Islanders Vs. Penguins: Pens Win Behind Marc-Andre Fleury, 1-0

The Pens are still without their two biggest stars.

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Islanders Vs. Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury Shuts Out New York

Sports Network | January 25, 2011

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots for his second shutout of the season while Craig Adams scored the lone goal as the Pittsburgh Penguins took a 1-0 win over the New York Islanders at CONSOL Energy Center.

Dustin Jeffrey and Arron Asham assisted on the only goal of the contest to help the Penguins win for a fifth time in six games.

Pittsburgh goes into the All-Star break with a record of 31-15-4, good for the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference and second position in the Atlantic Division behind Philadelphia.

The Pens were without the services of star forwards Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Both players will sit out the upcoming All-Star game as Crosby continues his recovery from a concussion while Malkin has a balky knee and sinus infection.

Kevin Poulin was sharp as he stopped 30-of-31 shots, but it was not enough to prevent the Islanders from falling for a seventh time in the past nine games.

“We battled, but there were opportunities to get more pucks to the net,” said New York head coach Jack Capuano. “Kevin Poulin played great for us tonight.”

The ongoing saga between New York and Evgeni Nabokov took another turn on Tuesday as the team suspended the goaltender for not reporting to the club.

Nabokov signed a one-year contract with the Red Wings last Friday, but was then claimed off waivers by the Islanders. However, he has yet to report for the team, which sits second from the bottom in the Eastern Conference.

The game went scoreless for the first 48-plus minutes until Adams scored at the 8:35 mark of the final period to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead.

After a right circle faceoff win, Ben Lovejoy blasted a shot on net from the right point that made it’s way through, but Poulin made the stop. The rebound kicked out to the left side and Asham threw a turnaround shot on net that was stopped, hit off of Jeffrey and went to the slot where Adams snapped it home for his third goal of the year.

Fleury completed the 18th shutout of his career by stopping all 10 shots he faced in the third to help the Pens hang on for the win.

Pittsburgh comes back from the break next Tuesday to face the Rangers in New York…The Islanders host Carolina on Wednesday…The Pens have taken two of three from the Isles this season. New York has dropped 10 straight and 13 of 14 in the Steel City.


Islanders Vs. Penguins: Pens Look To Keep Winning Without Crosby Or Malkin

Sports Network | January 25, 2011


(Sports Network) - Despite missing both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, the Pittsburgh Penguins will aim for a fifth win in six games when they host the New York Islanders tonight at CONSOL Energy Center.

The Penguins have been without Crosby -- the club's captain and leading scorer -- since earlier this month due to a concussion, while Malkin has sat out the last two games after aggravating an injury to his left knee. Malkin is also suffering from a sinus infection.

Pittsburgh confirmed Monday that Crosby, who has sat out the last eight games, will not participate in this weekend's All-Star Game in Raleigh and Tuesday added that Malkin will miss the festivities as well.

"Evgeni Malkin was not out on the ice today and will not be in the game tonight," head coach Dan Bylsma said after Tuesday's practice. "He will also not be going to the All-Star Game this coming week due to the sinus infection, illness - he has symptoms that prevent him from going on the ice at this time."

The Penguins, who are five points behind Philadelphia for first in the Atlantic Division, have won four of their last five games and are coming off Saturday's close victory over visiting Carolina. Pascal Dupuis' short-handed goal proved to be the game-winner, as the Penguins held on to beat the Hurricanes, 3-2.

Dupuis had given the Penguins a 3-0 lead at the 7:28 mark of the third period, but the Hurricanes got goals from Sergei Samsonov and Eric Staal to make a game of it. Samsonov spoiled Marc-Andre Fleury's shutout bid at 15:35 and Staal brought Carolina within one with 57.8 seconds remaining.

Mark Letestu and Dustin Jeffrey also lit the lamp for the Penguins, while Fleury made 24 saves.

Pittsburgh is 16-9-1 as the host this year and will aim for a third straight home win tonight.

The Islanders and Pens have met twice this season and both contests went past regulation. Pittsburgh notched a 3-2 overtime win on home ice on Oct. 15 and New York recorded a 2-1 shootout decision on Dec. 29 at Nassau Coliseum. The Penguins had won five straight and eight of nine in the series before the Isles' win last month.

New York has still lost nine in a row and 12 out of 13 in Pittsburgh. The Isles' last victory in the Steel City came on Dec. 21, 2007 at Mellon Arena, the previous home of the Penguins.

The Islanders, who are just two points ahead of New Jersey for last place in the Atlantic Division and NHL, have lost three of four and six of their last eight games. New York split a home-and-home with the Sabres this weekend, posting a 5-2 victory in Buffalo on Friday and dropping a 5-3 decision Sunday on Long Island.

Tyler Myers and Nathan Gerbe each registered a goal and an assist in the third period to lift the Sabres to Sunday's win at Nassau Coliseum. Matt Moulson tallied twice and Jack Hillen scored once for the Islanders. Rick DiPietro made 18 saves in defeat.

"I thought we played hard. We had a couple of mistakes that wound up in the back of our net, so it's a tough one to swallow," Moulson said.

Michael Grabner posted an assist in Sunday's loss and has five goals and two helpers during a six-game point streak.

The Islanders have won four of their last six road games, but are still just 7-14-3 as the visiting club this season.

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