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Penguins 4, Islanders 2

January 7, 1998

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) _ Kevin Hatcher scored the go-ahead goal on a power play late in the second period Tuesday night and the Pittsburgh Penguins sent the New York Islanders to their eighth straight loss, 4-2.

The Islanders’ skid is their worst since an 11-game losing streak in March 1996.

Hatcher put the Penguins ahead 3-2 with 51.5 seconds left in the second period. His wrist shot from the lower right circle went between the legs of goalie Eric Fichaud.

Stu Barnes, Rob Brown and Jiri Slegr also scored for Pittsburgh. Slegr scored into an empty net with 18.3 seconds left.

Kenny Jonsson and Robert Reichel scored for the Islanders.

New York continued to struggle on the power play, going 0-for-7 against the Penguins, including a two-man advantage for 1:39 in the first period. The Islanders have been blanked in their last 27 consecutive chances, and only have one man-advantage goal in 34 opportunities during the losing streak.

Barnes gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 4:43 of the opening period with his 12th goal this season. While on a power play, Barnes took the rebound of Hatcher’s slap shot and flipped it over Fichaud’s left shoulder.

Jonsson tied the game at 7:21 when he sent a wrist shot past rookie goaltender Peter Skudra.

Pittsburgh took a 2-1 lead at 9:36 of the second period when Brown scored on a slap shot from the right circle.

Reichel tied it at 14:42 when he tipped a straight-on pass from Sergei Nemchinov between Skudra’s pads. That marked the first time New York has scored more than one goal in its last five games.

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