Hunwick leads Penguins to overtime win against Islanders 4-3

Matt Hunwick scored 1:29 into overtime

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – Matt Hunwick scored 1:29 into overtime, lifting the Pittsburgh Penguins over the New York Islanders 4-3 on Thursday night.

Pittsburgh led 3-1 in the third period, but the Islanders tied it with goals in the final 4:53. Hunwick ended the game with his third of the season by pushing one in during a scramble in front of the net.

Phil Kessel got his team-leading 14th goal on a power play, and Jake Guentzel and Riley Sheahan also scored for Pittsburgh. Rookie Tristan Jarry made 23 saves. Pittsburgh has won five of six since a three-game losing streak.

Jordan Eberle got his 12th goal for New York, and Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson each got their eighth in the third period. Nelson tied it with 1:10 left. Jaroslav Halak stopped 28 shots.

New York has lost three of four since a four-game winning streak.

Jarry made a stick save on Josh Bailey during a breakaway in overtime.

Kessel and Sheahan scored 32 seconds apart midway through the third period, briefly giving Pittsburgh a 3-1 lead. Kessel sent wrist shot over Halak’s glove and into the top corner from the left faceoff dot 7:29 into the period. Soon after, Halak left his crease but misplayed a clearing attempt, allowing Sheahan to take advantage. Sheahan found the top corner, beating Halak to the blocker side with a wrist shot for a goal on his 26th birthday.

Barzal beat Jarry with a wrist shot from the slot, and then Nelson tied it. Thomas Hickey put the initial shot on goal, and Nelson converted the rebound from atop the crease.

Guentzel opened the scoring with a power-play goal, tipping Kris Letang’s point shot behind Halak. Guentzel scored again later in the period, but the goal was disallowed because he batted the puck into the net with his hand.

The Penguins have at least one power-play goal in seven of their last eight games. The Islanders have allowed 13 power-play goals in their last nine games.

The Islanders tied it at 5:53 of the second when Eberle flipped a rebound over a sprawled Jarry from the right side of the crease during a net-mouth scramble.

The Penguins and Islanders both played without top defensemen. Pittsburgh’s Justin Schultz was placed on injured reserve and is expected to miss a couple weeks with a lower-body injury. Johnny Boychuk missed for the Islanders with a lingering undisclosed injury that isn’t believed to be serious.

NOTES: Penguins G Matt Murray skated in full pads and took shots from goalie coach Mike Buckley before the morning skate. Murray missed his fourth game with a lower-body injury. … Kessel has a point in 23 of 30 games for Pittsburgh this season. … Penguins F Sidney Crosby has at least one point in nine of his last 11 games, while Evgeni Malkin has points in all four games since missing four games with an upper-body injury. They each had one assist Thursday. … Casey Cizikas returned for the Islanders after missing four games with a lower-body injury. He replaced Alan Quine in the lineup at fourth-line center. … Penguins D Frank Corrado, who was recalled for Schultz, was scratched.

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