PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — It was Brent Johnson’s night at the CONSOL Energy Center.
Not only did the Pens back-up goalie make 20 saves in a 3-0 win over the New York Islanders Wednesday night, but he also picked his first NHL fight with Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro.
The blanking of the Islanders officially goes into the record books as a team shutout because No. 1 goalie Marc-Andre Fleury played the final 16.5 seconds.
Johnson saw DiPietro take a shot at Matt Cooke in the third and the fight was on. Johnson planted a left hook and DiPietro hit the ice.
The Pens have won seven of eight without captain Sidney Crosby who has been out with a concussion. Evegeni Malkin has also been off the ice for five games with a sinus infection.
Tyler Kennedy scored at 8:08 in the first period with assists from Paul Martin and Zybnek Michalek.
Then, Chris Kunitz got a backhander past DiPietro at 13:10.
Both teams were held scoreless in the second period. Max Talbot made it 3-0 with an empty netter with less than a minute left on the clock.