UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Jake Guentzel scored the decisive goal in the shootout to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Monday night.
Guentzel also assisted on Derick Brassard’s tying goal in the third period, helping Pittsburgh improve to 3-0-1 in its last four games. Casey DeSmith had 25 saves through regulation and overtime.
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.
DeSmith improved to 6-1-2 in his past nine starts.
NOTES: The Islanders scratched forwards Tom Kuhnhackl and Josh Ho-Sang, who was recalled from AHL Bridgeport on Sunday, and defenseman Luca Sbisa. … Pittsburgh scratched defensemen Chad Ruhwedel and Jusso Riikola and forward Patric Hornqvist.
Islanders: Host Vegas Golden Knights at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Wednesday.
Penguins: Visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.