PITTSBURGH, Penn – The Penguins needed something to get them back on track in their series with the New York Islanders. They found the track and their offense and their defense Thursday night in aa 4-0 shelling of the Isles. In the process, they took a 3-2 lead in their series.
“As the game went on, we played like we wanted to play,” Pittsburgh goalie Tomas Vokoun said on NHL.com after making 31 saves in his first playoff start since 2007. “We kept it simple, we got in their zone and that’s where we want to play. We want to be keeping the puck there for long periods of time.”
Vokoun was started in net in favor of Marc-Andre Fleury who was made to look ordinary by the Isles through the three of the first four games.
Sensing an opportunity the Islanders came out hard and fast in an effort to break down Vokoun but were unable to put a puck past early.
I think we felt he was calm and confident out there and it kind of transmitted to the other players and went from there,” defenseman Kris Letang said on NHL.com. “We were a little bit on our heels because [the Islanders] had a good start.
“He was really important all game long. He made key saves at key moments and obviously he was really calm in the net and gave us confidence.”
Vokoun had 31 saves on the night.
Tyler Kennedy got the Pens on the board in the second on a breakaway off a nice pass from Kris Letang. Douglas added a second goal just over a minute later.
Sidney Crosby continued his scoring touch in the series with another marker late in the second to seal the Isles fate in game five.
Letang added his own goal just over five minutes into the third to complete the scoring.
The series now heads back to Uniondale where the Islanders need to continue their strong if improbable run and manage to push this series to seven games and back to Pittsburgh.