Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders Game 6: Live Score, Updates, Analysis
Game 6 between the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins is over, and Brooks Orpik is the hero. The Pens win this series 4-2 and are headed to a second-round date with the Ottawa Senators.
New York secured leads three different times in this game and failed to hold on to it each and every time. That left the door open for Orpik to score in overtime, despite the Islanders badly outplaying the Penguins Saturday night.
With five minutes remaining, it looked like the Islanders were going to force a Game 7 with a dominating performance, but Evgeni Malkin fed a pass to Paul Martin, who ripped a slop shot off of a New York stick and into the net, sending the game to overtime.
FINAL: Pittsburgh Penguins 4, New York Islanders 3
Penguins stole one here tonight. They played hard and matched the Islanders and their compeate level for all of 10 minutes and still won the game.
New York can rest easy knowing they just pushed a Stanley Cup-favorite team to Game 6 overtime.
Next up for Pittsburgh are the Ottawa Senators—a team very similar to the Islanders, except with an All-Word netminder.
Should be an interesting series.
BROOKS ORPIK SCORES.
Penguins win the game and the series, 4-2.
Tavares has a special kind of hockey IQ. He finds guys out of nowhere.
1st OT 12:19 Pittsburgh Penguins - 3 New York Islanders - 3
Grabner just missed on a wrap-around stuff attempt. Islanders are getting some crazy chances right now. That's the third odd chance they've had.
1st OT 14:10 Pittsburgh Penguins - 3 New York Islanders - 3
Penguins coughed the puck up behind their own net, Islanders counter with a great chance. Vokoun up to the task.
1st OT 16:154 Pittsburgh Penguins - 3 New York Islanders - 3
Both teams with conservative starts. Neither looking to make a mistake early.
Worth of note: if the Islanders win here they get on a plane tonight and head to Pittsburgh for a game tomorrow.
1st OT 17:31 Pittsburgh Penguins - 3 New York Islanders - 3
Orpik is such a rock for the Penguins. He plays in the shadows of some great players so he doesn't get a lot of press, but he doesn't mess up often.
1st OT Pittsburgh Penguins - 3 New York Islanders - 3
OT is underway.
Does Crosby really not have a playoff OT goal? Wow. He's due.
It seems like a long time ago, but the guys in the NBCSN studios bring up a good point in mentioning that the Penguins have already used their timeout in this game.
About 80 seconds into the first period to be exact.
If the Penguins continue to push like they did at the end of the third, this OT could be short.
Islanders owned this game for about 55 minutes tonight, but all they have to show for it is an OT showdown to stay alive.
Two Hart trophy nominees doing battle in a possibly series-deciding overtime period? More of that, please.
This one is heading to overtime.
One minute left and the Pens are still pressing.
Penguins appear engaged for the first time in this game. Finally maintaining some pressure on the Islanders.
3rd Period 2:26 Pittsburgh Penguins - 3 New York Islanders - 3
Malkin is "awake" according to the announcers.
After taking most of the game off he is kicking it into high gear—that's my translation.
3rd Period 3:21 Pittsburgh Penguins - 3 New York Islanders - 3
Paul Martin with a massive shot. Rips it in off the post. Hit an Islander stick and went up and over Nabokov's shoulder.
3rd Period 4:55 Pittsburgh Penguins - 3 New York Islanders - 3
Shots are 4-4 in the third.
3rd Period 6:37 Pittsburgh Penguins - 2 New York Islanders - 3
Crosby double-shifting here late in the third.
No surprise here. Isles clear the zone, Penguins come back quickly but they are offsides again.
Pittsburgh's top guys have been guilty of that a lot tonight. They seem rattled a bit and still don't know how to handle New York's left wing lock/forecheck combo.
3rd Period 7:16 Pittsburgh Penguins - 2 New York Islanders - 3
Matt Martin gets a huge roar out of the hometown crowd by taking down a Penguin or two. He's been a physical wrecking ball as usual.
Great to see this knowledgeable crowd giving it up for him.
3rd Period 8:37 Pittsburgh Penguins - 2 New York Islanders - 3
Nabokov with a massive save on Iginla. Not massive by some other goaltender's standards, but he's given some of those up in this series.
He needs to stay strong. Ten minutes.
Penguins only have two shots through the first ten minutes of this period.
3rd Period 10:44 Pittsburgh Penguins - 2 New York Islanders - 3
Isles are not sitting back and trying to turtle. They are just as aggressive now as they were to start the second.
Okposo has looked steady in the third—much more noticeable than the first two periods.
3rd Period 12:07 Pittsburgh Penguins - 2 New York Islanders - 3
Weird inkling here that Grabner's goal won't be the game winner.
3rd Period 13:47 Pittsburgh Penguins - 2 New York Islanders - 3
Nabokov's time to shine.
He needs to be real, real good the rest of the way.
3rd Period 15:43 Pittsburgh Penguins - 2 New York Islanders - 3
Islanders score on a bad turnover by the Penguins.
It's Grabner on the goal. New York is going nuts.
There was a letdown because Pittsburgh thought the Vokoun had the puck frozen, but he lost it. Keith Aucoin faked a shot and slide the pass to an open Grabner.
3rd Period 18:40 Pittsburgh Penguins - 2 New York Islanders - 3
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