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Isles escape Penguins after blowing three-goal lead

NEW YORK — Anders Lee scored the tiebreaking goal with 27 seconds remaining to lift the Islanders to a 5-3 victory over the Penguins on Wednesday night.

Thomas Hickey fired a slap shot from the point that deflected off Lee's stick and past goalie Matt Murray to help the Islanders recover after giving up a three-goal lead in the third period.

With Murray pulled on the ensuing faceoff, Nikolay Kulemin scored into the empty net 3 seconds later to give the Islanders consecutive victories for the second time this season.

The Islanders tied the league record for fastest two goals by one team. The St. Louis Eagles did it in 1935, and the Wild did it in 2004.

Johnny Boychuk, Jason Chimera and Casey Cizikas also scored for the Islanders, and Thomas Greiss made 31 saves. They led 3-0 after two periods.

Conor Sheary, Justin Schultz and Evgeni Malkin scored in the first 13:08 of the third period for the Penguins. Murray finished with 25 saves while starting for the third time in four games.

The Islanders had not scored more than two goals in their last eight games, including a 3-2, 14-round shootout win at Anaheim on Nov. 22.

The Penguins came out aggressively in the third and quickly got on the scoreboard when Sheary knocked in a rebound past Greiss 32 seconds in. Phil Kessel had a breakaway a minute later but was stoned by Greiss.

Schultz pulled the Penguins within one when he skated in across the left faceoff circle and fired a shot top shelf with 9:20 remaining. Malkin then tied it with a wrister past Greiss 2:28 later with his ninth of the season.

Pittsburgh was 0-for-3 on the power play and has not scored in 16 opportunities over the past five games.

Forward Patric Hornqvist returned for the Penguins after missing six games due to a concussion.

GAme highlights: The host Flames scored three times in the first period and Chad Johnson made 39 saves to earn his third shutout in his past eight starts as Calgary beat the Maple Leafs 3-0.

Around the league: Senators goaltender Craig Anderson has taken a leave of absence from the team while his wife is being treated for a rare form of throat cancer. Anderson isn't expected to be available for Ottawa's game tonight against visiting Philadelphia, the team said. Nicholle Anderson has been diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a cancer that starts in the upper part of the throat behind the nose and near the base of skull. She is being treated at the Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Mike Condon and recently recalled Andrew Hammond will take on the goaltending duties in Anderson's absence. … The Avalanche placed forward Gabriel Landeskog on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. The move is retroactive to Nov. 15. Coach Jared Bednar said he hoped the team's captain is more "day-to-day than week-to-week."

Isles escape Penguins after blowing three-goal lead 11/30/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 11:20pm]
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