Islanders beat Penguins 4-3 in OT, point streak at 16

NEW YORK (AP) Brock Nelson came through in overtime again for the New York Islanders.

Nelson scored his second goal of the game at 4:16 of the extra period, lifting the Islanders to a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night to extend their point streak to a franchise-record 16 games.

Nelson, who also scored the overtime winner at Pittsburgh two nights earlier, got a pass from Mathew Barzal on the left side on a rush, cut across the front of a goal to avoid a defender and draw goalie Matt Murray out of position, and then backhanded it into the right side for his eighth.

''Good win by us, sticking with it. It was nice to get the win in overtime,'' said the 28-year-old Nelson, a 2010 first-round draft pick who was playing his 500th NHL game. ''We've won a number of different ways now on this run.''

Anthony Beauvillier had a goal and an assist, Scott Mayfield also scored, and Barzal had two assists to help the Islanders - who haven't lost in regulation since Oct. 11 - improve to 15-0-1 during their streak while winning their fifth straight since an overtime loss to the Penguins here on Nov. 7.

New York had earned points in 15 straight games three times previously, the last during a franchise-record 15-game win streak in the 1981-82 season - before overtime or shootouts. That win streak came during the heyday of their run of four straight Stanley Cup titles from 1980-83.

Thomas Greiss stopped 23 shots for his eighth straight win - all coming during the Islanders' streak - and ninth of the season.

''This team comes to work, comes to compete every night,'' Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. ''We understand the importance of the right way to play.''

Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist, and Brian Rust and Patric Hornqvist also scored for the Penguins. Murray finished with 20 saves.

Nelson gave the Islanders a 3-2 lead with 4:52 left in the third, scoring off a faceoff just 4 seconds after Pittsburgh's Sam Lafferty was sent off for tripping Beauvillier.

''We have a special group of guys in here,'' added Nelson, who has four goals and five assists in a five-game points streak. ''We have a lot of belief and confidence in everybody and we are finding ways to win.''

With Murray pulled for an extra skater, Hornqvist scored his sixth to tie it with 30 seconds remaining in regulation.

The Penguins outshot the Islanders 8-5 in the opening period and had a 10-9 advantage in the second. The Islanders had a 9-8 edge in the third and had the only shot in overtime - Nelson's winner.

Malkin had opened the scoring for the Penguins at 1:04 of the first with his fourth. He now has 30 goals and 48 assists in his career against the Islanders.

Only injured teammate Sidney Crosby has more points among active players against the Islanders with 113. Crosby missed his fifth game since having surgery to repair a core muscle injury. The Penguins captain is expected to be absent from the lineup for six weeks.

Mayfield tied it with 4:48 left in the first on a slap shot from the point that eluded Murray. Mayfield's third of the season.

Rust put the Penguins ahead 2-1 at 1:09 of the second with his eighth of the season and fourth against Islanders in three games. Rust has all of his eight goals plus four assists over the last 11 games. He also scored the overtime winner at Barclays Center two weeks ago, when the Penguins beat the Islanders 4-3.

The Penguins are 3-1-3 in their last seven contests, including the two overtime defeats to the Islanders this week.

''It's hard when you give up two power-play goals,'' Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. ''It makes it hard to win.''

Beauvillier tied it at 2 with a power-play goal with 8:22 left in the middle period. He scored from a sharp angle along the left boards for his eighth and extended his goal-scoring streak to four games, with six in that stretch.

Derick Brassard, who had an assist on the play, has nine points over the last five games with a goal and eight assists.

The Islanders had rallied from 4-2 third-period deficit on Tuesday to beat Penguins 5-4 with Nelson's overtime heroics. He repeated recent history before a crowd of 13,212 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn before the Islanders head out for a three-game road trip to California.

''We find ways to win, with lots of character, lots of leadership,'' Beauvillier said. ''We focus on the process and when it's time for overtime, we just want to get it done. That's what we did again tonight.''

NOTES: The Penguins hadn't allowed a power-play goal in 10 games coming in. ... The teams meet again on March 15 at Pittsburgh. ... Islanders F Matt Martin returned after missing nine games with a lower-body injury . Hornqvist returned after missing seven games. ... Barzal, who leads the Islanders with 20 points, has nine goals and 10 assists during the team's 16-game streak.

UP NEXT:

Islanders: At San Jose on Saturday night.

