PITTSBURGH — Tristan Jarry made 31 saves to help the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the New York Islanders 4-1 at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday.
Sidney Crosby scored in his 999th NHL game, and Jason Zucker and Bryan Rust each had a goal and an assist for the Penguins (8-6-1), who have won three of four and did not trail in a game for the first time this season.
Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves for the Islanders (8-5-3), who had their eight-game point streak end.
Crosby put Pittsburgh ahead 1-0 at 4:15 of the first period. Kasperi Kapanen stole the puck from Brock Nelson in the left face-off circle and turned for a wrist shot that deflected off Crosby’s stick.
After Pittsburgh failed to extend the lead on a 5-on-3 that lasted 1:13 midway through the second period, Teddy Blueger made it 2-0 at 18:01. Mike Matheson shot off the end boards and followed it with a wrist shot that produced a rebound to Blueger, who was left all alone by Noah Dobson and shot into an open net.
Cal Clutterbuck nearly cut it to 2-1 on a 2-on-1 while shorthanded, but he shot off the crossbar after taking a backhand pass from Jean-Gabriel Pageau 31 seconds into the third period.
Zucker pushed the lead to 3-0 at 9:11 of the third with a one-timer from the top of the crease after receiving a pass Rust sent a pass from behind the net.
Nelson cut it to 3-1 by tipping in a centering pass from Josh Bailey on a power play at 15:39 before Rust scored an empty-net goal for the 4-1 final at 16:54.