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PITTSBURGH -- Tomas Vokoun had forgotten what it was like to start in the playoffs. Vapormax Kopen . Tyler Kennedy wondered if hed ever get the chance again. Thats never an issue for Sidney Crosby, who followed the lead of his decidedly less-heralded teammates to establish a bit of order to the Pittsburgh Penguins first-round series with the New York Islanders. Vokoun stopped 31 shots in his first post-season appearance in six years, Kennedy broke a scoreless tie with a sizzling breakaway and Crosby delivered another magical goal in a career stuffed with them. The Penguins beat the Islanders 4-0 in Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. Kris Letang and Doug Murray also scored for Pittsburgh, which finally looked like the team that rolled to the best record in the Eastern Conference during the regular season. Game 6 is Saturday in New York. Another 60 minutes like the Penguins put together on Thursday and a Game 7 wont be required. "They played harder than us," New York coach Jack Capuano said. "The better team won tonight. They deserved the hockey game." One the Penguins desperately needed after the Islanders evened the series 2-2 with a wild 6-4 victory in Game 4 that appeared to have the top seed reeling. Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma grew so frustrated watching eighth-seeded New York overwhelm goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury that Bylsma benched the Stanley Cup winner -- who had made 79 consecutive playoff starts -- in favour of Vokoun, a 36-year-old journeyman who has never made it out of the first round of the post-season in his career. Vokoun is three periods away now after shutting out the Islanders for the second time this season. Not bad for a guy starting his first playoff game since April 20, 2007 while playing for Nashville. "I was a little bit nervous the whole day; you wouldnt be human if you werent," Vokoun said. It didnt look like it once the puck dropped. Vokoun didnt budge when the Islanders dominated the first period, turning aside 14 shots in the first 20 minutes as the Penguins tried to gain their bearings with a new lineup designed to cut down New Yorks speed advantage. Though Bylsmas biggest change was inserting Vokoun in place of Fleury, he also scratched defenceman Mark Eaton and forwards Jussi Jokinen and Tanner Glass in favour of younger, quicker skaters Simon Despres, Joe Vitale and Kennedy. The moves paid off handsomely. Kennedy, squeezed out of the rotation by the influx of veterans brought in at the trade deadline, gave the Penguins the confidence boost they needed 7:25 into the second period. The play began innocently enough in Pittsburghs end before Letang hit Kennedy with a pinpoint 80-foot stretch pass right up the middle of the ice. Kennedy greedily accepted the puck at New Yorks blue line, then flipped a wrist shot over Evgeni Nabokovs glove to give Pittsburgh the lead. The score seemed to rattle Nabokov. Murray loped in a lazy wrist shot from the point that Nabokov tried to glove only to have the puck slip out of his left hand, over his back and into the net. There was nothing fluky about Crosbys third goal of the series, a masterpiece that ranks among the more dazzling plays of his already highlight-heavy career. The Pittsburgh captain, still wearing a cumbersome mask to protect his broken jaw, took a pass from teammate Jarome Iginla at centre ice then effortlessly split New York defenders Lubomir Visnovsky and Thomas Hickey. Crosby crossed the blue line and poked the puck ahead as the defencemen closed in, lifting his stick before stepping through a pair of flailing poke checks. Nabokov didnt have a chance as the wrist shot zipped over the goaltenders stick to push the lead to 3-0. Theres a statue outside Consol Energy Center commemorating a similar goal by Hall of Famer and team co-owner Mario Lemieux. The bronze sculpture shows Lemieux slicing through two Islanders defenders in 1988 on his way to the net. Crosby downplayed any similarities. "His was much nicer than mine," Crosby said. "He went through guys and stickhandled through them and stickhandled around the goalie, too. I had a few less moves and a pretty basic shot, but Ill take the goal anytime it goes in." The Islanders never recovered. While they kept Vokoun busy, he was rarely outnumbered as Pittsburgh cut down on the turnovers that led to a seemingly endless flurry of odd-man rushes by the Islanders in Games 2-4. "We didnt do a great job of helping Marc out," Crosby said. "We wanted to make sure we did a better job in front of our goalie." When New York did manage to get deep, Vokoun didnt falter and neither did the guys in front of him as the Penguins were able to develop a consistent rhythm for the first time since a 5-0 romp in Game 1. Nabokov never located one and found himself on the bench when Letang scored on the power play 5:43 into the third period. Nabokov finished with 23 saves but spent the final 14:17 watching backup Kevin Poulin kept the Penguins off the board. The Islanders will get a chance to regroup at home on Saturday in their bid to win a playoff series for the first time in 20 years. At least Game 5 is over. New York hasnt won a Game 5 of any playoff series since 1988. "For us its two Game 7s right now starting on Saturday," New York defenceman Mark Streit said. "Weve just got to concentrate on our game, what brought us in this situation and what makes us successful. We know we have it in the room. Were a confident group." NOTES: New York played without D Andrew MacDonald, who is dealing with an upper body injury. The Islanders also scratched F Marty Reasoner and D Matt Carkner among others ... Kennedys goal was his sixth winning goal in the post-season, sixth most in Pittsburgh history. Nike Air Max 1 Heren Sale . The Dane followed up his first European Tour title last weekend with eight birdies and just a single dropped shot on Thursday for a one-stroke advantage over South Africas Allan Versfeld and Portugals Ricardo Santos. Nike Air Max 90 Leather Heren . Perez, 35, posted a 1-2 record with a 3.69 earned-run average in 19 relief appearances last season. His season ended Aug. 9 due to a torn ligament in his left elbow. Perez joins infielder Andy LaRoche and catcher Mike Nickeas with minor-league agreements for 2014 that include invitations to attend spring training. http:///...t-platinum-rood.html . Malkin got tangled up with Detroits Luke Glendening early in the third period and his left skate took the brunt of collision with the boards behind Pittsburghs net.The Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Munster, postponed after the death of Anthony Foley, has been rescheduled for January 7. The European Professional Club Rugbys decision means Racings Top 14 match against Bayonne, initially scheduled for the same weekend, will have to be pushed back to another date. We pay tribute to Munster legend Anthony Foley. Foley died at the age of 42 on the eve of Munsters match against Racing in Paris which was due to be played on 16 October. Foley died on the eve of the scheduled match with Racing The match will kick-off at Stade Yves-du-Manoir at 3.45pm and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. Hundreds of mourners turned out to pay their respects at the funeral of Anthony Foley. Nike Air Max Classic Goedkoop. 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