The Pittsburgh Penguins needed a huge performance in Game 5 in order to avoid heading back to the New York Islanders home ice down 3-2. With a crucial game and a virtually must-win situation, the Penguins delivered in front of their home fans at CONSOL Energy Center in a big way.
Both sides got off to a slow start in the first period, but the second period is when the Penguins took over the game thanks to three goals from Tyler Kennedy, Douglas Murray and the one and only Sidney Crosby.
The Pens took that three-goal period in to the final period and never looked back.
A power play goal from Kris Letang gave the Penguins a 4-0 lead with time winding down.
In goal, Tomas Vokoun answered the call to duty in exactly the way the Penguins were hoping. The veteran goalkeeper relied on his experience and was able to pitch the shut out by stopping all 31 of the Islanders shots. It was the second postseason shutout of Vokoun’s career.
Vokoun’s performance was a much needed boost in the net after Marc-Andre Fleury gave up an embarrassing 14-goals in the past three games.
The Penguins and Islanders will return to action on Saturday from the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. Pittsburgh needs just one ore win to send the Islanders out of the postseason.