MORNING STANLEY CUP OF JOE – MAY 12, 2013
PITTSBURGH 4, NY ISLANDERS 3 (OT); PIT wins 4-2 Brooks Orpik scored his first career playoff goal 7:49 into overtime to complete Pittsburgh’s comeback from three one-goal deficits and clinch the team’s first series victory since 2010.
Pittsburgh clinched its sixth consecutive playoff series victory on the road.
The win also marked the Penguins’ first postseason series victory over the Islanders – they lost the previous three meetings in 1975, 1982 and 1993, with each series going the distance.
Sixteen of the first 42 games (38.1%) of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs have required overtime, tying last year’s opening-round record (16-of-48, 33.3%). Home teams fell to 10-6 (.625) in overtime games this postseason; they went 4-12 (.250) in the opening round last year.
ORPIK ENDS DROUGHT
Entering play on Saturday, Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik had played in
77 career playoff games, the third-most in NHL history among skaters with no postseason goals, trailing only Craig Muni (113 games) and Hal Gill (110). (Elias Sports Bureau)
Orpik hadn’t scored a goal in 106 consecutive games (regular season and playoffs), with his last tally coming on Nov. 21, 2011, also against the Islanders.
FILLING THE STAT SHEET
Three Penguins – Evgeni Malkin (2-9—11), Jarome Iginla (2-7—9) and Pascal Dupuis (5-2—7) – recorded points in all six games against the Islanders.
They are the first players to collect points in each of Pittsburgh’s first six games of a playoff series (in any round) since 1996, when Jaromir Jagr did so in the team’s six-game, first-round series victory over Washington.
(Elias Sports Bureau)
Sidney Crosby, who ranks third in playoff scoring with 3-6—9, also posted at least one point in all of his appearances against the Islanders, but only dressed for five games. He has 99 career postseason points (36-63—99 in 73 GP), one shy of tying Ron Francis for fourth place on Pittsburgh’s all-time playoff scoring list.
John Tavares put the Islanders ahead early . . . Jarome Iginla, Pascal Dupuis and Paul Martin scored the game-tying goals for the Penguins . . .
Colin McDonald and Michael Grabner also scored for the Islanders . . .
Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin used his head to gather the puck.
SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Washington @ NY Rangers, Game 6, WSH leads 3-2, 4:30 p.m., CNBC, TSN, CSN-DC, MSG Boston @ Toronto, Game 6, BOS leads 3-2, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS, NESN Detroit @ Anaheim, Game 7, series tied 3-3, 10:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS, FS-D, FS-W
Source: NHL Media