Crosby has two assists in 1,000th NHL game, Penguins defeat Islanders

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PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby had two assists in his 1,000th NHL game to help the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the New York Islanders 3-2 at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday.

Kris Letang scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the third period for the Penguins (9-6-1), who have won four of their past five games. Tristan Jarry made 33 saves.

Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson scored, and Semyon Varlamov made 15 saves for the Islanders (8-6-3), who also lost 4-1 to the Penguins on Thursday. They have lost two in a row following an eight-game point streak.

Letang gave Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead on a wrist shot from the high slot at 13:34 after Mike Matheson tied it 2-2 at 7:35 of the third period.

Nelson scored for a second straight game to give New York a 2-1 lead when he sent a wrist shot through traffic 53 seconds into the third period. He had one goal in his previous 11 games before scoring against Pittsburgh on Thursday.

Letang put the Penguins ahead 1-0 at 12:35 of the second period when Evgeni Malkin set him up for a one-timer on a power play.

Crosby, who is the first to play 1,000 games for the Penguins, had an assist on each of Letang’s goals.

Pittsburgh was outshot 23-10 when Letang scored his first goal, and 26-12 entering the third period.

Eberle tied it 1-1 at 15:28 of the second when he went forehand-to-backhand for his seventh goal of the season.

Malkin temporarily left after spinning off Islanders forward Mathew Barzal and tumbling into the boards at 13:55 of the first period. He finished his shift and went to the bench before retreating to the locker room shortly after but returned to the bench about five minutes into the second.

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