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Islanders spoil Bylsma's coaching debut

Feb 16, 2009 - 11:19 PM
UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) -- A coaching change could not shake the Pittsburgh Penguins out of their doldrums.

Frans Nielsen and Jeff Tambellini scored shootout goals Monday as the New York Islanders handed the Penguins a 3-2 loss in Dan Bylsma's debut as interim coach.

Bylsma, the coach at the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, replaced Michel Therrien, who was fired Sunday, one day after Pittsburgh surrendered six unanswered goals in a 6-2 loss at Toronto.

"This is an opportunity that you always look for and you want," Bylsma said. "It's what I planned for. I just got in front of the room today and was surprisingly comfortable."

However, the Penguins struggled against the league-worst Islanders, who snapped a five-game losing streak.

Despite the presence of Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby - the NHL's top two scorers, Pittsburgh entered Monday's game 10th in the Eastern Conference, five points out of a playoff spot.

Malkin and Crosby failed to score in the shootout, sending the Penguins to their second straight loss.

"I think with the little amount of time we had to make an adjustment or get on the same page, systematic-wise, it was expected that we would see a scramble out there," Bylsma added. "As the game went on, we got more in tune with the style we wanted to play. The third period we were pretty aggressive."

Pittsburgh tied the contest, 2-2, on Ryan Whitney's power-play goal with 2:53 left in the second period.

The Penguins could not break through in the third period despite a 14-7 edge in shots. Overall, Pittsburgh out-shot New York, 37-30.

"I think it was a pretty solid 60 minutes," New York coach Scott Gordon said. "We had a lot of traffic through the net tonight. I thought the amount of chances we generated was pretty good."

After Nielsen, who also scored in regulation, successfully opened the shootout for New York, Tambellini converted in unconventional fashion. He pulled up in the slot and blasted a 20-footer past netminder Marc-Andre Fleury.

Malkin's attempt went wide, leaving him a surprising 0-for-6 in shootouts this season.

After Kyle Okposo also shot wide to keep the Penguins alive, Crosby tried to deke Islanders goaltender Joey MacDonald with a series of fakes. He was thwarted, however, as MacDonald made a pad save to seal the win.

"I just tried to read him and make a move," Crosby said.

MacDonald finished with 35 saves, including three in a wide-open overtime.

"You never know what he's going to do," MacDonald said of his stop on Crosby in the shootout.

"He's got that straight curve. He likes to slow down a little bit and I think he went a little too slow and I got my pad on it."

Chris Campoli and Malkin traded goals in the first period before Nielsen gave the Islanders a 2-1 lead with 6:34 left in the second.

"It's still hockey," said Fleury, who turned aside 28 shots. "You still have to go out and play. Those were two points that we needed."








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    FINAL IN SHOOTOUT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    PITTSBURGH 1 1 0 0 (1) 2
    NY ISLANDERS 1 1 0 0 (2) 3 FINAL IN SHOOTOUT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYI - CHRIS CAMPOLI 6 (SEAN BERGENHEIM, FRANS NIELSEN) 11:34
    PIT - EVGENI MALKIN 25 (UNASSISTED) 18:06
    2ND PRD: NYI - FRANS NIELSEN 3 (ANDY HILBERT, SEAN BERGENHEIM) 13:27

    Penguins 2, Islanders 3  Final - 2OTFeb 16 4:45 PM


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    END OF OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    PITTSBURGH 1 1 0 0 2
    NY ISLANDERS 1 1 0 0 2 END OF OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYI - CHRIS CAMPOLI 6 (SEAN BERGENHEIM, FRANS NIELSEN) 11:34
    PIT - EVGENI MALKIN 25 (UNASSISTED) 18:06
    2ND PRD: NYI - FRANS NIELSEN 3 (ANDY HILBERT, SEAN BERGENHEIM) 13:27
    PIT -

    Feb 16 4:38 PM
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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    PITTSBURGH 1 1 0 2
    NY ISLANDERS 1 1 0 2 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYI - CHRIS CAMPOLI 6 (SEAN BERGENHEIM, FRANS NIELSEN) 11:34
    PIT - EVGENI MALKIN 25 (UNASSISTED) 18:06
    2ND PRD: NYI - FRANS NIELSEN 3 (ANDY HILBERT, SEAN BERGENHEIM) 13:27
    PIT - (PP) RYAN WHITNEY 2 (SID

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    PITTSBURGH 1 1 2
    NY ISLANDERS 1 1 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYI - CHRIS CAMPOLI 6 (SEAN BERGENHEIM, FRANS NIELSEN) 11:34
    PIT - EVGENI MALKIN 25 (UNASSISTED) 18:06
    2ND PRD: NYI - FRANS NIELSEN 3 (ANDY HILBERT, SEAN BERGENHEIM) 13:27
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    2ND PRD: PIT - (PP) RYAN WHITNEY 2 (SIDNEY CROSBY, SERGEI GONCHAR)
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    PITTSBURGH 1
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    2ND PRD: NYI - FRANS NIELSEN 3 (ANDY HILBERT, SEAN BERGENHEIM) 13:27

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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    PITTSBURGH 1 1
    NY ISLANDERS 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYI - CHRIS CAMPOLI 6 (SEAN BERGENHEIM) 11:34
    PIT - EVGENI MALKIN 25 (UNASSISTED) 18:06
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    NYI 12 12


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    PITTSBURGH 1
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    1ST PRD: PIT - EVGENI MALKIN 25 (UNASSISTED) 18:06

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    NY ISLANDERS 1
    1ST PRD: NYI - CHRIS CAMPOLI 6 (SEAN BERGENHEIM) 11:34

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