Pittsburgh Penguins return to the playoffs for the 16th consecutive season

PITTSBURGH Jake GuentzelTwo times. Sidney CrosbyThe goal was also set. Pittsburgh PenguinsThe 16th straight season saw a 6-3 win over the opponents to earn a playoff berth New York IslandersThursday night

Guentzel and Crosby scored their 36th and 37th goals, respectively, as the Penguins maintained the longest active postseason streaks among major North American professional sporting teams.

Danton HeinenWith his 16th goal, he reached a career-high. Kris LetangAnd Brock McGinnPittsburgh also scored, tied Calgary for the seventh longest playoff streak in NHL history since 1967. Tristan JarryFor the Penguins, which have won two out of three overall, he made 36 saves. Pittsburgh has scored 11 points and won 15 of its 17 games against the Islanders.

Zach Parise, Anders LeeAnd Zdeno CharaScored for the Islanders who lost three of their last five games following a four game winning streak. Ilya Sorokin22 shots stopped

Pittsburgh scored twice in nine minutes for an early lead.

Letang beat Sorokin 4:59, with a wrist shot to the left point. Heinen scored on a breakout at 8:52.

Heinen, who took a lead from the referee and just left the penalty area after a slashing decision, has just been released. Brian BoyleWith a shot between his legs, he beat Sorokin. Heinen has scored in seven of the 10 career games against Islanders. Boyle has scored in nine of the last ten home games. Teddy BluegerWith a secondary assist, he set a career record for points.

Parise reduced the deficit to half at 5:51 in the second period. He was awarded a pass by Mathew BarzalJarry sent a shot in the back to send the Islanders off the rush.

Guentzel gained back Pittsburgh's two-goal lead in the second at 12:10. Guentzel took a pass by Crosby on a two-on-1 and beat Sorokin using a blocker-side wrist shot.

After New York's neutral-zone turnover, Pittsburgh's fourth goal was scored by Crosby and Guentzel at 10:44 in third period. The two played a smooth passing sequence on a two-on-1 before Crosby completed it with a close shot. This was the final goal of the third period and cements Pittsburgh's return in the playoffs.

This report was contributed by The Associated Press.

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