifth straight win and has outscored opponents 25-10 in that stretch.

The Penguins made the postseason for the 10th straight year and solidified their grip on second place in the Metropolitan Division. Pittsburgh led the New York Rangers by three points, with the Rangers hosting Buffalo on Saturday night.

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New York Islanders forward John Tavares takes a shot against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders forward John Tavares takes a shot against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders take on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday at Barclays Center at 1 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Penguins have lost three consecutive road games against the Islanders in regulation, after losing just three of their previous 16 road games (11-3-2) against New York in regulation.
  • The Islanders, who have won three straight games, can match their season-long win streaks (three streaks of four games) with a win on Saturday.
  • Since the beginning of February, the Penguins have averaged more than five goals per game (5.06) over their 15 regulation victories. At the same time, Pittsburgh has gone an NHL-best 10-1-0 since March 11.
  • Sidney Crosby, who has now recorded at least one point in 16 of his last 17 games, has averaged 1.75 points per game (93/53) over his career against the Islanders -- the most by any active skater against one team (minimum 12 games).
  • Phil Kessel, who has recorded nine points (four goals, five assists) over his last four games, has now scored at least 25 goals in each of his last three seasons, and for the seventh time in his NHL career.
  • John Tavares, whose next goal will give him back-to-back 30-goal seasons for the first time in his NHL career, has recorded at least one point in each of his last six home games against the Penguins.
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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Sidney Crosby scored on a deflection at 4:30 of overtime and the surging Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 3-2 Sunday night in a potential first-round playoff preview.

Matt Cullen and Phil Kessel also scored for the Penguins, who have won eight of nine. Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves.

Eric Staal scored twice for New York, which had won three straight. Kevin Hayes and Jesper Fast assisted on both of Staal's goals. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 29 shots.

Tags: Derick Brassard, Eric Staal, Henrik Lundqvist, Jesper Fast, Kevin Hayes, Pittsburgh Penguins
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Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath is upended by the Penguins' Tom Kuhnhackl. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath is upended by the Penguins' Tom Kuhnhackl. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Box score

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist each scored in the final 2:13 of the second period, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Malkin added two assists and Phil Kessel scored into an empty net for the Penguins, who frustrated Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist midway through the second and chased him with a three-goal flurry at the end of the period.

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New Jersey Devils right wing Lee Stempniak (20) scores against the Winnipeg Jets, his former team during the first period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. (Bruce Fedyck)
New Jersey Devils right wing Lee Stempniak (20) scores against the Winnipeg Jets, his former team during the first period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. (Bruce Fedyck)

The All-Star break might not be coming at the best time for the New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins.

The surprising Devils try for a season-high fifth straight win Tuesday night as they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins, who appear to be finding their footing of late as the teams close out their pre-All-Star schedules.

New Jersey (25-19-5) has put a 1-5-0 stretch in the past in impressive fashion and can win five in a row for the first time since Feb. 3-10, 2013. Lee Stempniak scored twice against his former team and Cory Schneider made 22 saves in Saturday's 3-1 victory over Winnipeg, which improved the club to 14-9-2 on the road.

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New York Islanders left wing Nikolay Kulemin skates for a loose puck during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USATSI)
New York Islanders left wing Nikolay Kulemin skates for a loose puck during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USATSI)

The Islanders travel to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins on Saturday at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Islanders and Penguins meet for the first time this season. The Isles won the last four matchups between the teams in 2014-15. They are seeking their first five-game winning streak against the Penguins since 1986.
  • The Penguins tied a season high with five goals in their New Year's Eve win over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Through December 31 last season, the Penguins scored six goals or more in a game three times.
  • Thursday's win in Detroit was just Pittsburgh's second victory this season in the second game of a back-to-back. They were just 1-5-1 in those games entering their New Year's Eve contest.
  • Kris Letang scored two goals against the Red Wings on Thursday after recording just one in his previous 27 games played this season. It was his first multi-goal game since December 13, 2014 at Columbus.
  • Nikolay Kulemin extended his goal streak to three games with a third period goal that secured the Isles' 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. Brock Nelson has the longest goal streak by an Islander player this season with four games.
  • The Islanders have the most improved penalty kill percentage in the NHL from last season to this season -- going from 78.0 87.3 percent. They are currently ranked second in the NHL in penalty kill percentage, behind only Anaheim (88.0).
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The Rangers were 3 for 20 in their first round series against the Penguins, scoring all three goals at MSG.

