Penguins drop Islanders 4-0 to regain series lead

Sidney Crosby, Tyler Kennedy and Douglas Murray scored during a seven-minute stretch in the second period and Kris Letang added a power-play goal in the

The Islanders will not have to win Saturday in order to proceed in the playoffs.

The Islanders will not have to win Saturday in order to proceed in the playoffs. (5/10/13)

PITTSBURGH - Tomas Vokoun stopped 31 shots in his first playoff start in six years and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Islanders 4-0 on Thursday night in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.

Sidney Crosby, Tyler Kennedy and Douglas Murray scored during a seven-minute stretch in the second period and Kris Letang added a power-play goal in the third as Pittsburgh moved a step closer to advancing to the second round.

The Penguins lead the series 3-2. Game 6 is Saturday in New York.

Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves for the Islanders, but also gave up breakaway goals to Crosby and Kennedy and botched a lazy wrist shot from Murray that gave the Penguins all the offense they would need.

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