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The Islanders scored three unanswered goals to beat the Penguins, 4-3, in OT

Mar 9, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) celebrates his goal with the New York bench against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG Paints Arena. / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brock Nelson scored on a breakaway in overtime and the Islanders rallied to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on Thursday night.

Nelson beat Tristan Jarry to the blocker side at 2:13 of the extra period as the Islanders — who trailed 3-1 late in the third — swept the season series against the Penguins for the first time in franchise history. New York also solidified its first winning record on the road at Pittsburgh since the 2014-15 season.

Nelson scored five goals and had eight points in four games against Pittsburgh this season.

Anders Lee had two goals and Hudson Fasching also scored for the Islanders, who scored twice in the final 5:29 of regulation to force overtime. Ilya Sorokin stopped 33 shots and assisted on the winning goal for New York, which is two points ahead of Pittsburgh for the top wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Islanders, who won their eighth game when trailing through two periods, have outscored opponents 17-1 in the third period in their last 10 games.

Jake Guentzel, Jason Zucker and Josh Archibald scored for Pittsburgh. Jarry made 24 saves for the Penguins, who have lost two of three following a four-game winning streak. Pittsburgh has lost 10 of its last 11 against division opponents.

The Islanders blasted Pittsburgh 5-1 at home on Dec. 27 before a pair of come-from-behind regulation wins against the Penguins last month that mirrored Thursday’s rally. Pittsburgh led twice, but lost in regulation both times last month.

Fasching started the latest Islanders comeback against Pittsburgh with his second goal in as many games. He made it a 3-2 game at 14:31 of the third from a feed Casey Cizikas.

Lee tied it at 3 with 1:15 to play in regulation. It was his 26th goal of the season and seventh in four games against Pittsburgh. Lee redirected Noah Dobson‘s point shot between Jarry’s legs from the top of the crease.

Evgeni Malkin took an interference penalty at 4:44 of the first period, setting the franchise record for career penalty minutes with 1,050, surpassing Kevin Stevens.

Lee and the Islanders took advantage with a power-play goal at 5:23.

Guentzel tied it at 11:07 when he redirected Marcus Pettersson‘s point shot behind Sorokin for his 26th goal. The assist was Pettersson’s 100th NHL point. He became the 37th member of the 2014 NHL draft class to reach 100 points and the sixth defenseman.

Zucker gave Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead at 18:24. Archibald made it 3-1 at 10:49 of the second.


Islanders: Host Washington on Saturday before a three-game West Coast trip.

Penguins: Continue a season-long five-game homestand Saturday against Philadelphia.

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