NHL - Penguins finally dispatch Islanders in six

Defenseman Brooks Orpik scored 7:49 into overtime as visiting Pittsburgh Penguins put away the pesky eighth-seeded New York Islanders to win their Eastern Conference best-of-seven first-round series in six games.

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Pittsburgh Penguins' Brooks Orpik (R) is embraced by teammates Evgeni Malkin (L) and Tyler Kennedy (C) after his overtime goal against the New York Islanders

Defenseman Brooks Orpik scored 7:49 into overtime as visiting Pittsburgh Penguins put away the pesky eighth-seeded New York Islanders to win their Eastern Conference best-of-seven first-round series in six games.

Evgeni Malkin and Tyler Kennedy exchanged passes before the latter fed Orpik at the point.

The defensive-minded blue-liner blasted a shot which sailed over the right shoulder of Evgeni Nabokov and under the crossbar for his first career playoff goal.

The tally was Orpik's first since Nov. 21, 2011 - ironically in a 5-0 win over the Islanders.

Defenseman Paul Martin scored to forge a 3-3 tie with 5:16 remaining in the third period as his shot from the point deflected off the stick of New York's Frans Nielsen and past Nabokov.

Pascal Dupuis netted his team-leading fifth goal of the series and Jarome Iginla added his 30th career post-season tally.

Tomas Vokoun turned aside 35 shots for the top-seeded Penguins, who will face seventh-seeded Ottawa in the second round. Pittsburgh won all three regular-season meetings with the Senators.

Michael Grabner collected a goal and an assist while Hart Trophy finalist John Tavares and Colin McDonald also tallied.

Keith Aucoin set up a pair of goals for the Islanders, who have lost their last six post-season overtime games dating back to 1993.(+1 248-605-1131)(Reuters Messaging: steve.keating.reuters.com@reuters.net)

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