Islanders fall to Penguins in OT, ending 10-game winning streak
- The New York Islanders’ 10-game winning streak ended when Bryan Rust scored at 3:25 of overtime in a 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Barclays Center on Thursday.
- It was the second-longest winning streak in Islanders history; they reeled off 15 consecutive victories from Jan. 21-Feb. 20, 1982.
- Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck each scored for a second straight game, and Adam Pelech had a goal and an assist for New York (11-3-1), which was 10-0-0 when scoring at least three goals and 48-2-2 since Barry Trotz became coach at the start of last season. Semyon Varlamov made 35 saves.
“We’ve held a lot of leads over the last two years,” Trotz said. “We got passive and they got a push. … Bad on us. We needed everybody to make sure we did all the right things, get it deep, manage the puck, keep our shifts short, win the battles, races, all that.”
- Rust won it for Pittsburgh when he stole the puck from Brock Nelson behind the Islanders net and beat Varlamov on a wraparound.
“I think all three of us were forechecking hard, just trying to get on them and get sticks on pucks and forecheck, and we were to cause a turnover,” Rust said. “I just took it to the net.”
- McCann started the Penguins rally at 1:38 of the third period with a wrist shot from beyond the right circle that found its way through traffic to make it 3-1.
- Rust extended his point streak to five games at 6:16 with a wrist shot from the right circle to make it 3-2.
- The goal came moments after Murray got his left pad on Anthony Beauvillier’s chance from point-blank range.
- Jared McCann had a goal and two assists for Pittsburgh (9-6-1), which tied the game with three straight goals in the third period. Matt Murray made 20 saves.
- The Penguins outshot the Islanders 26-14 over the second and third periods.
“I give our players a lot of credit,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “Their resilience … to keep fighting and keep pushing in that third period I just think is an indication of the character we have in our room.”
- The Penguins were without defenseman Kris Letang, who sustained a lower-body injury during a 6-4 loss at the Boston Bruins on Monday. …
- Cizikas has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past two games. …
- The Islanders killed both Penguins power plays; their penalty kill is 24-for-25 over the past eight games.
Sources & Credits: Brian Compton / NHL.com, PIT Penguins, NY Islanders
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