8-goal 2nd period lifts Penguins to 10-2 victory over Sharks


PITTSBURGH -- Mario Lemieux, Jamie Leach and Bob Errey each scored twice, as the Pittsburgh Penguins got a team-record eight goals in the second period and routed the San Jose Sharks, 10-2, last night.

Of the 18 skaters the Penguins dressed, all but defensemen Jim Paek and Peter Taglianetti had at least one point. In two games against the expansion Sharks, the Stanley Cup champion Penguins have outscored San Jose, 18-2.

The Penguins are 6-1-2 in their past nine home games. The Sharks are 1-16-1 on the road this season.

The Penguins' previous record for goals in a period was seven against the St. Louis Blues on Nov. 22, 1972.

At least one Pittsburgh player felt sympathy for the Sharks. Joe Mullen's brother, Brian, plays for San Jose.

"I felt bad for my brother being over there," Mullen said. "On the other hand, nobody's going to let up, either. You just try to go out and do the same things you've been doing."

"It's a tough situation," Errey said. "If you try to let up or slow down, that's where injuries can happen. You just have to go out and play the same way you have been playing."

Pittsburgh led, 2-0, when Joe Mullen scored 36 seconds into the second period just as a power play expired. Bob Errey followed with a goal at 4 minutes, 45 seconds, and the Sharks' streak of killing 27 penalties ended with Lemieux's power-play goal at 9:56.

Mark Recchi, Jiri Hrdina and Jamie Leach scored in a span of less than two minutes. Kevin Stevens got his 25th at 17:45 and goalie Jarmo Myllys fumbled Errey's soft shot into the net at 18:30 for the eighth goal.

Brian Hayward replaced Myllys at the start of the third period.

Sharks coach George Kingston said he didn't make a goaltending change earlier because Hayward was scheduled to start the Sharks' next game, tomorrow in St. Louis.

San Jose 0 0 2 -- 2

Pittsburgh 2 8 0 -- 10

First period--1, Pittsburgh, Leach 3 (Bourque, Roberts), 3:18. 2, Pittsburgh, Lemieux 21 (Roberts), 12:37 (sh).

Second period--3, Pittsburgh, J.Mullen 15 (Stevens, Coffey), :36. 4, Pittsburgh, Errey 8 (J.Mullen, Stanton), 4:45. 5, Pittsburgh, Lemieux 22 (Recchi, Jagr), 9:56 (pp). 6, Pittsburgh, Recchi 17 (Loney), 11:15. 7, Pittsburgh, Hrdina 3 (Stevens, Jagr), 12:26. 8, Pittsburgh, Leach 4 (Murphy, Priestlay), 13:05. 9, Pittsburgh, Stevens 25 (Lemieux), 17:45. 10, Pittsburgh, Errey 9 (J.Mullen, Francis), 18:30.

Third period--11, San Jose, Fenton 4 (Williams), 12:16. 12, San Jose, Berezan 5 (Bruce, Williams), 14:48.

Shots on goal--San Jose 7-16-11--34. Pittsburgh 16-17-9--42. Power-play opportunities--San Jose 0 of 2; Pittsburgh 1 of 4. Goalies--San Jose, Myllys, 1-8-0 (33 shots-23 saves), Hayward (0:00 third, 9-9). Pittsburgh, Young, 3-1-0 (34-32). A--16,164.

Islanders 4, Whalers 2

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Benoit Hogue scored two goals, as New York scored four straight times to continue its strong road play.

The Islanders, 5-1-1 in their past seven road games, were dominated for the first halves of the opening two periods, but the score was tied 2-2 at the start of the third.

Hogue scored a fluke goal 3:33 into the third period to give the Islanders their first lead. Jeff Finley's slap shot from the left point missed the net, but the puck bounced to Hogue at the right of the net and he lifted a shot that banked in off goalie Peter Sidorkiewicz's glove.

"When we're home we have more things to think about," Islanders captain Pat Flatley said. "When we get on the road, we just have total concentration. But I don't think there's any one key to point to why we're winning on the road."

Steve Thomas added an insurance goal, and Adam Creighton scored the Islanders' other goal. Pat Verbeek and Bobby Holik scored first-period goals, as the Whalers jumped to a 2-0 lead.

It was the second time in 15 chances that the Whalers couldn't hold a two-goal lead. But it was typical of the way the Whalers have played in going 2-7-3 in their past 12 home games.

The Whalers' power play got only one shot on net on five power plays, their worst-in-the-league penalty-killing unit gave up one goal on four chances and Hartford failed to take advantage of its chances.

The most blatant occured in the third period with the score tied when Adam Burt missed an open net from 20 feet with goalie Steve Weeks sprawled stomach-down on the ice.

The Whalers appeared ready for a rout in the first 10 minutes when Verbeek and Holik scored. Their penalty-killing unit didn't give up a shot in its first chance, and the Islanders didn't get a shot until 7:53 into the period.

But the Islanders gained momentum when Verbeek took his second penalty 13:12 into the period. After Pat Flatley missed on an open net, Ray Ferraro picked the puck up behind the net. Hogue took the pass and fired a wrist shot that beat Sidorkiewicz on the stick side.

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