Penguins advance in playoffs, beat Islanders 4-3 in overtime


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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Penguins advanced in the playoffs with a 4-3 overtime win over the New York Islanders in Game 6 of their best-of-seven first-round postseason series tonight at Nassau Coliseum.

The Penguins' Brooks Orpik won it on a shot from the left point at 7:49 of overtime.

The Penguins will next face the Ottawa Senators. No schedule for those games has been announced.

John Tavares opened the scoring for the Islanders when he took a backhanded pass from Josh Bailey and scored from the right hash marks, making it 1-0 at 5:36 of the first period.

The Penguins tied it, 1-1, at 7:39 of the first period. Sidney Crosby carried the puck over the blue line and took a backhanded shot. New York goaltender Evgeni Nabokov stopped the shot, but Jarome Iginla poked the puck in from the crease.

With just 37 seconds left in the first period, Colin McDonald put the Islanders ahead, 2-1. He had an open net for a one-timer after Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun was pulled to the right post to defend Keith Aucoin, who instead of shooting from the bottom of the left circle passed across the top of the crease to McDonald.

The Penguins got the only goal of the second period, at 10:59. Joe Vitale carried the puck down the right side of the New York end, and Pascal Dupuis scored off of Vitale's centering pass to tie it, 2-2. The assist was Vitale's first career playoff point.

Aucoin stole the puck from the Penguins' Kris Letang in the Penguins' end and set up Michael Grabner for a tiebreaking goal, giving New York a 3-2 lead at 2:21 of the third period.

The Penguins evened it, 3-3, at 14:44 of the third period. Evgeni Malkin controlled the puck but went into the Islanders' end one-on-four, he carried the puck behind the net and fed a pass to Paul Martin, who scored from the left point.

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Shelly Anderson: shanderson@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1721 or Twitter @pgshelly. First Published May 12, 2013 2:15 AM


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