Crosby, Jarry lead Penguins to 4-0 win over Islanders

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) reacts after scoring

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) reacts after scoring a idea during a second duration of an NHL hockey diversion as New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak (41) watches Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Photo Credit: AP

NEW YORK – (AP) — Sidney Crosby and a Pittsburgh Penguins bounced behind quick from a unsatisfactory better during home.

Crosby had a idea and 3 assists, Tristan Jarry stopped 31 shots for his second shutout of a deteriorate and Pittsburgh kick a New York Islanders 4-0 Friday night.

Daniel Sprong had dual goals and an assist, Evgeni Malkin also scored and Dominik Simon combined dual assists for a Penguins, who had forsaken 4 of 6 and were entrance off a 4-0 detriment to Carolina on Thursday night.

“We had a discerning turnaround and that was uninformed in a minds. we suspicion we responded well,” Crosby said. “It felt like we were all some-more on a same page. … We knew how critical this diversion was and we came in here and had a clever game.”

The two-time fortifying Stanley Cup champions pulled within one indicate of a Hurricanes for a second furious label in a Eastern Conference.

“As we get closer to a playoffs, a games get tighter and a stakes get higher,” Penguins manager Mike Sullivan said. “We’ve got to have a playoff mindset right now and we suspicion we had that tonight.”

With a Penguins brazen 3-0, Jarry stopped a slap shot by Ryan Pulock dual mins into a third period, and afterwards another try by a brazen from a inside dilemma of a right round 90 seconds later. Jarry also denied a tip by Jordan Eberle a small some-more than 5 1/2 mins in and a try in front by Brock Nelson 20 seconds later.

Jarry, who softened to 7-3-2 with a 2.17 goals-against normal in 14 games this season, was gratified with a approach he played after withdrawal with a wrist damage late in a second duration of a Penguins’ 5-1 win during Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

“I wanted to come behind and have a good game. we consider that helps a lot,” he said. “We had a integrate of guys step adult tonight. … That’s outrageous to get offense via a whole group and have a whole group working.”

Sprong got his second idea with 6 1/2 mins to go, violence Jaroslav Halak in a tip left corner.

Halak finished with 31 saves as a Islanders mislaid their season-high fifth true — all in regulation. They’ve been outscored 25-8 during a skid.

“I’ve been endangered for a few weeks,” New York manager Doug Weight said. “It’s a concerning time. We looked sleepy during times. Jarry played unequivocally well. We have to recharge and get revamped.”

The Islanders mislaid right wing Josh Bailey to a lower-body damage early in a initial duration and he did not return. Bailey leads a group with 38 assists and is tied with captain John Tavares for tops with 50 points.

After a scoreless initial period, a Penguins scored 3 times in a second while outshooting a Islanders 18-8.

Sprong got a Penguins on a scoreboard 41 seconds in as Crosby brought a puck adult a left side and upheld it by shifting Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy to Sprong, who tapped it past Halak for his initial idea in his fourth diversion this season.

“I only saw him go 2-on-1 with me,” Sprong pronounced of Crosby. “I only wanted to go tough to a net and keep my hang on a ice and he put it right on my tape.”

After Pulock was whistled for tripping Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh’s top-ranked energy play took advantage. Malkin got a pass from Crosby during a right faceoff dot and dismissed a one-timer past Halak to make it 2-0 with his 15th during 3:30.

Crosby done it 3-0 with 4:10 left in a center duration as he got a puck on a miscarry off a finish play and put it in off Halak’s left hip from behind a idea line for his 15th.

“We played fast, we generated a lot of shots, a lot of opportunities,” Crosby said. “That’s some-more of a approach we need to play.”

New York had a two-man advantage for 1:16 late in a second, though couldn’t get anything past Jarry on a span of scrambles in close.

Pittsburgh outshot New York 13-8 in a initial period. The Penguins were outshot 7-1 over a initial 9 1/2 mins before picking adult a intensity.

Jarry had a stellar shifting save on an try by Casey Cizikas on an Islanders 3-on-1 mangle with 1 1/2 mins left in a opening period.

NOTES: Islanders partner manager Luke Richardson and his wife, Stephanie, took partial in a rite puck dump on Mental Health Awareness Night. The Richardsons started a Do It For Daron beginning in memory of their daughter, Daron, who committed self-murder in 2010. … The Islanders are 1 for 18 on a energy play over their final 6 games. … Malkin has 6 goals and 11 points in his final 10 games. … Crosby had his initial four-point diversion of a season. … Jarry’s other shutout was a 4-0 win during Buffalo on Dec. 1, when he done 34 saves.


Penguins: Host a Boston Bruins on Sunday.

Islanders: Host a New Jersey Devils on Sunday.


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