Penguins: Host New Jersey on Friday night.

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123OTT
PIT11-7-4
11103
NYI16-3-1
11114
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
Z. Aston-Reese LW00-110/0210:101
T. Blueger C00-119/5013:511
B. Dumoulin D01200/0025:581
A. Galchenyuk LW00020/0010:100
J. Guentzel LW01310/0421:204
P. Hornqvist RW10110/0015:274
J. Johnson D00020/0016:522
D. Kahun LW00020/0014:490
S. Lafferty RW00012/2208:460
E. Malkin C112610/11221:111
J. Marino D01100/0022:560
J. McCann C00024/10016:212
M. Pettersson D00-110/0221:083
C. Ruhwedel D00000/0213:262
B. Rust RW10130/0021:442
D. Simon RW00023/6010:221
B. Tanev RW00000/0015:042
Z. Trotman D00010/0019:002
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
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M. Barzal C03106/7021:460
A. Beauvillier LW11-120/0021:322
J. Boychuk D00000/0015:514
D. Brassard C01-110/0016:015
C. Cizikas C000011/11015:291
C. Clutterbuck RW00000/0009:455
M. Dal Colle LW00020/0012:013
J. Eberle RW00000/0018:200
O. Koivula LW00001/3007:130
N. Leddy D00000/0022:212
A. Lee LW00041/2417:548
M. Martin LW00000/0007:154
S. Mayfield D10020/0021:091
B. Nelson C20-1512/5221:151
A. Pelech D00-310/0218:441
R. Pulock D01-240/0024:250
D. Toews D00220/0015:591
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Murray (L)244200.83363:04
GOALIESSA
M. Murray (L)24
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
T. Greiss (W)263230.88564:16
GOALIESSA
T. Greiss (W)26
GOAL Brock Nelson (Backhand shot), Assist: Mathew Barzal
PIT:GoalsShots
NYI:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • OVERTIME
    • NYI
      04:16GOAL Brock Nelson (Backhand shot), Assist: Mathew Barzal
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • PIT
      19:30GOAL Patric Hornqvist (Wrist shot), Assists: Evgeni Malkin and Brian Dumoulin
    • NYI
      15:08(PP) GOAL Brock Nelson (Snap shot), Assists: Anthony Beauvillier and Mathew Barzal
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • NYI
      11:38(PP) GOAL Anthony Beauvillier (Wrist shot), Assists: Derick Brassard and Ryan Pulock
    • PIT
      01:09GOAL Bryan Rust (Slap shot)
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • NYI
      15:12GOAL Scott Mayfield (Wrist shot), Assist: Mathew Barzal
    • PIT
      01:04GOAL Evgeni Malkin (Wrist shot), Assists: Jake Guentzel and John Marino
PENALTIES
    • 3RD PERIOD
      • PIT
        17:42Zach Aston-Reese penalty Roughing - 2 min.
      • NYI
        17:42Anders Lee penalty Roughing - 2 min.
      • PIT
        15:04Sam Lafferty penalty Tripping - 2 min.
      • NYI
        09:27Brock Nelson penalty Interference - 2 min.
      • PIT
        09:08Teddy Blueger penalty Face-Off Interference - 2 min.
    • 2ND PERIOD
      • NYI
        17:46Anders Lee penalty Tripping - 2 min.
      • PIT
        15:26Evgeni Malkin penalty Slashing - 2 min.
      • PIT
        08:35Jake Guentzel penalty Roughing - 2 min.
      • PIT
        08:35Jake Guentzel penalty Unsportsmanlike Conduct - 2 min.
    • 1ST PERIOD
      • PIT
        10:55Marcus Pettersson penalty High Sticking - 2 min.
      • PIT
        08:28Chad Ruhwedel penalty Holding - 2 min.
      • NYI
        01:30Adam Pelech penalty High Sticking - 2 min.
    TEAM STATS
    PIT
    NYI
    Shots on Goal2624
    Goals in Power Play02
    Faceoff Wins2834
    Penalties84
    Major Penalties00
    Minor Penalties84
    Misconducts00
    TEAM STATS
    PIT
    Shots on Goal26
    Goals in Power Play0
    Faceoff Wins28
    Penalties8
    Major Penalties0
    Minor Penalties8
    Misconducts0
    123OTT
    PIT11-7-4
    11103
    NYI16-3-1
    11114
