Reporting Kym Gable
PITTSBURGH (AP/KDKA) —- Kyle Okposo’s first career playoff goal with 7:37 remaining lifted the New York Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night, evening their playoffs series at one game each.
Matt Moulson, Colin McDonald and Matt Martin also scored for the Islanders, who spoiled Sidney Crosby’s comeback from a broken jaw by rallying from an early two-goal deficit.
Crosby scored twice in the game’s first eight minutes as the Penguins raced to a quick 3-1 lead. But they couldn’t hold it as the Islanders bounced back from a lifeless performance in Game 1.
Evgeni Nabokov overcame a sluggish start to stop 30 shots as the Islanders won their first playoff game in more than six years.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 38 saves for Pittsburgh, which allowed the speedy Islanders to effectively counterpunch all night.
Although it was a loss, Penguins fans still cheered on their team outside of the Consol Energy Center.
“This energy is awesome,” says Penguins fan Nick Venuti. “This is playoff atmosphere if you’ve ever seen it before. You won’t get this anywhere else.”
Crosby’s return also sparked some crowd excitement.
“Knowing that at 10 a.m. this morning, someone said Sidney Crosby is coming back in the Pens— it was perfect timing,” says Penguins fan Bradley Windhorst.
Game 3 is Sunday in New York.