March 27, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (left) and Pittsburgh Penguins center Jordan Staal (11) face-off against each other during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The New York Islanders won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Penguins Vs. Islanders: Pens Go Down 5-3

The Pens lost at home to the Islanders on Tuesday. On Thursday night by a score of 5-3. On Thursday night, the Penguins once again lost to the Islanders 5-3.

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Penguins Vs. Islanders Final Score: Pittsburgh Goes Down 5-3, Again

The Pittsburgh Penguins were trying to rebound from a 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders and trailed 3-1 heading into the final period of the game, only to once again go down to the Islanders by a score of... 5-3. Early in the third period, Kyle Okposo picked up a goal for New York to push their lead to 4-1. Pittsburgh was able to answer quickly however, as the Pens picked up goals from Jordan Staal and Evgeni Malkin to put the game at 4-3.

New York was able to finally put the game out of reach late in the third period though, with an unassisted empty net goal by Josh Bailey with just seconds left on the clock. The Penguins went down early and even lost Sidney Crosby in the third period due to a puck to the face, but they were able to rally in the third period, only to have it fall short.

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VIDEO: Sidney Crosby Takes A Puck To The Face

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby came back from dealing with a concussion, but late in the third period of the Penguins matchup with the New York Islanders Crosby was hit in the face with a puck right after a face off, leaving a pool of blood in the ice.

As you can see, the pick ricocheted right into Crosby's face and he went down clutching his face under his mask as blood covered the ice. The extent of Crosby's injury is unknown, but "The Kid" has dealt with quite a bit this past two seasons and this isn't something he wanted to deal with, especially with concussion issues. Crosby stepped in front of the puck to block and attempt to clear and just took one right in the face. It's doubtful that shot will cause Crosby concussion problems, but you don't want to take blows to the head at all when you've been dealing with them.

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Penguins Vs. Islanders Score Update: Pittsburgh Trails 3-1 Heading Into Third Period

The Pittsburgh Penguins entered Thursday night's matchup with the New York Islanders hoping to get some revenge for a 5-3 loss on Tuesday night, but after two periods of play the Penguins trail the Islanders 3-1. New York struck first, as Marty Reasoner picked up his first goal of the season in the first period, assisted by Mark Streit and Josh Bailey.

Pittsburgh was able to tie the game in the middle of the second period however, thanks to a shorthanded goal by Pascal Dupuis, but the Islanders came roaring back before the close of the period. The Penguins surrendered two more goals in the second period, one to Kyle Okposo on a power play goal and one to Josh Bailey on a shorthanded goal. The Penguins have had more shots on goal than the Islanders, but Marc-Andre Fleury has had a rough night so far, giving up three goals already.

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Brad Thiessen Reassigned To Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Pittsburgh Penguins backup goalie Brad Thiessen has been reassigned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the American Hockey League, the team announced on Thursday ahead of the game between the Penguins and the New York Islanders. Brent Johnson will return to the bench to back up Marc-Andre Fleury for the game.

Thiessen was 3-1-0 in his four starts with the Penguins, but those wins had a lot to do with the offense in front of him. He had a GAA of 3.72 and a save percentage of .858 in his time in the NHL. To be fair to Thiessen, the defense in front of him has been poor without Matt Niskanen. In the Penguins' last game against the Islanders, on Tuesday, Thiessen replaced Fleury after the starter allowed five goals. He stopped all seven shots he faced in the 5-3 loss.

It's been a rough season for Johnson, who has been out with an undisclosed injury. He's 3-7-2 with a 3.17 GAA and a save percentage of .882. He last appeared in a game on February 19, replacing Fleury in a 6-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. He last made a start on February 12.

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Penguins Vs. Islanders: Pens Seek To Rebound In Rematch

The Pens lost at home to the Islanders on Tuesday. On Thursday night, they'll get another shot at them.

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