Letang scores in OT, Penguins defeat Islanders

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Kris Letang scored his second goal with 26 seconds remaining in overtime to help the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the New York Islanders 4-3 at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday.

Letang sent a wrist shot off the stick blade of New York center Jean-Gabriel Pageau and in blocker side. Each of Letang’s four goals this season have been against the Islanders. He has seven points (four goals, three assists) on a four-game point streak, including two goals and an assist Saturday.

Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, and Tristan Jarry made 24 saves for the Penguins (11-7-1), who have won four of their past five games.

Brock Nelson had a goal and an assist, and Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves for the Islanders (10-6-4), who had won their previous two games after being swept in a two-game set against the Penguins on Feb. 18 and 20.

The teams will play again in New York on Sunday.

In his return from missing seven games with a lower-body injury, Jared McCann tied it 3-3 with a one-timer set up by Evgeni Malkin on a 2-on-1 18 seconds into the third period.

Josh Bailey ended a 10-game goal drought with a one-timer from the slot to give New York a 3-2 lead at 14:51 of the second period. It was Bailey’s second goal of the season.

Crosby and Letang scored 26 seconds apart after Nelson put the Islanders ahead 1-0 at 18:40 of the first period and Oliver Wahlstrom made it 2-0 at 1:34 of the second. Nelson redirected a pass from Wahlstrom to score in a third straight game against the Penguins, and a wrist shot from Mathew Barzal went off Penguins defenseman John Marino‘s stick and in glove side.

Crosby cut it to 2-1 at 2:17 with a slap shot after Varlamov fell in the crease on a power play.

Letang tied it 2-2 on a one-timer set up by Kasperi Kapanen at 2:43 of the second.

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