James Neal staked Pittsburgh to an early lead, and Marc-Andre Fleury and the rest of the Penguins held on to beat the New York Islanders, 4-2, Tuesday night in Uniondale, N.Y.
Pittsburgh looked plenty comfortable when it took a 3-0 lead 1:44 into the third period on Brandon Sutter’s goal, but the Islanders suddenly stormed back just as it seemed they would be shut out at home for the second straight game.
Michael Grabner began the comeback at 3:14, and Brad Boyes — moved up to the top line for this game — made it 3-2 just 35 seconds later when he flung a shot past Fleury, who was sprawled on the ice.
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma called timeout and settled down his club, which won its fourth straight dating to a home loss against the Islanders last Tuesday. Defenseman Simon Despres added a second-period goal for Pittsburgh.
Pascal Dupuis finally put away the Islanders with an empty-net goal with 39 seconds left.
The Islanders’ offensive woes came as a surprise. New York had scored at least four goals in five of its first seven games this season before being blanked by New Jersey on Sunday.
Pittsburgh made the most of limited pressure on Evgeni Nabokov. The Penguins were being outshot, 23-10, at the time of Despres’s goal with four minutes left in the middle period that made it 2-0.
Maple Leafs 3, Capitals 2 — James Van Riemsdyk scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season and Korbinian Holzer scored on just the fourth shot of his NHL career, leading Toronto over host Washington.
Ben Scrivens made 24 saves for the Maple Leafs, who broke a two-game losing streak.
Devils 3, Rangers 1 — David Clarkson scored twice and set up New Jersey’s other goal, and Pat Elias matched his career best with three assists to lead the victory over visiting New York in their first meeting since last spring’s Eastern Conference finals.
Kings 4, Blue Jackets 2 — Mike Richards provided late insurance with his first goal of the season and Jonathan Quick stopped 18 shots to lead Los Angeles in Columbus.
Flyers 2, Lightning 1 — Tom Sestito scored his first two goals in three years to lead host Philadelphia over Tampa Bay.
Flames 4, Red Wings 1 — Dennis Wideman had a goal and an assist to lead visiting Calgary past Detroit.
Jets 3, Panthers 2 — Bryan Little scored on a power play in overtime to lift host Winnipeg. Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart also scored for the Jets.
Blackhawks 5, Sharks 3 — Patrick Kane scored the go-ahead goal and added an empty-netter to lift Chicago in San Jose.
Senators 4, Sabres 3 — Chris Neil scored what turned out to be the winning goal in the second period and Craig Anderson made 20 saves as host Ottawa hung on for a victory against Buffalo.
Predators 6, Blues 1 — Martin Erat had a goal and two assists, Pekka Rinne stopped 31 shots and Nashville broke out of a season-long scoring slump with three first-period goals on the way to victory in St. Louis.