Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Alex Goligoski scored 1:51 into overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins their first win in their new building with a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders at CONSOL Energy Center.
In the extra session, Milan Jurcina was called for hooking less than a minute in to give the Pens a 4-on-3 advantage.
From the right point, Evgeni Malkin blasted a slap shot that hit off a body in front and kicked out to the left side where Goligoski slammed it home for the win.
Michael Rupp and Eric Tangradi each had a goal in regulation for the Penguins, who had dropped their first three games at their new home. Brent Johnson made 22 stops in the victory.
Josh Bailey and Radek Martinek each lit the lamp for the Islanders, who have dropped their past two, but have gotten at least a point in three of their four games this season. Rick DiPietro made 26 stops in the loss.
The Penguins got the first goal of the game on Rupp’s tally 4:07 into the second and the team made it 2-0 as a quick shot from Tangradi at the right circle hit off an Islander and snuck past DiPietro nearly three minutes later.
However, Kris Letang was called for a five-minute major on a shoulder check to Blake Comeau that was ruled a head shot and the Islanders were able to cut their deficit in half.
Comeau, who went to the bench after the hit but didn’t miss a shift, sent a shot from the left point that was intercepted by Bailey in front. Bailey took the puck and went to the forehand before wristing it past Johnson with 8:42 left in the second.
Less than two minutes later, New York tied the contest as Zenon Konopka’s pass from behind the net went to the slot for Martinek, who lasered it over the glove of Johnson.
Like the first period, the third period went scoreless to force overtime.
The Penguins play in Philly on Saturday…The Islanders host Colorado on Sunday…Pittsburgh took five of six from the Islanders in each of the past two seasons…New York was 1-for-6 on the power play while Pittsburgh was 1- for-8.