Isles win in Pittsburgh for first time in 4 years

WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer Published:

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Frans Nielsen scored twice and the New York Islanders won in Pittsburgh for the first time in more than four years with a 5-3 victory over the Penguins on Tuesday night.

Michael Grabner, David Ullstrom and Kyle Okposo also scored, and Josh Bailey had three assists to help the Islanders end Pittsburgh's 10-game home winning streak with ease. Okposo, Ullstrom and Nielsen scored within a 6-minute span of the second period to break things open.

James Neal scored twice for the Penguins and Tyler Kennedy added a goal, but Marc-Andre Fleury gave up five goals on 18 shots before being replaced in the third by Brad Thiessen. Evgeni Malkin had two assists to boost his point total to 99, tops in the NHL.

Evgeni Nabokov stopped 30 of 32 shots before leaving after two periods with a lower-body injury. Al Montoya made the lead stand up as the Islanders provided a serious speed bump in Pittsburgh's pursuit of the Rangers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.