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UNIONDALE Authentic Brandin Cooks Jersey , N.Y. (AP) — Casey DeSmith is providing a lift for the Pittsburgh Penguins while Matt Murray is sidelined by a lower-body injury.DeSmith made 25 saves to lead the Penguins to a 2-1 shootout win against the New York Islanders on Monday night.“He was really good all night. He was locked in,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “He made some big saves for us.”Jake Guentzel scored the decisive goal in the tiebreaker, helping Pittsburgh improve to 3-0-1 in its last four games. Guentzel also assisted on Derick Brassard’s tying goal in the third period.Penguins star Phil Kessel beat Robin Lehner in the first round of the shootout, but Josh Bailey scored on New York’s third attempt to keep the tiebreaker going. Valtteri Filppula was denied by DeSmith before Guentzel closed out the win for Pittsburgh at Nassau Coliseum.DeSmith improved to 6-1-2 in his past nine starts.“We have to be patient and make sure we don’t beat ourselves,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. “Casey was unbelievable tonight. He was right on all night. That gave us a chance in the shootout.”Anthony Beauvillier scored in the second period for the Islanders, and Lehner finished with 23 stops.New York had a power-play chance in overtime when Brassard was penalized for tripping Filppula. But the Islanders came up empty.“That kill was huge,” Sullivan said. “That was the difference in the game.”Beauvillier put the Islanders ahead with his eighth goal 6:32 into the middle period, converting a pass from Josh Bailey.Brassard responded 2:13 into the third http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/jared-goff-jersey , knocking the puck past Lehner for his fourth goal of the season.The teams played a scoreless first period that had plenty of drama. The Islanders failed to score on three power plays, and then killed off a four-minute penalty on captain Anders Lee.Lee was heartened by the Islanders’ solid effort against the Penguins, who won the Stanley Cup in 2016 and 2017 and have a knack for getting stronger as the season moves along.“It’s a 1-1 hockey game against a good team that ends in a shootout,” Lee said. “For the most part, we played a good game. It was a statement game for us. We were moving our feet and working hard.”The teams split their four meetings this season.NOTES: Islanders F Cal Clutterbuck departed after he was cross-checked by Penguins D Kris Letang. Islanders coach Barry Trotz had no update on Clutterbuck after the game. … The Islanders scratched forwards Tom Kuhnhackl and Josh Ho-Sang, who was recalled from the minors on Sunday, and defenseman Luca Sbisa. … Pittsburgh scratched defensemen Chad Ruhwedel and Jusso Riikola and forward Patric Hornqvist.UP NEXTIslanders: Host Vegas Golden Knights at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Wednesday.Penguins: Visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday. There have been glimpses of brilliance during an otherwise puzzling five-week stretch for the Minnesota Wild that have seen them winfour of 14 matches.But forgive Minnesota if it feels as though a page was turned Saturday during a 3-1 victory in Winnipeg that snapped a five-game losing streak. The Wild not only got two points out of the trip to Manitoba, but may have found something else: Their identity.“It’s amazing how much a win can kind of lift the weight off a team’s shoulders http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/brandin-cooks-jersey ,” forward Eric Fehr told the team website Sunday after practice. “When you start sliding, it seems like it’s never going to end. It’s a little quieter around the room. It’s just not as much fun around the rink. You start winning, and you can already see, it’s lighter around the room today.”Article continues below ...Minnesota will try to keep the mood a good one Monday when it closes the page on the 2018 part of the schedule against the surging Pittsburgh Penguins at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.Despite their struggles since late November, the Wild (18-16-3) remain only four points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. And with the Central Division’s top three teams — Winnipeg, Nashville and Colorado — having combined for 12 consecutive defeats, there’s still plenty of time for Minnesota to make a run.“You have to raise your level of the game http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/robert-woods-jersey , especially to the teams you’re playing,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. “If we don’t keep the game at the level we have to to succeed, we’ll be in trouble. We can’t afford to win one, lose one. At some point, you’ve got to put a run together.”Minnesota looked like a team capable of putting that run together in winning at one of the league’s tougher barns. It scored first and second, then put the clamps on after a Patrik Laine marker drew the Jets within a goal in the third period.Simply put, it was textbook road hockey, the same type of hockey Pittsburgh (20-12-6) displayed Saturday night in routing St. Louis 6-1 at Enterprise Center. Sidney Crosby scored 48 seconds into the game and the Penguins led 4-0 before the Blues finally countered with a goal.Pittsburgh scored on all four-power play chances and blocked 23 shots in front of Matt Murray Authentic Alex Smith Jersey , who bagged 30 saves, as it upped its winning streak to five games and improved to 8-2-0 in its last 10 contests.What the Penguins have done lately — they’ve come from out of the playoff picture to third in the Metropolitan Division — is what the Wild are aiming to do as the calendar flips to 2019.“It’s part of human nature, we have ups and downs,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. “Your ability to respond the right way in those situations is what’s most important. Our guys — they know how to do that, and they did that again tonight.”The Penguins practiced Sunday without defenseman Olli Maatta and forward Bryan Rust. Both are nursing lower-body injuries.
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