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Isles push past Penguins 4-3

Oct 25, 2013, 9:58 PM EDT

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The Pittsburgh Penguins brought a 2-1 lead into the middle of the third period Friday night, but a flurry of goals gave the New York Islanders an eventual 4-3 win.

Frans Nielsen tied things up 2-2 12:46 into the final frame, but Deryk Engelland regained Pittsburgh’s lead 16 seconds later. Pierre-Marc Bouchard made it 3-3 less than a minute after that Engelland tally and that Josh Bailey scored the game-winner with less than two minutes left.

Nielsen is on fire, by the way, with a blistering six points (two goals, four assists) in his last two games. His 14 points in 2013-14 ties him with Steven Stamkos.

The Penguins weren’t the only people stunned after this game, as New York Newsday’s Arthur Staple captures.

The Islanders broke a two-game losing streak while the Penguins find themselves in a two-game losing streak of their own.

  1. Stiller43 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Zatkoff sucks

    • blackandorangeforlife - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      Blaming Zat wont help… Pens had 76 shots with 12 PP’s resulting in 3 goals in the last 2 games….Both losses and you cant blame the goalies for that!

      • blackandorangeforlife - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:17 PM

        Missing the “0-12 on the PP” Stat!

    • jl9830 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      As an Isles fan, hard to blame this one on Zatkoff. He was really good tonight. Maybe Letang should try a little bit with 2 minutes left in a game (go watch a replay of Bailey’s game winner- Letang just gives up).

      • stakex - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:51 PM

        That’s just Letang playing defense….

      • chanceoffleury1 - Oct 26, 2013 at 8:55 AM

        For Letang’s sake I hope he didn’t run into the guy who was sitting next to me after the game. He was a Pens fan, but not a Letang fan to say the least. Goes without saying that he displayed quite the colorful vocabulary after the half a** effort Letang gave on that play.

    • c9castine - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      What game sid you watch because zatkoff made a lot of great saves the pens absolutely blew that game for him

  2. speedstickmusk - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    These Islanders just don’t quit… as a Pens fan, it’s not that they lost to the Isle, who are a really good team… it’s the *way* they lost… tough one to take that way….

  3. Stiller43 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Not sure how? How about theyre playing a goalie who is AT BEST an AHL goalie?

    • stakex - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:49 PM

      Idk, the Pens defense looked pretty terrible on that last goal….

      • bcisleman - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:25 PM

        On all of the 3rd period goals actually. Don’t see how your goalie was to blame for any of those goals.

      • drone501 - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        even though we have lost 3 games, im not impressed with the defense so far.

  4. c1md6 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:15 PM


  5. c1md6 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Couldn’t beat the lowly islanders, orange and black on the rise as the Pitt frauds come back to reality!

    • bcisleman - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      We’ll see who’s “lowly” tmw night.

    • jl9830 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      Lowly? LOL.

    • drone501 - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      i got something that was on the rise this morning and it also went down very quick.

  6. rushledger - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    I know there’s more to the two zatkoff losses than his play but he’s got a 800 and a 840 save percentage in the two games, he’s not helping.

    • jl9830 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      This one isn’t on Zatkoff. This one deserves credit to be given to a resilient Islanders team, and you can throw some blame on Kris Letang for Bailey’s game winner. As Bailey is scoring, you can see him gliding from the corner towards the net. Why is he not in front of the net guarding Nielsen? Why when Okposo feeds Bailey in front is Letang not hustling to get Nielsen?

      • bcisleman - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:28 PM

        Agreed. Watched all third period goals and don’t see Pitt goalie responsible for any of them.

  7. bcisleman - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Nabby responded to cappy’s challenge. The boys did too. Quite a win!

  8. cavafox - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Zatkoff has the mobility of a beached whale. He makes good initial saves but can’t move side to side or really do anything but let up juicy rebounds.

