Tomas Vokoun, seeing his first playoff action since 2007, stopped all 31 shots he faced after he replaced Marc-Andre Fleury in goal for game five of Pittsburgh’s tied Stanley Cup Playoff series with the New York Islanders, led the Penguins to a 4-0 shutout win over New York on Thursday night at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
Vokoun was 13-4 with three shutouts in the regular season, but had not seen action in the Pens’ first four postseason games this year. He had last played in the net in a Stanley Cup game six years ago with the Nashville Predators.
A barrage of three Pittsburgh goals in a span of 6:35 in the second period was kicked off by Tyler Kennedy, who was also seeing his first action of the playoffs for the Penguins. Joe Vitale and Simon Despres also were activated, while Fleury was benched and Jussi Jokinen, Mark Eaton and Tanner Glass were “scratched.”
Douglas Murray, Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang also scored for Pittsburgh. Evgeni Nabokov took the loss in goal for the Islanders with 23 saves in 27 opportunities.
The NHL has scheduled game six of the best-of-seven series for 7:00 PM Saturday at Nassau Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. Radio pregame airtime on 96.3 KQW will be 6:30 PM. If a seventh game is necessitated, it would be played in Pittsburgh on Sunday at a time to be determined.