Asked about the PP before game five, Scott Arniel said that the focus of the power play is "puck movement and motion." (Daily News)

Rick Nash said that the Rangers PP needs to focus on getting a shot in the first 10 seconds of the PP. (Daily News)

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Henrik Lundqvist said that finishing the Penguins in five is "huge" and allows guys who are banged up, like "Kleiner," a few more days before playing again. (MSG)

He added, while speaking with John Giannone, "It will be good to us to get a breather, we are not used to this, it?s a great opportunity rest and recharge for the next one."

Marc Staal said that the Rangers aren't used to having much of a break between series but "it's definitely a nice change of pace." (MSG)

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Carl Hagelin told the Norwegian press last night that his game winning goal that put the Rangers in the second round was for Mats Zuccarello who was injured earlier in the game. (VG) (Nettavisen)

Hagelin said that he and Derick Brassard were talking about how they felt bad Zuccarello couldn't be there at the end and that the game winning goal was for him. He said that he hopes to see Zuccarello in the next game. (VG) (Nettavisen)

Zuccarello took a puck to the side of the head in the first period and did not return. Alain Vigneault didn't have much of an update after the game.

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Kevin Hayes passed the Broadway Hat to Carl Hagelin following the Rangers OT win over the Penguins sand said:

"Great game guys, Mac, Step, Brass, Dom (someone else says 'everybody'), Hanky great game but this one is going to Hags. (Big cheers)

(Someone calls him 'Carlos' and then 'Carlos Hagelin')

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Hagelin spoke with John Giannone and said:

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After two periods the Rangers had 19 shots on goal and 37 shot attempts while the Penguins had 11 shots on goal and 25 shot attempts. (Hockey Stats)

In the third period though the Penguins out-shot the Rangers 13-7 and out attempted them 30 to 10.

The Penguins had 8 shots attempts in the last 5:30 or so and 15 in the last 10 minutes while trapping the Rangers in their zone for most of the time. (Hockey Stats)

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4/22/15 |3:47PM: Lundqvist said on Wednesday that that he sometimes plays better when he gets annoyed by people around the crease. He said again that he expects the Penguins to play like this and that "it is what it is." (Ranger Rants)

4/21/15 | 12:17PM: Alain Vigneault said last night that he isn't going to comment on the officials and that he has pointed out how the Penguins are going into Lundqvist. (MSG)

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Pierre McGuire was on TSN1050 this morning and spoke about the Rangers Game 3 win over the Penguins:

Pierre said, "give the Rangers a lot of credit, especially their defensemen. Marc Staal, Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi, Dan Boyle, those guys played extremely well, extremely, extremely well. The depth players for the Rangers, Dominic Moore, Carl Hagelin, their speed was omnipresent."

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Derick Brassard said that the guys on the bench notice the effort from the Rangers fourth line and last night they were strong on the forecheck, threw their bodies around and provided momentum.

  • Tanner Glass had 6 hits in 9:38 and when he was on the ice against Sidney Crosby, the Rangers had four shot attempts to the Penguins one. (Natural Stat Trick)
  • Jesper Fast played 12:12 and had three hits
  • Dominic Moore played 16:01, had two hits and had five shifts in the final 10 minutes.

Brassard added that the fourth line "did a good job tonight."

