Brooks Orpik scored 7:49 into overtime, and the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame three one-goal deficits in Game 6 to eliminate the New York Islanders from the NHL Eastern Conference playoffs.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Brooks Orpik scored 7:49 into overtime, and the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame three one-goal deficits in Game 6 to eliminate the New York Islanders with a 4-3 victory Saturday night.
Orpik, who had never scored in 77 previous playoff games, took a shot from the left point that might have clipped Islanders forward Brad Boyes on its way past goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.
“Felt great, of course, to score,” Orpik said. “I don’t score too many.”
The top-seeded Penguins advanced to face the Ottawa Senators in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs despite being outshot 38-21 in their last game against the Islanders.
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The Islanders were 5:16 away from sending the best-of-seven first-round series back to Pittsburgh for one more game when Paul Martin got the Penguins even.
Evgeni Malkin assisted on the tying and winning goals.
“We got everything we could have handled,” Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun said. “They played great and it was a tough series.”