Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Penguins made some changes in
their lineup for Thursday's contest, and it worked out spectacularly for them.
Playing his first playoff game in six years, Tomas Vokoun stopped 31 shots for
his second playoff shutout while Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang each gave a
goal and an assist to lead the Penguins in a 4-0 win over the New York
Islanders in Game 5 of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
Vokoun, who hadn't been in the pipes in the postseason since 2007 with
Nashville, replaced an ineffective Marc-Andre Fleury, who had given up 14
goals in the past three games after posting a shutout in Game 1.
Also, the team benched Tanner Glass, Jussi Jokinen and Mark Eaton, with Simon
Despres, Tyler Kennedy and Joe Vitale taking their spots on the ice.
Kennedy, who had a rough regular season with just six goals and 11 points in
46 games, scored the first goal of the game while Douglas Murray also lit the
lamp for the Penguins, who now lead this best-of-seven series, 3-2.
Evgeni Nabokov was touched for all four goals on 27 shots in the loss for the
Islanders, who will have to take Game 6 at home on Saturday if they want to
stay in the playoffs. Kevin Poulin played the final 14 minutes after the
fourth goal and stopped all four shots he faced.
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