  9. pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Orange and Black on the rise lol…Pens will have to regroup and come back better tomorrow night

    • blackandorangeforlife - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      You need to learn how to reply instead of posting babble 10+ comments down from the original post!

      • bobhpine - Oct 26, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        Go cheer on your two win juggernaut and leave us to discuss the merits of a game between two playoff teams…two wins, two coaches dude, impressive…and how many goals for the best player in the world? Yeah. 1975. Bye now.

  10. csilojohnson - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Blaming Zatkoff is weak. Or you didnt watch game. You think MAF stops all those redirects in the first 2 periods? Zat played great. It was the team in front of him who let him down. They thought they had it won with 15mins left. Hell it was evident at the start of the third. Weak, lazy passing, turnovers in our zone, Dangerous! turnovers on the offensive blue line. Sure Zatkoff didnt steal the game. I would think the vets on the team wouldve tried a little harder to help him seal up his first NHL win. Espescially after he kept them in the game up to that point. Frustrating result. Good win by Isles. They never gave up…

  11. 19to77 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    There are still some obvious holes on this Isles team, but one thing that can’t be questioned is its heart. These guys have shown since last season that they’re a no-quit team, especially in this developing rivalry with Pittsburgh. I hope these guys meet in the playoffs again this year. They always seem to produce exciting games.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Oct 26, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      Well that makes one of us who wants to see them meet in the playoffs…

      If there are 3 teams I want the Pens to avoid at all costs in the playoffs it’s the Islanders, Toronto, and Philly. Philly because they just crawl under the Pens skin whenever they play, but Philly seems to be taking care of the Pens avoiding them in the playoffs so there’s no worries of that one for now. But Toronto and the Islanders will be keeping me up at night in March if they and the Pens look like they might meet. Their style of fast paced, never stop moving up and down the ice, hockey KILLS the Pens. It’s a nightmare for their passing game. SOOOOOOOO many turnovers any time the Pens meet one of those teams. The only reason the Pens beat the Isles last year was because the Pens raw talent was just so much greater and more evident than the Islanders, but the Islanders played better as one unit, they had more heart, they were the better team. The Pens just out-talented the Islanders. Last night was simply Game 8 of that playoff series. They were the same teams we saw last May: same lack of compete from the Pens and same never say die mentality from the Islanders.

  12. shamu1the1whale - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Is it time for the Pens to talk to Bryz?

  13. Stiller43 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    To clarify my earlier comments: no, Z isnt completely to blame. Howver, 5 GPG allowed a low 80’s save percentage will NOT cut it in any league

    • jl9830 - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      He’s your backup goalie, calm down. Tonight was not even close to his fault.

  14. Stiller43 - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:17 PM


    If youre referring to me, i use the app. Ive “learned how,” but NBC chooses different formats for their different site viewing/replying

    • blackandorangeforlife - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      Stillerdouche Take your Douche App and squeez….My Douche Comment was directed towards PenDouches comment and had nothing to do with your being a Douche while spewing your Douche all over the board!,,,,Can your App Douche that?

  15. cavafox - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Zatkoff didn’t have a lot of help but his GAA and SV % are bad. He is letting up juicy rebounds and doesn’t have mobility. This was known before he even started his first game and it’s very evident

  16. President Charles Logan - Oct 26, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Why do Flyers fans still carry this inferiority complex towards the Pens fans?

    • blackandorangeforlife - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      Have you ever read the comments on a Flyers page?…….Pot is Kettle….They met years ago!

  17. steelers88 - Oct 26, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    The defense played like crap tonight in the 3rd pd. Jeff Zarkoff did look good for the first 2 PD’s but then collapsed in the 3rd. I do think the Penguins will eventually have to find a backup goalie. I wonder if the Penguins would think about permanently moving Letang to a different position like a winger. Put him on Malkin’s line as a winger. I really don’t think Letang is that great of a defensive player he is more of a offensive weapon.

