Penalties defending Sidney Crosby frustrate Islanders

Michael Grabner checks Sidney Crosby #87 of the

Michael Grabner checks Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second period during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. (May 5, 2013) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Brian Strait took two penalties against Sidney Crosby in Game 3.

The first, a hooking call early in the third, was the sort of call a player of Crosby's stature will get. It wasn't much of a hook, but all eyes are on No. 87.

In overtime, though, Crosby earned the call, getting good position on Strait, driving to the net and forcing Strait to grab him and haul him down. Crosby set up Chris Kunitz for the power-play winner barely half a minute later.

"[More frustrated] with myself on that one," Strait said. "I just got a little overaggressive on him. I lost body position along the boards, and you can't lose body position against a guy like that."

Jack Capuano didn't love the fact that the Penguins got the extra call in OT. "There was a hook against [Mark] Streit early, we had a similar play and didn't get a call," he said. "I just hope they're consistent with the calls."

The Isles went 0-for-4 with the power play, including one only 31 seconds after John Tavares tied the score in the third. The Penguins' 3-for-5 day with the advantage hurt more than any perceived missed calls.

Same lineup for Isles

Capuano stuck with the same 18 skaters as he had in Game 2. David Ullstrom played only 5:45, missing the latter part of the first period with an undisclosed problem after he was hit hard, and cleanly, by Matt Cooke.

The Penguins swapped defenseman Simon Despres for Deryk Engelland, and Despres was on the ice for the first two Islanders goals. He barely played after that.

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