The Islanders have evened the series, and they may have chased Marc-Andre Fleury in the process. John Tavares' third-period goal, with 9:49 to play, pulled the Isles in front and they went on to a 6-4 win Tuesday at the Coliseum, helped by the Penguins goaltender who allowed six goals on 24 shots. In a game with as many goals and breakdowns as you usually find in the preseason, Tavares put his stamp on it. Brad Boyes picked off Evgeni Malkin's clearing attempt and fed Tavares, whose first shot was stopped by Fleury. But Tavares grabbed the rebound and slid the puck home to give the Isles the lead. The Isles made it to the finish line of Game 4 with some hairy moments -- Andrew MacDonald left the game midway through the second with an upper body injury, forcing the Isles to rotate five defensemen, though more like four with Matt Carkner not seeing many shifts late. And the game got quite nasty, with Matt Martin and Matt Cooke exchanging punches near the Isles bench and Brenden Morrow driving Casey Cizikas' head into the ice during a scrum. Cizikas' one-handed shot banked off Fleury's stick and in with 1:16 to go, ending the scoring in a wild game. At the final horn, a melee ensured, with even Sidney Crosby -- who was held without a point -- in the middle of players shoving.
Islanders even up series with Penguins with 6-4 win
Newsday | May 8