  18. Hockeyfan - Oct 26, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Totally agree. This loss was on the Pens D. But pens do need to find another backup. Volkoun will likely not be back and if he is, it will be so late in the season you have to wonder how long it will take to get him game ready.

  19. bobc74 - Oct 26, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Letang plays, defense collapses. Where have we seen this before? And if you think the PP is bad, just wait till Neal comes back and Martin gets taken off the 1st unit.

  20. calden99 - Oct 26, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    As a pens fan, we are screwed if fleury goes down until vokoun come back.

  21. steelers88 - Oct 26, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    There is 3 teams I don’t want to play Boston, TB, and NYI.

    • bobhpine - Oct 26, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      Pens always handle TB…Toronto is more of a matchup challenge than the Lightning.

  22. c1md6 - Oct 26, 2013 at 9:57 AM


    They also beat the islanders due to the princess diving all over the ice getting all the calls, like tonight the officiating was completely one sided giving the frauds every opportunity to win. Calling a bs tripping penalty in ot of a playoff game last year because the princess dove was typical of the league giving the babies every opportunity.

  23. pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    @c1md6 your sir are a complete jackass much like your d-bag buddy orangeandblack

    • blackandorangeforlife - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      Yes….Knowing how to reply on a message board makes me a Douche……And that makes you what?……You dont know how to post properly…..You only post trash….You never post anything factual or helpful in a discussion only 5th grade pre-pubesent playground Gibberish!

  24. ironman721 - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Islanders are a good up and coming team. Pens pp, defense, and back-up goalie look suspect. The season is very early and changes need to be made. As for the trolls, if your team is below .500, do not talk trash. The standings do the talking for you.

  25. steelers88 - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Yes changes need to be made but I don’t think they have enough room salary cap wise to make any moves.

  26. steelers88 - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    I don’t think that the defense has been terrible this year. I actually think the defense has been good for most of the year except for like 3 games.

  27. joey4id - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    The defense has been good this year, but, bad last night. Z played well, but Nabakov was very very good. Pitt’s PP in the first period was horrendous, but settled down afterwards. What was up with Geno last night? He didn’t play well at all. No time to dwell on the last 2 games. It’s on the plane and get ready to play the Leafs in TO on HNIC.

  28. pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 26, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Regular Season Wins since 2005-06
    Pens 23 wins
    Flyers 25 wins

    Playoff wins

    Pens 10
    Flyers 7


    Pens: 33
    Flyers: 32

    So does this say?

    Eventhough it’s close the Pens are leading the Flyers in the series record since 2005-06 which is when the SIDNEY CROSBY ERA started! You wanted a fact so here you go @orangeandblack

    • blackandorangeforlife - Oct 26, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      Why is it the Pens lose and all they post about are the Flyers?

      And here are the all time facts……Playoffs…..Flyers 4 Pens 2
      Regular season Flyers have 142 wins 85 losses 30 ties and 8 Overtime losses against the Pens and at the current format it will take the Pens 10 strait undefeated seasons just to tie the Flyers..Pens have more losses to the Flyers then every other team in the League..Talk about being OWNED!

      See Hockey was played before Sid was born….But it seems most Pens fans dont know that……Yet these same fans have no issue bringing up Steelers Super Bowl wins from the 70’s…..Why is there a discrepancy when discussing team histories?…….You posted partial (if you can call it that) Facts……I posted the full story…….I know Hockey well so take my advice and dont try me…..I will make you look bad every time!

      P.S….How about if you read some Pens history from before Sid arrived…..Take note of the publisher of the article to confirm lack of bias

      • bobhpine - Oct 26, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        1974, 1975


        1991, 1992, 2009

        That’s what matters dude. You’ve never seen your team win the cup. Just shut up until you actually do. I’ve seen it happen three times. It’s awesome.

        Not that you’d know about that. But keep talking about regular season success and playoff appearances. No one is impressed…not even you.

