PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby picked up the touch pass from Jarome Iginla near center ice and sprinted toward the New York Islanders' net.
Broken jaw or no broken jaw, the Pittsburgh Penguins' captain had only one destination in mind. It hardly mattered three Islanders — defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky and Thomas Hickey and goaltender Evgeni Nabokov — were in the way.
A handful of powerful strides, a little tap to keep the puck out of danger and one wicked wrist shot later, Crosby was in the corner celebrating and the Islanders were reeling.
Crosby's eye-popping goal provided the exclamation point in a 4-0 win in Game 5 on Thursday night as the Penguins took a 3-2 series lead.
In typical Crosby fashion, he downplayed the brilliance of his third goal of the playoffs. When someone pointed out it was reminiscent of a similar play by Hall of Famer and Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux against the Islanders 25 years ago — a moment frozen in time with a statue outside the Consol Energy Center — Crosby just laughed.
"His was much nicer than mine," Crosby said. "He went through guys and stickhandled through them and stickhandled around the goalie, too. I had a few less moves and a pretty basic shot, but I'll take the goal anytime it goes in."
So will the Penguins, who restored order to the series behind Crosby, backup goaltender Tomas Vokoun and seldom-used forward Tyler Kennedy.
Vokoun stopped 31 shots in his first playoff start in six years while Kennedy broke a scoreless tie with a breakaway goal 7:25 into the second period, validating coach Dan Bylsma's decision to insert him into the lineup for the first time in the postseason.
"Whenever you score a goal it helps your confidence; but I'm just focused on helping the team," Kennedy said. "If it's scoring a goal that's fine. If it's making a hit or whatever or keeping it simple, I'm just trying to help the team win right now."
Doug Murray and Kris Letang also scored for Pittsburgh, who chased New York goaltender Evgeni Nabokov after Letang's goal made it 4-0 early in the third period. Nabokov spent the final 14-plus minutes on the bench wondering what awaits back on Long Island.
So will the rest of the Islanders, who saw their momentum come to a screeching halt.
"We've got to make it tough on them," New York forward John Tavares said. "We didn't do that enough tonight."
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