Sykora's goal lifts Penguins to 1-0 win
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Winger Petr Sykora scored late in the third period to give the Penguins a 1-0 win against the New York Islanders tonight at Mellon Arena in a game that was lacking in style points.
The Penguins, with 66 points, moved within a point of ninth-place Carolina and within two points of Florida and Buffalo, which are tied for seventh in the Eastern Conference. They won for the ninth time in their past 11 home games and fifth time in their past six at Mellon Arena.
The Penguins played pretty evenly with the Islanders, who are the worst team in the NHL, although they picked things up the latter half of the third period.
Sykora's goal came on a play started when center Evgeni Malkin chipped the puck over an Islanders stick to defenseman Sergei Gonchar, whose shot pulled Islanders goaltender Yann Danis and his defense to the right. Sykora got the rebound and poked the puck in from the upper left corner of the crease at 17:32 of the third period.
The Penguins tied the all-time series with the Islanders, 88-88-27.
The Penguins begin a five-game road trip Friday at Chicago.
First Published February 25, 2009 10:03 pm