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In speaking with John Giannone on the bench before the game, Derick Brassard said that the Rangers needed to show more "will" in game three and perform better than they did in game two.

After the game, Brassard told Giannone that the Rangers played their "A" game which is something that they talked about before the game. He said that the Rangers played last night like they did the whole season, competed hard, outplayed the Penguins, blocked shots and put fort ha "real solid effort."

Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers had a good compete level in the first two periods. He told Sam Rosen before the game that compete level is not something that he feels he needs to address with his players at this time of year.

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Ryan McDonagh passed the Broadway Hat to Dan Girardi after last night's win and said (NHL):

"All right boys, way to respond, that is how we have to play, all 60 minutes from here on out. This is going to my partner fiver, a couple of apples some blocked shots (Big cheers from the room)."

After putting on the hat, Girardi joked that he "never gets the hat."

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Eddie Olczyk was on the radio with Michael Kay and Don La Greca this afternoon and said that while he still considers the Rangers the team to beat, the pressure is on and they need to play better.

Eddie said that the Rangers have not played up to the level they showed they could in the regular season, besides the first period of game one, and that the Penguins have "out-defended" the Rangers so far.

He said that he isn't panicking when it comes to the Rangers power play and that he thought they had the right idea on Saturday but lacked in execution.

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12:22PM: Yandle WILL play tonight according to Alain Vigneault. (NYR)

12:06PM: Ryan McDonagh says that he thinks Yandle is under the weather. (Cyrgalis)

11:51AM: Keith Yandle is not on the ice at the Rangers morning skate this morning. (Brooks)

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Through two games the Rangers lead the Penguins in giveaways by a margin of 24 to 11.

Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers repeatedly had turnovers on Saturday because their "stubborn streak" of refusing to make simple plays. (NY Post)

Ryan McDonagh said that the Rangers were turning the puck over too much in game two and were trying for stretch passes that weren't there. He said that the Rangers need to play closer together and make short passes to move up the ice. (NY Post)

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The Rangers set a franchise record with a road record of 28-11-2 this season and Ryan McDonagh said that the team has a bit of an "us-against-the-building mentality." (Newsday)

McDonagh said that having that kind of mentality allows the players to stick together and go through some "ups and downs" better. (Newsday)

He said that the Rangers don't change the way they play when they are on the road. (Daily News)

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Derek Stepan said on Saturday that the Rangers have "dipped" in the second period of both games against the Penguins so far. (NY Post)

He said that the Rangers haven't been able to handle the Penguins surges in the second period and that can't happen during the playoffs. (NY Post)

In the second period the Penguins have outscored the Rangers 4-0. The Rangers and Penguins are equal in 5 on 5 shot attempts in the second periods with 23.

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The Rangers had 26 shots on goal last night but only 10 came at 5 on 5. (Hockey Stats)

The Rangers had:

  • First Period: 3 shots on goal and 2 at 5 on 5
  • Second Period: 10 shots on goal and 5 at 5 on 5
  • Third Period: 13 shots on goal and 3 at 5 on 5.
The Rangers had 62 shot attempts in the game but only 30 attempts at 5 on 5.

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Following the Rangers win over the Penguins on Thursday, Alain Vigneault said "whistle to whistle" four times in reference to some of the tactics that Pittsburgh were trying to employ.

 

Vigneault said that the Penguins are trying to get under the Rangers skin and "get some stuff going" after a play but the Rangers won't get involved.

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Pre game part 2

Posted by SNY Rangers Blog on Thursday, April 16, 2015

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Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet says that the Pens need to "antagonize" the Rangers and that if Rick Nash is on the ice "you make sure you hit him, take a piece of him." (Trib)

Tocchet said that the Rangers are going to do the same to Sidney Crosby and that Crosby deals wit hit all year. (Trib)

He added, "we have to have the mentality to go after their best players. Disciplined, obviously. I'm not saying head-hunting. None of that. But you have to go after their players.? (Trib)

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