Late goal lifts Is­lan­ders over Pen­guins

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Vin A. Cher­woo AP Sports Writer

After los­ing twice on goals in the clos­ing min­utes dur­ing their re­cent road trip, the New York Is­lan­ders were re­lieved to get a late win after blow­ing a three-goal lead in the third pe­riod.

An­ders Lee scored the tiebreak­ing goal with 27 sec­onds re­main­ing to lift the Is­lan­ders to a 5-3 vic­tory over the de­fend­ing cham­pion Pitts­burgh Pen­guins on Wed­nes­day night.

Thomas Hickey took a pass from Johnny Boy­chuk and fired a slap shot from the point that de­flected off Lee’s stick and past goalie Matt Mur­ray.

“We had that puck luck,” Lee said. “We just have to grind it out. Tonight we were able to come through with a game-win­ning goal. Was a great shot and I was able to tip in. We’ve faced enough ad­ver­sity for a sea­son. Tonight we were able to find a way.”

Hickey called it “re­lief more than ela­tion,’” adding, “It was nice to get some­thing to go our way . ... It was a great pass by Johnny and a great tip by An­ders.”

Then, with Mur­ray pulled on the en­su­ing face­off, Niko­lay Kulemin scored into the empty net 3 sec­onds later to seal the win and give the Is­lan­ders con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries for the sec­ond time this sea­son.

Boy­chuk, Ja­son Chimera and Casey Cizikas also scored, and Thomas Greiss made 31 saves.

New York, which lost twice on goals in the fi­nal 3 min­utes of reg­u­la­tion at Los An­ge­les and San Jose last week be­fore beat­ing Cal­gary at home in over­time on Mon­day, has won three of five.

Conor Sheary, Justin Schultz and Ev­geni Malkin scored in the first 13:08 of the third pe­riod to tie the score for the Pen­guins. Mur­ray fin­ished with 25 saves.

“Some­times you can try to work your way back but it doesn’t al­ways work out that way,” Pitts­burgh’s Sid­ney Crosby said. “We were able to tie it up and un­for­tu­nately not at least force over­time.”

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