UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - The also-ran New York Islanders prevented
the Pittsburgh Penguins from clinching a playoff spot with a 4-1
victory. Bill Guerin had a goal and assist in the decisive second
period when the Isles took a 3-1 lead.
Pittsburgh holds a two-point lead over New Jersey in the race
for the Atlantic Division crown. The Penguins missed a chance to
double its advantage heading into a road meeting with the Devils on
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby sat out his sixth straight game
and 27th in 30 because of a sprained right ankle. He could play
Tuesday. Pittsburgh is 15-8-and-4 without him, but had gone 4-and-1
with 27 goals in the first five games of his latest absence.
Richard Park, Sean Bergenheim and Trent Hunter also scored for
the Islanders. Wade Dubielewicz stopped 28 shots
as the Islanders snapped a five-game losing streak at home.
(courtesy: associated press)