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NEW YORK (AP) The New York Islanders had fun again Tuesday night. Getting just their second win in the last month and beating the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions will do that.Mathew Barzal and Adam Pelech scored in the first period and the Islanders went on to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1. Anders Lee had a goal in the third period and Jordan Eberle added an empty-netter to help New York improve to 2-7-4 since Feb. 19.”This feels good Brock McGinn Jersey Kids ,” Lee said. “It’s nice to get a win. We knew we were going to come in and face a really good team that has a lot to play for and a division team we have big battles with. I thought we played a pretty good 60 minutes.”Christopher Gibson, pulled in his last start after giving up five goals on 12 shots against Washington last Thursday, stopped 36 shots and has both wins for New York during its recent stretch.The Islanders were contending for a playoff spot until the last several weeks. However, they are now likely to miss the postseason for the second straight year as they trail New Jersey by double-digit points for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference with nine games remaining.”The last month we’re obviously in a tough spot,” Barzal said. ”It could be a frustrating last 10 games here but winning is going to lift our spirits a little bit and hopefully we can make the best out of it.”Conor Sheary scored for Pittsburgh, which was 5-1-1 in its previous seven but fell four points behind first-place Washington in the tight Metropolitan Division. Columbus pulled into a tie with the Penguins for second at 87 points – Pittsburgh holds the tiebreaker over the Blue Jackets.”We beat ourselves,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. ”We didn’t defend hard. We lacked discipline. We didn’t have a good start.”Matt Murray, returning after missing nine games due to a concussion, finished with 36 saves for the Penguins.Pittsburgh, playing for the first time since winning at Montreal last Thursday www.minnesotawildteamshops.com , came in with the NHL’s best power play at 25.8 percent and went 0 for 1 against the Islanders – last in penalty-killing at 74.9 percent.”We did a really good job of staying out of the box,” New York coach Doug Weight said. ”That fuels a lot of their momentum. … They’re so gifted at the man advantage. So I like that we were disciplined in that regard.”New York led 2-0 after one period until Sheary got Pittsburgh on the scoreboard late in the second. He took a pass across the slot from Phil Kessel and one-timed it past Gibson from the right circle for his 15th with 2:46 to go on the Penguins’ 26th shot on goal.Lee got a pass from Barzal and put it past Murray from the left side for his career-high 36th at 5:41 of the third to make it 3-1. Barzal’s assist was his 55th, tying him with Nicklas Backstrom (2007-08) for the second-most by a rookie since 1995. Penguins star Sidney Crosby tops the list with 63 in 2005-06.Eberle capped the scoring with his empty-net goal, his 25th, with 2 1/2 minutes to go.Barzal got the Islanders on the board 5:10 into the game as he tipped a hard shot from the top of the right circle by Johnny Boychuk past Murray for his 20th.”When you kind of creep around 15, 16, obviously 20 is a big number and a cool number,” Barzal said. ”It’s nice to get, but at the end of the day I’m trying to grow as a player and I’m not really worrying about the numbers.”Riley Sheahan had a chance to tie it for the Penguins a little more than a minute later when he got the puck after Barzal fell down by his blue line. Sheahan skated in on Gibson, but the goalie denied his attempt from the left side.Pelech made it 2-0 with 9:27 left in the opening period as he got a pass from Tanner Fritz and fired it past Murray from straightaway for his third.NOTES: Crosby’s 13-game point streak vs. the Islanders was snapped. He had nine goals and 14 assists against them during that stretch. … Sheary got his third goal since Jan. 20 Authentic Jaccob Slavin Jersey , including two at Philadelphia on March 7. … Pittsburgh fell short of its first season sweep against the Islanders. The Penguins won the first three meetings, including two in overtime. … Islanders D Thomas Hickey played in his 400th career game. … New York D Nick Leddy celebrated his 27th birthday.UP NEXTPenguins: Host the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night in the opener of three-game homestand.Islanders: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night in the third game of a five-game homestand.—Follow Vin Cherwoo at www.twitter.com/VinCherwooAP— BOSTON (AP) — David Pastrnak helped Boston escape a first-period onslaught with a lead, then turned the next two periods into a rout.Pastrnak had three goals and an assist as the Bruins overcame a sluggish start and beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 on Saturday night.“We talked before the game that we need to be better than what we’ve shown the last couple of games,” said Pastrnak, who was held without a point Thursday night in the Bruins’ loss to Vancouver.Pastrnak and the rest of Boston’s top line bounced back nicely against the Maple Leafs.Patrice Bergeron had a goal and two assists and Brad Marchand had two assists for the Bruins, who led 1-0 after the first despite being outshot 20-6 in the opening 20 minutes.It was the second hat trick of the season and third career for Pastrnak, Boston’s 22-year-old Czech phenom who is developing into more than just a scoring threat.“He’s obviously a great talent. He’s got great smarts and he’s so good at getting open,” Bergeron said. “When you add being tenacious on the puck and winning battles that makes a big difference.”Pastrnak took sole possession of the NHL scoring lead with 15 goals after he entered in a four-way tie for the most.Jaroslav Halak stopped 40 shots for the Bruins, who ended Toronto’s three-game winning streak and handed the Maple Leafs their first road loss of the season.John Tavares scored the only goal for Toronto, and Garret Sparks finished with 29 saves.Pastrnak scored twice in the second period and added his third of the night with a one-timer from the left circle with 5:56 left to play.Joakim Nordstrom scored again for Boston just 26 seconds later to seal it for the Bruins Jordan Staal Jersey , who won the first meeting of the Original Six rivals after going 1-3 against the Maple Leafs last season.“We didn’t get it done when we had all those opportunities early,” Toronto coach Mike Babcock said.Halak got the start in the Bruins’ first game since the club granted a leave of absence to Tuukka Rask for undisclosed personal reasons. Halak stopped all 20 shots he faced in the first period, keeping the Bruins in it despite a slow start.“The shot count was in their favor by a big difference but I think in the second we evened it out pretty closely and we did a good job capitalizing on some scoring chances that we had,” Boston captain Zdeno Chara said.After Pastrnak set up Bergeron for the first goal of the game, Bergeron returned the favor 5:46 into the second with a pass from behind the net for a one-timer from the left circle to give Boston a 2-0 lead.Pastrnak made it 3-0 on a power-play goal 10:24 into the second, tipping in a shot by Marchand after a cross-ice pass from Bergeron with 36 seconds left on a hooking penalty on Toronto’s Martin Marincin.Tavares scored for Toronto with 30 seconds left in the second period.“We got off to a good start,” Toronto’s Mitch Marner said. “The second period, we gave up too many opportunities. We let them take the game to us.NOTES: Halak was pulled Thursday against Vancouver after allowing five goals on 19 shots. … The Leafs allowed their most goals since a 3-1 loss to Calgary on Oct. 29. … With Rask unavailable, the Bruins called up G Dan Vladar from AHL Providence on an emergency basis. … Bergeron’s goal in the first was the 298th of his career.UP NEXTMaple Leafs: At Los Angeles on Tuesday night.Bruins: Host Vegas on Sunday night.

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