After the Pittsburgh Penguins fell behind 2-0 early in the second period, they got right back in the game, thanks to Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov’s embarrassing balance.
Two minutes into the second period, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby unwrapped his gift. His shot should have hit Varlamov squarely in the chest, but Varlamov tripped himself.
Sidney Crosby goal.
This goal came right after Mathew Barzal scored a fluky goal that fluttered off of Penguins defenseman John Marino’s stick.
It was Crosby’s seventh goal of the season and certainly one of the more unique goals in his career. Watch that blue paint, Semyon!
The goal upped the Pittsburgh Penguins’ power play conversion to 1-for-3 (as of the second period). The Penguins man-advantage was again struggling to find good scoring opportunities until Crosby’s shot lit the lamp.
The Penguins’ fun didn’t stop there and they tied the game 26 seconds later. Defenseman Kris Letang got his third goal of the season as it looked like Varlamov was still in dreamland. Varlamov didn’t break the butterfly despite the changing play. All three of Letang’s goals this season have come against the Islanders.
Kasperi Kapanen got the primary assist on the goal which upped his point total to 10.
Special teams have been a big part of this game thus far as the Islanders also have a power play goal.
Late in the first period, forward Brock Nelson scored the game’s opening goal. With that goal, the Islanders are now four-for-seven on the man advantage against Pittsburgh this season.
The Penguins are trying to win their fourth straight game against the Islanders. They’re 3-1 against them thus far as they trail New York by two points in the East Division.