Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Even the absence of Sidney Crosby wasn't enough to prevent the Pittsburgh Penguins from extending their impressive unbeaten run.
With the NHL's leading scorer exiting early in the first period after being struck with a puck, Tomas Vokoun and the Pittsburgh defense clamped down in a 2-0 victory over the New York Islanders that gave the Eastern Conference leaders a 15th consecutive triumph.
Vokoun stopped all 35 shots he faced in registering the third straight shutout by a Pittsburgh netminder. He combined with Marc-Andre Fleury for 37 saves in a 1-0 decision over Montreal on Tuesday, then turned aside 20 chances during Thursday's 4-0 verdict over Winnipeg.
The Penguins have not permitted a goal in a franchise-record 208 minutes, 24 seconds, while also setting a new club standard by posting their 12th home win in a row.
Pittsburgh's 15-game tear, meanwhile, matched the Islanders' run from Jan. 21- Feb. 20, 1982 as the second-longest in league history. The Penguins set the mark with 17 consecutive victories during the 1992-93 season.
Matt Cooke and James Neal each scored in the third period to offset the loss of both Crosby and Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh's second-leading scorer who was handed a game misconduct for hitting New York's Josh Bailey into the boards late in the second.
Evgeni Nabokov came up with 25 saves for the Islanders, who came into the matchup having won a season-best three straight.