Another shutout for the Penguins extends win streak to five
PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) The New York Islanders’ UBS Arena wasn’t having a Black Friday sale on goals, but the Pittsburgh Penguins managed to collect another victory on Long Island.
The Penguins win 1-0 over the Islanders and Tristan Jarry picks up his third shutout in five games.
Just prior to puck drop, Bryan Rust was a late scratch and was filled in by Brian Boyle.
In a post game presser, head coach Mike Sullivan said Rust is being evaluated for a lower-body injury and there is not further information available.
Rust’s linemate Jake Guentzel said that Rust fell during pregame warmups and that could be behind the late scratch.
The Penguins attacked heavy early, ending a scoreless first period doubling the Isles in shots 12-6.
Islanders goalie Ilya Sorokin had a couple of great saves, and he would get a few more through the rest of the game.
Over half way through the game, there was no goals or penalties between the two rivals.
The Penguins and Islanders have both struggled on the power play this season; The Penguins went into their previous game with the league’s worst power play percentage, the Islanders took over that spot heading into this game.
The Penguins do, however, have the league’s top penalty kill.
Kasperi Kapanen, who again hit a goal drought, scored the games only goal in the second period, his fifth of the season.
As tensions rose in the third period, the Islanders and their “Identity Line” tried but failed to beat up on Jarry and the Penguins; They also failed to score a goal.
Jarry made 25 saves collecting his third shutout in five games, stopping 141 saves on the last 143 shots he’s seen.
The Islanders and the Identity Line have now lost eight in a row, still winless in their new arena.
The Penguins on the other hand, now sitting on a five game win streak return home to host the also very bad Montreal Canadiens.