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Last Five Games
Record: 2-2-1
 11-11  NSH  4-5  L-SO
 11-14  BUF  5-4  W-OT
 11-16  OTT  3-1  W
 11-18  CHI  1-2  L
 11-22  VAN  2-5  L
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Pens lose 6-3 to Isles for fourth straight loss. (7-Dec-2002)
The Islanders score twice in each period to down the Penguins 6-3 in front of 13,170 at Mellon Arena. The pre-game news was that Alexei Kovalev with sit out due to a bruised tricep and that Kris Beech was recalled from Wilkes-Barre. Hans Jonsson, Mario Lemieux and Martin Straka scored for Pittsburgh. The Pens failed to convert on two 5-on-3 advantages in the second period and went 0 for 6 overall on the power play.

1st 2nd 3rd - T
 Islanders 2 2 2 - 6
 Penguins 2 0 1 - 3
Shots on goal
1st 2nd 3rd - T
 Islanders 10 4 12 - 26
 Penguins 9 5 8 - 22
Power Plays
1st 2nd 3rd - T
 Islanders 0-1 0-1 1-2 - 1-4
 Penguins 0-1 0-4 0-1 - 0-6
  • Lines: Morozov-Lemieux-Straka, Sivek-Hrdina-Nieminen, Primeau-Robitaille-Daigle and McKenna-Beech-Manderville.
  • Defensive pairings: Laukkanen-Ference, Bergevin-Moran and Jonsson-Pushor.
  • Goaltender: Johan Hedberg
  • Captain: Mario Lemieux
  • Alternate captains: Marc Bergevin, Martin Straka.
  • New York opened the scoring 1:10 into the game with a Michael Peca goal. The puck was kicked out of the right corner. Peca beat Andrew Ference to the puck and as he was falling down he lifted a backhander over Hedberg's left shoulder.
    • NY Islanders, Michael Peca 1 (Brad Isbister, Arron Asham), 1:10
  • Hans Jonsson got his first of the season at 6:29 to tie the game at one. Jonsson "kept" a Martin Straka pass in at the left point, glided in and blasted a shot by New York goaltender, Garth Snow, from the top of the left circle. Replays appeared to show that Jonsson didn't keep the puck in the offensive zone.
    • Pittsburgh, Hans Jonsson 1 (Martin Straka, Andrew Ference), 6:29
  • The Islanders recaptured the lead near the midpoint of the first with a Jason Wiemer goal. Wiemer took a backhand pass from Jason Blake snapped a shot short-side by Johan Hedberg from the inside of the left circle.
    • NY Islanders, Jason Wiemer 5 (Jason Blake, Dave Scatchard), 10:25
  • Mario Lemieux tied the game at two with his 13th of the season just over two minutes later. Lemieux took a pass from Straka, who was behind the right goal line, and one-timed it home short-side by Snow from in front.
    • Pittsburgh, Mario Lemieux 13 (Martin Straka, Janne Laukkanen), 12:38
  • 1st Period Penalties: J Pushor, Pit (roughing), 7:26, A Asham, NYI (holding), 16:00.
  • Shots after one period were 10-9 in favor of New York.
  • Pittsburgh had 38 seconds of a two-man advantage early in the second but were unable to convert.
  • Michael Peca was credited with his second of the game at 7:50 of the second period. Arron Asham took a shot from the slot which hit Peca to the left of the goal. Andrew Ference dove to knock the puck away from Peca but knocked it into his own goal.
    • NY Islanders, Michael Peca 2 (Arron Asham, Brad Isbister), 7:50
  • The Penguins had 1:11 of 5-on-3 advantage time at 11:44 but were again unable to convert the opportunity.
  • The Isle got the eventual game-winner from Mark Parrish at 14:25. Brad Isbister and Parrish came in on a 2-on-1, Isbister passed cross-ice to Parrish who one-timed it home from the bottom of the right circle.
    • NY Islanders, Mark Parrish 8 (Brad Isbister, Alexei Yashin), 14:25
  • 2nd Period Penalties: J Blake, NYI (hooking), 0:52, M Timander, NYI (tripping), 2:14, R Martinek, NYI (cross checking), 10:55, R Hamrlik, NYI (hooking), 11:44, J Hrdina, Pit (tripping), 15:14.
  • Shots after two were tied at 14.
  • New York had 1:08 of 2-man advantage time at 9:05 of the third and...
  • Brad Isbister scored on the power play at 10:30 to make it 5-2 in favor of New York. Kenny Jonsson took a shot and Isbister spun around out front to backhand it by Hedberg.
    • NY Islanders, Brad Isbister 9 (power play) (Kenny Jonsson, Michael Peca), 10:30
  • Pittsburgh cut the lead to 5-3 when Martin Straka got his sixth of the year. Janne Laukkanen took a wrister from the right point and Straka, standing in the slot, deflected the puck down and by Snow.
    • Pittsburgh, Martin Straka 6 (Janne Laukkanen), 11:35
  • The Islanders closed out the scoring with a Jason Blake goal with just under two minutes to go. After Hedberg had denied a Wiemer breakaway, Blake picked up the rebound and knocked it into the vacated net.
    • NY Islanders, Jason Blake 6 (Jason Wiemer, Dave Scatchard), 18:08
  • 3rd Period Penalties: Bench, NYI (too many men served by S Webb), 2:29, J Hrdina, Pit (hooking), 8:13, V Nieminen, Pit (high sticking), 9:05.
  • Three Stars of the Game:
    1. Michael Peca, NY (2g, 1a)
    2. Brad Isbister, NY (1g, 3a)
    3. Martin Straka (1g, 2a)
  • Goalies: NY Islanders, Garth Snow (22 shots, 19 saves; record: 2-4-1).
    Pittsburgh, Johan Hedberg (26 shots, 20 saves; record: 8-7-3).
  • Attendance: 13,170 at Mellon Arena.
  • Scratches: Josef Melichar (shoulder), Michal Rozsival (shoulder), Shean Donovan (foot), Dick Tarnstrom (foot), Alexei Kovalev (arm) and Dan LaCouture.
  • ESPN boxscore: http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/boxscore?gameId=221207016

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