Islanders defeat Penguins in Game 4, even series

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Ilya Sorokin made 29 saves, and the New York Islanders evened the Stanley Cup First Round with a 4-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday.

Sorokin has won his two starts in the best-of-7 series; the rookie made 39 saves in a 4-3 overtime victory in Game 1 before Semyon Varlamov returned from injury and started the next two. Varlamov allowed five goals on 27 shots in Game 3 on Thursday, a 5-4 loss.

Oliver Wahlstrom had a goal and an assist, and Mathew Barzal had two assists for the Islanders, the No. 4 seed in the MassMutual East Division.

Zach Aston-Reese scored, and Tristan Jarry made 23 saves for the Penguins, the No. 1 seed. Sidney Crosby was held without a point for a third straight game and had two shots.

Game 5 is at Pittsburgh on Monday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN1, TVAS2, ATTSN-PT, MSG, MSG+).

Sorokin passed an early test with a stick save on Kasperi Kapanen‘s wrist shot from the right face-off circle at 1:01 of the first period and later got across the crease to deny Crosby near the left post at 5:38 of the second.

Josh Bailey gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead at 8:07 of the second. Brock Nelson seized control of the puck from Crosby in the corner and fed Bailey in the left circle for his second goal of the series.

Ryan Pulock made it 2-0 when his one-timer went off the skate of Penguins defenseman Cody Ceci at 14:52.

Wahlstrom gave New York a 3-0 lead on the power play at 6:04 of the third period when Pittsburgh center Teddy Blueger put the rebound of Wahlstrom’s one-timer from the left circle into his own net. Jordan Eberle scored 24 seconds later off a feed from Barzal for another power-play goal at 6:28 to make it 4-0.

Aston-Reese ended Sorokin’s shutout with 2:35 left when he scored on a rebound of Brian Dumoulin‘s shot for a shorthanded goal and the 4-1 final.

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