Penguins 5, Islanders 3
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) _ Jaromir Jagr triggered a four-goal second period and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied from a 2-0 defecit to a 5-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.
Rookie goalie Patrick Lalime, who is 10-0-1 for the Penguins, stopped 48 shots, including 19 in the first period.
Ron Francis, Kevin Hatcher, Peter Nedved and Stu Barnes also had goals for the Penguins, who are unbeaten in their last nine games (8-0-1). Pittsburgh last lost on Dec. 17, a 6-4 home setback to Boston.
Bryan Berard, former Penguin Bryan Smolinski and Travis Green scored for the Islanders, who lost their fifth straight game. On Dec. 11, New York was one game under .500 but is 2-9 since then. Islanders goalie Tommy Salo stopped 17 shots.
With New York trailing 4-2 in the third period, Green scored at 11:53 on a wrist shot from the top of the right circle, his first goal since Dec. 3. The Penguins iced the game when Barnes scored at 17:12 on a rebound.
The Islanders, who entered the contest with a league-low 99 goals, outshot the Penguins 20-1 in the first period, but keeping to form, only managed to put one puck past Lalime.
Berard grabbed a loose puck along the right point, skated to the top of the circle and fired a 40-foot slap shot that beat Lalime low to the far corner at 8:30.
Salo’s only save came in the first minute, as he sticked aside a left point blast from former teammate Darius Kasparaitis.
After killing a Penguins power play to start the second period, the Islanders took a 2-0 lead at 3:48 when Smolinski’s backhand attempt from the side of the net bounced in off Lalime.
After Pittsburgh had a goal by Joe Dziezic disallowed for being in the crease at 6:12, Jagr got his league-leading 36th goal 35 seconds later. He took the puck at the blue line, moved down the left side, cut across while dancing around two Islanders defensemen and swept a backhand past Salo in the lower left corner.
The Penguins tied it at 12:47 as Francis took a close-in shot. Salo made the save, but the puck popped up in the air and Francis tapped it under the crossbar.
Hatcher scored a power-play goal at 14:20 to give the Penguins a 3-2 lead. He tipped Mario Lemieux’s pass from the left side past Salo.
Nedved scored with 43.3 seconds left in the period on a rebound.