Pittsburgh extended their winning run to 15 games despite losing Sidney Crosby to an injury
Last Updated: 31/03/13 8:08am
Sidney Crosby: Big loss for Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins shrugged off the early loss of Sidney Crosby to record a 2-0 win over the New York Islanders to extend their winning run to 15 games.
Skipper Crosby left the ice with just 1:28 on the clock in the first period after taking a puck in the face when a shot by team-mate Brooks Orpik took a deflection off a stick.
The injury will be a concern for the Penguins as the NHL scoring leader has endured problems with concussions in the past, missing the final 41 games of 2011 and most of the following regular season.
On the night, Crosby's absence made little difference to Pittsburgh, who went 15-0-0 in March, the first perfect month in league history.
The match remained scoreless through two periods before Matt Cooke broke the deadlock with a wrister at 8:10 in the third after Deryk Engelland shot was parried.
The goal came after an authoritative defensive display orchestrated by Cooke to kill-off an extended 5-3 penalty advantage for the Islanders.
James Neal wrapped up the win at 13:04 while back-up goalie Tomas Vokoun made 35 saves as the Penguins moved with two wins of the NHL record of 17 straight set by Mario Lemieux's Penguins in the 1992-93 season.