  29. billsboy88 - Oct 26, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    I thought this game was between the Pens and the Isles, not Pens-Flyers…did I miss something here?

    Why does every comment thread from a Pens game have to turn into a Pens-Flyers debate?

    So sick of all this trolling, makes this site nearly unreadable.

    • blackandorangeforlife - Oct 26, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      Sorry….I was just rebutting to a comment……I dont leave actual comments like that….In fact the only two times i mentioned the Flyers in this board was in rebuttal!

  30. pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 26, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Again you denounce my facts…gee I’ve known that the flyers have owned the pens, hell we lost in the Spectrum for 14 years. I’ve been watching the pens well before Crosby came here but all of you flyers fans think we don’t know what hockey was like pre-2005. Granted there are est 2005 & 2009 Pens fans that live here…my miserable ex…but not all of us are Crosby bandwagoners but that’s true with other teams like Chicago and LA etc. I know my hockey history in Pittsburgh from the world famous Duquesne Gardens to the Pittsburgh Hornets AHL team. Half Pittsburgh wouldn’t even know a clue about the history of hockey in Pittsburgh. Lets not forget that the first NHL franchise in Philly was the Quakers who happened to be Pirates who were relocated from Pittsburgh due to financial issues and other stuff. Gee lets see here…I respect the Broad Street Bullies for what they did early on in winning two championships when they could get away with there antics but I don’t respect majority of the Flyers fans. I have friends in college currently and past friends who are Flyers fan and I respect them because they don’t let the hatred blind them like most Flyer fans do. As a hockey fan I don’t respect you…but as a normal everyday person I do respect you. @orangeandblack

    • blackandorangeforlife - Oct 26, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      I could care less about your respect but i do feel the need to ask……Have you ever seen me leave nothing but trash?…See i am not like you….I dont post 12yr old dribble nor do i like reading it……I would call BS on your age but my oldest brother posts are as bad as yours …And hes 52!

  31. pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 26, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Whatever pal…screw off and have a nice wonderful day

  32. steelers88 - Oct 26, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    I don’t think you should be talking trash right now. You should be worrying about your own team. The Penguins have been the better NHL franchise in PA since the 2006 season. It’s been a fun ride. I love having a great hockey team. It always good for the NHL when the Penguins and Flyers are good at the same time.

  33. steelers88 - Oct 26, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    The only reason why Flyers fans hate on the Penguins is because they are jealous. They are jealous because they don’t have Crosby and Malkin. That is also why they boo Crosby is because they respect, fear, and they are jealous. Flyers fans really have no room to talk about the Penguins struggles they should be looking at their own team.

  34. jobro815 - Oct 26, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Either Cappy has to get stickum for Nabby’s pads or the Isles D has to be aware of where the other team’s players are, because the dude gives up some FAT JUICY rebounds. And Matt Martin completely gave up on Engelland, because he was stride-for-stride with him until the D-zone, then he drifted off to the left, leaving E with an easy stuff-in. I know without Viz in there the D was shorthanded, hell Hammer and Mac played almost a half-hour each, so you’d think the forwards would be told not to give up so easy. Glad Bylsma thought so little of the Isles and put the kid in there, because even Fleury has a decent game now and then against these guys.

    Now let’s give Streit a warm, happy homecoming, then ram the puck past his ass. Hard to believe his role went to Radek frickin’ Martinek. He had a hand in 2 goals, including the game-winner last night. What’s that, a 4 million-dollar difference between D-men?

  35. bobhpine - Oct 26, 2013 at 3:33 PM




    Sorry, I meant to ask:


  36. steelers88 - Oct 26, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    There was this article that said How Relevant is your NHL Team. The Flyers ranked 8th in total: History 6/10. Fan engagement 9/10. Recent track record 6/10. Total 21/30. The Penguins ranked 3rd in total: History 7/10. Fan engagement 10/10. Recent track record 9/10. Total 26/30. This proves that the Penguins are the better franchise in PA.

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