PITTSBURGH Penguins outlast N.Y. in OT
They snapped a five-game home winless streak against the Islanders.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Martin Straka scored 42 seconds into overtime, lifting the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday night.
A long pass by Pittsburgh defenseman Marc Bergevin created a two-on-one for Straka and defenseman Michal Rozsival, with Straka's shot from the bottom of the left wing circle barely trickling past goalie Garth Snow.
It was Straka's first overtime goal in 501 career regular-season games with the Penguins, who won in overtime for the first time this season (1-5-3) and snapped a five-game home winless streak against New York.
New York's Mark Parrish and Arron Asham scored goals three and a half minutes apart late in the second period to forge the 2-2 tie. The loss snapped the Islanders' five-game winning streak and left them two points behind Pittsburgh in the Atlantic Division.
Parrish began the New York comeback with his fourth goal in two games, deflecting Kenny Jonsson's wrist shot past goalie Johan Hedberg on a power play with 4:26 left on the second period. The power play was created by a high-sticking penalty to Hedberg.
Asham tied it with 1:02 left in the second period when he drove to the goal on the left wing and converted Michael Peca's pass for his sixth goal of the season.
The Penguins took a 2-0 lead in the first period, chasing New York starter Chris Osgood from the goal.
Mario Lemieux scored his first goal in five games and 19th of the season at 8:29 when he sneaked behind Asham in the left wing circle to convert Alexei Kovalev's pass.
Rookie Michal Sivek made it 2-0 with 25 seconds to play in the period when he stopped Roman Hamrlik's clearing attempt at the left point, cut to the bottom of the left circle and beat Osgood with a backhander. Osgood, who had allowed just six goals in his last five starts, was replaced by Snow to start the second period.
The last time New York won six consecutive games was December 1993. . . The Islanders have killed 25 consecutive penalties. . . Lemieux has three goals in three games against the Islanders this season and 125 points in 67 career games against New York. . . Defenseman Adrian Aucoin had two assists for the Islanders. . . Snow made his first appearance since Dec. 14. . . Pittsburgh defenseman Dick Tarnstrom, playing just his third game after returning from a broken foot, left the game early in the second period with a strained hamstring.