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  • Orpik's OT goal sends Penguins to second round

  • UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Brooks Orpik's goal would have been memorable even if wasn't in overtime and didn't put the Pittsburgh Penguins into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
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  • UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Brooks Orpik's goal would have been memorable even if wasn't in overtime and didn't put the Pittsburgh Penguins into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
    When you are a defensive-minded defenseman with only 12 goals in nine NHL seasons, they all tend to stand out.
    Orpik fired a slap shot from the left point that hit the back of the net 7:49 into overtime Saturday night to give the Penguins a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders that ended the Eastern Conference first-round series in six games.
    The top-seeded Penguins advanced to face the No. 7 Ottawa Senators despite being outshot 38-21 in the decisive win.
    Orpik had never scored in 77 previous playoff games and didn't have one in the past 106 contests of any kind since his last goal, also against the Islanders, on Nov. 21, 2011.
    "Felt great, of course, to score. I don't score too many," Orpik said.
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