NEW YORK — Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins bounced again shortly from a disappointing defeat at residence.
Crosby had a objective and three assists, Tristan Jarry stopped 31 photographs for his second shutout of the season and Pittsburgh beat the New York Islanders Four-Zero Friday evening.
Daniel Sprong had two targets and an help, Evgeni Malkin additionally scored and Dominik Simon added two assists for the Penguins, who had dropped 4 of six and had been coming off a Four-Zero loss to Carolina on Thursday evening.
“We had a fast turnaround and that was contemporary in our minds. I believed we responded properly,” Crosby stated. “It felt like we had been all extra on the identical web page. … We knew how necessary this sport was and we got here in right here and had a robust sport.”
The 2-time defending Stanley Cup champions pulled inside one level of the Hurricanes for the second wild card within the Japanese Convention.
“As you get nearer to the playoffs, the video games get tighter and the stakes get greater,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan stated. “We have to have a playoff mindset proper now and I believed we had that tonight.”
With the Penguins forward Three-Zero, Jarry stopped a slap shot by Ryan Pulock two minutes into the third interval, after which one other try by the ahead from the within fringe of the best circle 90 seconds later. Jarry additionally denied a tip by Jordan Eberle somewhat greater than 5 half minutes in and a attempt in entrance by Brock Nelson 20 seconds later.
Jarry, who improved to 7-Three-2 with a 2.17 goals-against common in 14 video games this season, was happy with the best way he performed after leaving with a wrist damage late within the second interval of the Penguins’ 5-1 win at Philadelphia on Tuesday evening.
“I needed to return again and have a superb sport. I believe that helps quite a bit,” he stated. “We had a few guys step up tonight. … That is large to get offense all through the entire group and have the entire group working.”
Sprong acquired his second objective with 6 half minutes to go, beating Jaroslav Halak within the prime left nook.
Halak completed with 31 saves because the Islanders misplaced their season-high fifth straight — all in regulation. They have been outscored 25-Eight throughout the skid.
“I have been involved for just a few weeks,” New York coach Doug Weight stated. “It is a regarding time. We seemed drained at occasions. Jarry performed rather well. We now have to recharge and get revamped.”
The Islanders misplaced proper wing Josh Bailey to a lower-body damage early within the first interval and he didn’t return. Bailey leads the group with 38 assists and is tied with captain John Tavares for tops with 50 factors.
After a scoreless first interval, the Penguins scored 3 times within the second whereas outshooting the Islanders 18-Eight.
Sprong acquired the Penguins on the scoreboard 41 seconds in as Crosby introduced the puck up the left facet and handed it by way of sliding Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy to Sprong, who tapped it previous Halak for his first objective in his fourth sport this season.
“I simply noticed him go 2-on-1 with me,” Sprong stated of Crosby. “I simply needed to go exhausting to the web and preserve my stick on the ice and he put it proper on my tape.”
After Pulock was whistled for tripping Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh’s top-ranked energy play took benefit. Malkin acquired a cross from Crosby on the proper faceoff dot and fired a one-timer previous Halak to make it 2-Zero together with his 15th at Three:30.
Crosby made it Three-Zero with Four:10 left within the center interval as he acquired the puck on a rebound off the tip boards and put it in off Halak’s left hip from behind the objective line for his 15th.
“We performed quick, we generated plenty of photographs, plenty of alternatives,” Crosby stated. “That is extra of the best way we have to play.”
New York had a two-man benefit for 1:16 late within the second, however could not get something previous Jarry on a pair of scrambles in shut.
Pittsburgh outshot New York 13-Eight within the first interval. The Penguins had been outshot 7-1 over the primary 9 half minutes earlier than choosing up the depth.
Jarry had a stellar sliding save on an try by Casey Cizikas on an Islanders Three-on-1 break with 1 half minutes left within the opening interval.