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Sykora's late goal lifts Penguins over Islanders

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- The depleted Pittsburgh Penguins' offense

was able to find a way to reward Marc-Andre Fleury's strong


Petr Sykora snapped a scoreless tie with 2:28 remaining in the

third period, lifting the Penguins to a 1-0 triumph over the New

York Islanders on Wednesday.

Fleury made 21 saves to help Pittsburgh win for third time in

four contests despite missing captain Sidney Crosby, who is

sidelined with a sore groin.

The 24-year-old Fleury turned aside six shots in the first

period, 11 in the second and four in the third to secure his

third shutout of the season and 14th career.

Yann Danis stopped 27 shots for the Islanders, who have dropped

eight of 10.

Sykora converted passes from defenseman Sergei Gonchar and

All-Star Evgeni Malkin in the waning minutes of regulation,

firing a wrist shot from the slot that sailed by Danis.

Fleury entered having surrendered 21 goals in his previous five

games, but he shrugged off his struggles at the expense of the

last-place team in the Eastern Conference.

Prior to blanking the New Jersey Devils, 4-0, on Saturday, New

York had not scored more than three goals since January 29.



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