A Disappointing Loss, but still Another Point in the Standings

By John Panarese

All of the regulation time goals were scored in the second period, but in the end, the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the New York Islanders 3-2 at 1:51 of overtime on a goal by Alex Goligoski. It was the first win for the Penguins at their new home, the Consol Energy Center, and it was the first point the Isles have earned in Pittsburgh in some 3 years.

The Islanders played a very strong third period, but they only capitalized once on the power play. That was after a hit by Chris Letang on Blake Comeau in the second period in which Letang was given a 5 minute major for a hit to the head and was also ejected from the game. Josh Bailey retaliated and also received a 2 minute minor for roughing, but upon his return, he scored the first goal for New York on the continuing power play. Radek Martinek tied the game a bit later, and there was no further scoring until overtime. Comeau, who was not hurt from his collision with Chris Letang, also had 2 assists in the game.

Overall, both teams did not play their best hockey. Either team did not take advantage of opportunities of several power plays, though the PK for both clubs only gave up 1 goal each, Goligoski’s goal coming with Milan Jurcina sitting out a hook in the extra stanza. To me, both teams were sloppy at times, but, then again, it is still quite early in the season.

So, the Islanders have gotten points out of 3 of their first four games. It would have been nice to have found a way to win last night, but I’ll take the point. John Tavares should make his return tonight, so, hopefully, that will inject some energy for the game against a Colorado Avalanche team that is playing quite well. Though Rick DiPietro played well, I’d expect to see Dwaine Roloson between the pipes for the blue and orange at the NVMC tonight.