The New York Islanders are in a pretty tough spot right now.
They entered play on Friday near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, had won just two of their previous 10 games, and to top it all off they had to play the defending Stanley Cup champions who had to be coming in with an extra chip on their shoulders after losing by six goals on Wednesday night.
The Penguins ended up extending the Islanders’ current losing ways with a 3-2 overtime win that was highlighted by another huge night from Sidney Crosby.
Crosby opened the scoring in the first period when he scored his 11th goal of the season, tying him for the second most in the league with Michael Grabner (yeah, you read that correctly) even though he has missed five games.
But thanks in part to a sloppy second period that started with a power play goal after a careless penalty by Evgeni Malkin ignited a brief Islanders rally, the game ended up in overtime. It was in overtime where Crosby would make his best play of the night, faking a slap shot, dangling around Brock Nelson, and then finding a wide open Kris Letang all in one motion for the game-winning goal.
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After that performance Crosby is now up to 15 points (11 goals, four assists) in 11 games this season.
The Islanders, meanwhile, are now tied with the Buffalo Sabres for the worst record in the Eastern Conference.
Even though coach Jack Capuano recently received a vote of confidence you have to wonder if his seat is going to get a little warmer after yet another loss, especially since the team does not play again until Tuesday when it starts a west coast road trip.