    STARS OF THE GAME
    11.5 %SHOT %16.7 %
    0.833 %SAVE %0.885 %
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    Z. Aston-Reese LW00-110/0210:101
    T. Blueger C00-119/5013:511
    B. Dumoulin D01200/0025:581
    A. Galchenyuk LW00020/0010:100
    J. Guentzel LW01310/0421:204
    P. Hornqvist RW10110/0015:274
    J. Johnson D00020/0016:522
    D. Kahun LW00020/0014:490
    S. Lafferty RW00012/2208:460
    E. Malkin C112610/11221:111
    J. Marino D01100/0022:560
    J. McCann C00024/10016:212
    M. Pettersson D00-110/0221:083
    C. Ruhwedel D00000/0213:262
    B. Rust RW10130/0021:442
    D. Simon RW00023/6010:221
    B. Tanev RW00000/0015:042
    Z. Trotman D00010/0019:002
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Bailey RW00-113/0017:481
    M. Barzal C03106/7021:460
    A. Beauvillier LW11-120/0021:322
    J. Boychuk D00000/0015:514
    D. Brassard C01-110/0016:015
    C. Cizikas C000011/11015:291
    C. Clutterbuck RW00000/0009:455
    M. Dal Colle LW00020/0012:013
    J. Eberle RW00000/0018:200
    O. Koivula LW00001/3007:130
    N. Leddy D00000/0022:212
    A. Lee LW00041/2417:548
    M. Martin LW00000/0007:154
    S. Mayfield D10020/0021:091
    B. Nelson C20-1512/5221:151
    A. Pelech D00-310/0218:441
    R. Pulock D01-240/0024:250
    D. Toews D00220/0015:591
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    M. Murray (L)244200.83363:04
    GOALIESSA
    M. Murray (L)24
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    T. Greiss (W)263230.88564:16
    GOALIESSA
    T. Greiss (W)26
    STARS OF THE GAME
    123OTT
    PIT11-7-4
    11103
    NYI16-3-1
    11114
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    Z. Aston-Reese LW00-110/0210:101
    T. Blueger C00-119/5013:511
    B. Dumoulin D01200/0025:581
    A. Galchenyuk LW00020/0010:100
    J. Guentzel LW01310/0421:204
    P. Hornqvist RW10110/0015:274
    J. Johnson D00020/0016:522
    D. Kahun LW00020/0014:490
    S. Lafferty RW00012/2208:460
    E. Malkin C112610/11221:111
    J. Marino D01100/0022:560
    J. McCann C00024/10016:212
    M. Pettersson D00-110/0221:083
    C. Ruhwedel D00000/0213:262
    B. Rust RW10130/0021:442
    D. Simon RW00023/6010:221
    B. Tanev RW00000/0015:042
    Z. Trotman D00010/0019:002
    Total3402628/3416-28
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Bailey RW00-113/0017:481
    M. Barzal C03106/7021:460
    A. Beauvillier LW11-120/0021:322
    J. Boychuk D00000/0015:514
    D. Brassard C01-110/0016:015
    C. Cizikas C000011/11015:291
    C. Clutterbuck RW00000/0009:455
    M. Dal Colle LW00020/0012:013
    J. Eberle RW00000/0018:200
    O. Koivula LW00001/3007:130
    N. Leddy D00000/0022:212
    A. Lee LW00041/2417:548
    M. Martin LW00000/0007:154
    S. Mayfield D10020/0021:091
    B. Nelson C20-1512/5221:151
    A. Pelech D00-310/0218:441
    R. Pulock D01-240/0024:250
    D. Toews D00220/0015:591
    Total4602434/288-39
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    M. Murray (L)244200.83363:04
    GOALIESSA
    M. Murray (L)24
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    T. Greiss (W)263230.88564:16
    GOALIESSA
    T. Greiss (W)26
    GOALS
    • OVERTIME
    • 3RD PERIOD
    • 2ND PERIOD
    • 1ST PERIOD
    PENALTIES
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD
      • OVERTIME
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD

      123OTT
      PIT11-7-4
      11103
      NYI16-3-1
      11114
      TEAM STATS
      3.89
      GF AVG
      3.06
      GA AVG
      .56
      Power Play
      3.21
      GF AVG
      2.42
      GA AVG
      .42
      Power Play
      All times are US/Eastern.