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Penguins vs. Islanders


Oct 10, 1998

NHL FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL --- --- --- ----- PITTSBURGH 4 0 0 4 NY ISLANDERS 1 2 0 3 FINAL

GOAL SCORING:

1ST PRD: PIT - (PP) JAROMIR JAGR 1 (MARTIN STRAKA, JEFF SEROWIK) 4:50 PIT - ROBERT LANG 1 (GERMAN TITOV, ROB BROWN) 5:42 PIT - ALEXEI MOROZOV 1 (BRAD WERENKA, ROBERT LANG) 6:02 PIT - BRAD WERENKA 1 (JAROMIR JAGR, MARTIN STRAKA) 18:04 NYI - KENNY JONSSON 1 (TOM CHORSKE, BRYAN BERARD) 19:51 2ND PRD: NYI - (PP) TREVOR LINDEN 1 (BRYAN SMOLINSKI, ROBERT REICHEL) 5:03 NYI - (PP) TREVOR LINDEN 2 (BRYAN BERARD, KENNY JONSSON) 16:58 3RD PRD: NONE

POWER-PLAY CONVERSIONS: PIT - 1 OF 4, NYI - 2 OF 4.

SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL --- --- --- ----- PIT 12 6 3 21 NYI 5 12 8 25

GOALIES: PIT - TOM BARRASSO() NYI - TOMMY SALO()

OFFICIALS: REF - MAGUIRE LIN - BROSEKER, MORIN

ATT: 11,457

Box Score

----------------------------- Pittsburgh 4 0 0--4 NY Islanders 1 2 0--3 -----------------------------

FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Pittsburgh, Jagr 1 (power play) (Straka, Serowik), 4:50. 2, Pittsburgh, Lang 1 (Titov, Brown), 5:42. 3, Pittsburgh, A Morozov 1 (Werenka, Lang), 6:02. 4, Pittsburgh, Werenka 1 (Jagr, Straka), 18:04. 5, NY Islanders, Jonsson 1 (Chorske, Berard), 19:51. Penalties: Tamer, Pit (fighting major), 2:35; Odjick, Nyi (fighting major), 2:35; Brewer, Nyi (holding), 4:29; Jagr, Pit (hooking), 7:41; Odjick, Nyi (roughing, misconduct), 15:57.

SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 6, NY Islanders, Linden 1 (power play) (Smolinski, Reichel), 5:03. 7, NY Islanders, Linden 2 (power play) (Berard, Jonsson), 16:58. Penalties: Reichel, Nyi (tripping), 1:46; Jagr, Pit (hooking), 4:00; Jonsson, Nyi (hooking), 6:30; Serowik, Pit (slashing), 13:58; Chorske, Nyi (roughing), 13:58; Werenka, Pit (interference), 16:01.

THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: None. Penalties: Straka, Pit (high sticking), 9:43.

Shots on goal: --------------------------------- Pittsburgh 12 6 3--21 NY Islanders 5 12 8--25 ---------------------------------

Power-play Conversions: Pit - 1 of 4, Nyi - 2 of 4. Goalies: Pittsburgh, T Barrasso (25 shots, 22 saves; record: 1-0-0). NY Islanders, Salo (21, 17; record: 0-1-0). A:11,457. Referee: Maguire. Linesmen: Broseker, Morin.

How They Scored

----------------------------- Pittsburgh 4 0 0--4 NY Islanders 1 2 0--3 -----------------------------

FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Pittsburgh, Jagr 1 (power play) (Straka, Serowik), 4:50. 2, Pittsburgh, Lang 1 (Titov, Brown), 5:42. 3, Pittsburgh, A Morozov 1 (Werenka, Lang), 6:02. 4, Pittsburgh, Werenka 1 (Jagr, Straka), 18:04. 5, NY Islanders, Jonsson 1 (Chorske, Berard), 19:51. Penalties: Tamer, Pit (fighting major), 2:35; Odjick, Nyi (fighting major), 2:35; Brewer, Nyi (holding), 4:29; Jagr, Pit (hooking), 7:41; Odjick, Nyi (roughing, misconduct), 15:57.

SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 6, NY Islanders, Linden 1 (power play) (Smolinski, Reichel), 5:03. 7, NY Islanders, Linden 2 (power play) (Berard, Jonsson), 16:58. Penalties: Reichel, Nyi (tripping), 1:46; Jagr, Pit (hooking), 4:00; Jonsson, Nyi (hooking), 6:30; Serowik, Pit (slashing), 13:58; Chorske, Nyi (roughing), 13:58; Werenka, Pit (interference), 16:01.

THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: None. Penalties: Straka, Pit (high sticking), 9:43.

