The Pittsburgh Penguins will have a new look in goal for Game 5. Tomas Vokoun gets the nod tonight in place of Marc-Andre Fleury. This will be Vokoun’s first playoff game since April 20, 2007. In that game, Vokoun stopped 34 of 37 shots in a 3-2 loss.
The New York Islanders lost two early leads in Game Four. However, they also overcame two deficits in the game as well eventually taking Game Four, 6-4 to even up the series at two games apiece.
“I wasn’t sure if I would ever get a chance to play again in the playoffs. It’s nice to have the chance. You play hockey to be in this moment. You don’t play hockey for morning skates and taking shots.”.”
NEWS AND NOTES
Pittsburgh is 21-19 all-time in Game Five – including a 14-7 mark at home.
When a series is tied at 2-2, the Penguins have a record of 10-8 in Game Five (best of seven formats only).
Vokoun went 3-0 with a 0.90 goals-against average, a .970 save percentage and one shutout against the Islanders during the regular season.
The Penguin’s streak of eight-straight postseason games scoring a power-play goal came to a close when they went 0-for-2 in Game Four.
Evgeni Malkin has eight points (two goals, six assists) in the series.
Jarome Iginla has seven points in the first four games (1G, 6A).
Pittsburgh will be without their best faceoff guy of the series, Jussi Jokinen 64.9%, and without their biggest shot blocker, Mark Eaton (14) tonight.
John Tavares has two goals and two assists in the past three games.
Casey Cizikas had a goal and two assists in Game Four and has four points in the series.
New York has lost nine-straight Game Five’s dating back to 1988.
Mark Streit became the first Islanders defenseman in 30 years to score two goals in a postseason game.
PROJECTED ISLANDERS LINEUP
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