The last time the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders met, Pittsburgh’s backup goalie was able to steal the show. Jeff Zatkoff wasn’t able to steal any of Tomas Vokoun’s magic as his Penguins gave way to the Islanders once again. More than any other team in the NHL, the super-powered Pens have had issues with the Islanders.
New York gave Pittsburgh all that it could handle in the first round in 2013. They created a goalie controversy in Pittsburgh and managed to push a superior on-paper team to a sixth game. The Isles once again out-gunned a superior on-paper team and exposed Zatkoff in just his second career start.
While it’s just one early regular-season win, the question has to be asked at this point: Are the Islanders a kryptonite to a Penguins team that should, for all intents and purposes, not have an issue beating New York?
The cat calls from Pittsburgh’s faithful may be something along the lines of “well, the Islanders don’t win that game with Marc-Andre Fleury in net. The thing is though, the Pens have already been pushed around a bit with MAF tending goal for them. At this juncture, how the Penguins respond on November 22 will be something worth keeping an eye on.
That’s the next time that these two teams will meat up. And thanks the next time the Islanders have a chance to down the Superman Penguins.