Islanders edge Penguins, end skid at five games

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Anders Lee scored a power-play goal with 2:44 remaining in the third period, and the New York Islanders ended a five-game skid with a 4-3 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday.

Lee broke the tie when he knocked in a rebound of Ryan Pulock‘s slap shot from the left circle after Penguins forward Teddy Blueger was penalized for shooting the puck over the glass.

Jordan Eberle scored twice, and Michael Dal Colle had two assists for the Islanders (4-4-2), who were 0-3-2 in their previous five games. Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves in his 500th NHL game. 

New York was playing its first game since Jan. 31 after they had two home games against the Buffalo Sabres postponed because of COVID-19 concerns.

Jake Guentzel had a goal and an assist, and Pierre-Olivier Joseph and Evgeni Malkin also scored for the Penguins (5-5-1), who have lost four of their past five (1-3-1). Tristan Jarry made 22 saves.

Eberle gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead when he took a pass from Dal Colle at the Penguins blue line and roofed a backhand shot from the bottom of the left circle at 10:22 of the first period. 

Joseph scored his first NHL goal at 13:43 of the first when he took a drop pass from Guentzel and beat Varlamov with a wrist shot from the left circle to tie it 1-1.

Eberle put New York back in front when he stuffed Brock Nelson‘s rebound past Jarry after Dal Colle forced a turnover to make it 2-1 at 15:45 of the first period.

Malkin tied it 2-2 with 16 seconds left in the second period on a wrist shot from the left circle after Nelson and Scott Mayfield failed to clear the puck at the top of the zone.

Guentzel gave the Penguins a 3-2 lead at 3:16 of the third period when he eluded Casey Cizikas in the left circle, took a pass from Crosby and scored on a wrist shot.

Cal Clutterbuck tied it 3-3 at 8:23 when he stuffed Cizikas’ pass from behind the net past Jarry.

Pittsburgh forward Jared McCann did not play after the first period because of an undisclosed injury.

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