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Pens bounce back in 4-0 win over Islanders

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Daniel Sprong scored twice, added an assist, while Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each added a goal in the dominating win over the New York Islanders in Brooklyn Friday night.

NEW YORK (AP) Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists, Tristan Jarry stopped 31 shots for his second shutout of the season and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Islanders 4-0 Friday night.

Daniel Sprong had two goals and an assist, Evgeni Malkin also scored and Dominik Simon added two assists for the Penguins, who had dropped four of six and were coming off a 4-0 loss at home to Carolina the previous night. The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions pulled within one point of the Hurricanes for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.

Jaroslav Halak finished with 31 saves as the Islanders lost their season-high fifth straight – all in regulation – while getting outscored 25-8 during the skid.

The Islanders lost right wing Josh Bailey to a lower-body injury early in the first period and he did not return. Bailey leads the team with 38 assists and is tied with captain John Tavares for tops with 50 points.

With the Penguins ahead 3-0, Jarry stopped a slap shot by Ryan Pulock two minutes into the third, and then another attempt by the forward from the inside edge of the right circle 90 seconds later. Jarry also denied a tip by Jordan Eberle a little more than 5 1/2 minutes in and a try in front by Brock Nelson 20 seconds later.

Sprong got his second goal with 6 1/2 minutes to go, beating Halak in the top left corner.

After a scoreless first period, the Penguins scored three times in the second while outshooting the Islanders 18-8.

Sprong got the Penguins on the scoreboard 41 seconds in as Crosby brought the puck up the left side and passed it through sliding Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy to Sprong, who tapped it past Halak for his first goal in his fourth game this season.

After Pulock was whistled for tripping Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh’s top-ranked power play took advantage. Malkin got a pass from Crosby at the right faceoff dot and fired a one-timer past Halak to make it 2-0 with his 15th at 3:30.

Crosby made it 3-0 with 4:10 left in the middle period as he got the puck on a rebound off the end boards and put it in off Halak’s left hip from behind the goal line for his 15th.

New York had a two-man advantage for 1:16 late in the second, but couldn’t get anything past Jarry on a pair of scrambles in close.

Pittsburgh outshot New York 13-8 in the first period. The Penguins were outshot 7-1 over the first 9 1/2 minutes before picking up the intensity.

Halak made a nice shoulder save on Kessel with about 10 1/2 minutes to go and Crosby hit a crossbar a little more than 30 seconds later.

Jarry had a stellar sliding save on an attempt by Casey Cizikas on an Islanders 3-on-1 break with 1 1/2 minutes left to keep it scoreless.

NOTES: Islanders D Johnny Boychuk missed his fifth straight game due to a lower-body injury, but could return Sunday against New Jersey. … Islanders assistant coach Luke Richardson and his wife, Stephanie, took part in a ceremonial puck drop on Mental Health Awareness Night. The Richardsons started a Do It For Daron initiative in memory of their daughter, Daron, who committed suicide in 2010. … The Islanders are 1 for 18 on the power play over their last six games. … Malkin has six goals and 11 points in his last 10 games. … Crosby had his first four-point game of the season. … Jarry’s other shutout was a 4-0 win at Buffalo on Dec. 1, when he made 34 saves.

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