Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Kyle Okposo scored the game winner in the
shootout to lift the New York Islanders to a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh
Penguins in a thrilling back-and-forth affair.
After each of the first two shooters missed, Sidney Crosby cut across the slot
from the left side, made a head fake and roofed a backhander over Chad
Johnson, but Frans Nielsen answered back on a similar move for the Islanders.
Okposo followed a Brandon Sutter miss with a backhand-forehand move past Marc-
Andre Fleury to seal the win.
Ryan Strome had a goal and two assists, while Nick Leddy, Matt Martin and
Nikolay Kulemin also scored for the Isles, who have won seven of their
last eight games and crept within two points of first-place Pittsburgh in the
Johnson stopped 26-of-30 shots in the victory.
Nick Spaling, Blake Comeau, and Sutter lit the lamp, Patric Hornqvist tallied
a goal and an assist and Evgeni Malkin supplied two helpers for the Penguins,
who entered the game with wins in 10 of their last 11 games.
Fleury made 31 saves in defeat.