Shots on goal: --------------------------------- Pittsburgh 12 6 3--21 NY Islanders 5 12 8--25 ---------------------------------

Power-play Conversions: Pit - 1 of 4, Nyi - 2 of 4. Goalies: Pittsburgh, T Barrasso (25 shots, 22 saves; record: 1-0-0). NY Islanders, Salo (21, 17; record: 0-1-0). A:11,457. Referee: Maguire. Linesmen: Broseker, Morin.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS

Pittsburgh NY Islanders G A +/- Shots G A +/- Shots A Morozov 1 0 +1 2 Berard 0 2 -1 2 Barnes 0 0 even 2 Brewer 0 0 -1 0 Brown 0 1 +1 1 Chorske 0 1 +1 3 Dollas 0 0 even 1 Czerkawski 0 0 -1 2 Hatcher 0 0 +2 1 Harlock 0 0 -1 0 Hrdina 0 0 even 0 Hough 0 0 -1 0 I Moran 0 0 even 0 Jonsson 1 1 -1 1 Ignatjev 0 0 even 1 Lachance 0 0 even 0 Jagr 1 1 +1 6 Lapointe 0 0 even 1 Lang 1 1 +1 2 Linden 2 0 -2 4 Lebeau 0 0 even 0 Miller 0 0 -1 2 Serowik 0 1 even 1 Nemchinov 0 0 +1 3 Slegr 0 0 even 0 Odjick 0 0 even 0 Straka 0 2 +1 2 Pilon 0 0 even 0 Tamer 0 0 even 0 Reichel 0 1 -2 2 Titov 0 1 +2 0 Sacco 0 0 +1 4 Werenka 1 1 +1 2 Smolinski 0 1 -1 0 Wright 0 0 even 0 Watt 0 0 -1 1 Kasparaitis Knee Surgery Dawe Healthy Kesa Healthy Belanger Healthy Miller Healthy Richter Healthy Galanov Healthy Wilkinson Healthy Skudra Healthy

Game Story

UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) -- Jaromir Jagr, Robert Lang and Alexei Morozov scored in a 72-second span of the first period and the Pittsburgh Penguins nearly blew a four-goal lead but held on for a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders in the season opener for both teams.

The Penguins came out swarming in the first period and opened the scoring 21 seconds after rookie defenseman Eric Brewer took a holding penalty at 4:29. From the top of the right faceoff circle, Jagr blasted a slap shot through traffic and past Tommy Salo's stick side.

"We got some lucky breaks in the beginning," Jagr said. "After the first, we said to ourselves, `Forget the first period, let's go out and play hard.' It's going to be different playing without (Ron) Francis, but it's too early to tell how different."

Francis collected 87 points in 81 games last season for the Penguins but opted to sign a four-year, $20 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Lang deflected German Titov's shot past Salo 52 seconds later for a 2-0 lead. Morozov capped the three-goal flurry just 20 seconds later when he capped a rush by beating Salo low to the glove side from the left circle.

The Penguins weren't done in the opening period as Brad Werenka flipped a harmless wrist shot from the right point that skipped by Salo for a 4-0 lead with 1:56 to play.

"We showed a lot of character and held on for the win," Pittsburgh coach Kevin Constantine said. "The intermission was good because it took a lot of momentum from the Islanders. You never know the flavor of the opening game. It is different than the way you play 10 games into the season. You just hope you get a win. A lot of our young guys showed up, expecially Morozov in the third period, blocking shots."

The poor start by the Islanders compounded a tumultuous preseason. Ownership insisted Nassau Coliseum is unsafe and moved their offices out of the building, returning only when ordered by a state Supreme Court judge. The turmoil obviously affected the attendance, which was a disappointing 11,457.

The Islanders also played without holdout right wing Zigmund Palffy, by far the team's best player. Palffy was sixth in the NHL in scoring last season with 42 goals and 87 points and accounted for nearly a quarter of New York's 212 goals.

"Its disappointing to lose, but physically I felt good," said Islanders captain Trevor Linden, who missed all of training camp while holding out. "I felt good on a personal level, scoring two goals. I didn't expect to score right away, but I got a great rebound and an open net. At this stage of the game, you have to look at the positives. We're going to be OK. We understand that Zigmund is an important part of this team, but we will be OK."

Kenny Jonsson gave the Isles some life with nine seconds left in the first period, firing a slap shot over goaltender Tom Barrasso's right shoulder from the top of the right circle.

Linden scored a pair of power-play tallies in the second to make it a one-goal game, but Barrasso stopped all eight shots over the final 20 minutes to preserve the victory.

"We hung in there, we had some opportunities. We got caught napping a little early," Islanders coach Mike Milbury said. "We spotted them four goals. We had too deep a hole to dig out of. There is a lot of pressure on the home team in the openers and we were not able to get through it. We have to take something from this beginning."

After a shaky opening period, Salo settled down and finished with 17 saves.

"I really like Tommy and never thought of pulling him," said Milbury.

The Isles best chance to tie came with 3:54 remaining. Barrasso was prone but managed to smother the puck at the left goalpost before Linden could push it across the goal line.

The Penguins improved to 15-11-6 in season openers, while New York dropped to 7-13-7.

Islanders defenseman Rich Pilon suffered a mild groin pull and is listed as day-to-day.

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