UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Ilya Sorokin made 20 saves for his second straight shutout, and the New York Islanders defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-0 at Nassau Coliseum on Sunday.
It was Sorokin’s fifth NHL start and first start since Feb. 16, when he made 20 saves in a 3-0 win at the Buffalo Sabres.
Oliver Wahlstrom had a goal and an assist for the Islanders (11-6-4), who salvaged a split of a two-game set and are the only NHL team without a regulation loss at home (7-0-2). Josh Bailey had two assists.
Casey DeSmith made 28 saves for the Penguins (11-8-1), who lost for the first time in their past five games against New York. Pittsburgh won 4-3 in overtime here Saturday.
Wahlstrom gave New York a 1-0 lead on the power play when he one-timed Nick Leddy‘s pass at the left circle at 19:20 of the first period. The goal extended Wahlstrom’s point streak to four games (two goals, two assists).
The Penguins did not have a shot on goal until Sorokin made a glove save on Pierre-Olivier Joseph‘s chance from the left circle at 15:51 of the first period.
Jared McCann nearly tied it for Pittsburgh in the opening minute of the second period, but his one-timer off a face-off in the left circle hit the goal post.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau made it 2-0 at 14:56 of the second when he one-timed Bailey’s feed from the right circle for a power-play goal.
Sorokin preserved the two-goal lead late in the second period with pad saves against Sidney Crosby at 18:11 and Jake Guentzel at 18:36 during a Penguins power play.