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Murray, Crosby spearhead Penguins' rout of Islanders

  • Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Tom Kuhnhackl (34) reaches out to knock in a rebound for a goal against New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube (30) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, April 2, 2016, in New York. The Penguins won 5-0. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Tom Kuhnhackl (34) reaches out to knock in a rebound for a goal against New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube (30) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, April 2, 2016, in New York. The Penguins won 5-0. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Phil Kessel (81) shoots to score a goal as New York Islanders defenseman Brian Strait (37) defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, April 2, 2016, in New York. The Penguins won 5-0. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Phil Kessel (81) shoots to score a goal as New York Islanders defenseman Brian Strait (37) defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, April 2, 2016, in New York. The Penguins won 5-0. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube (30) watches as the puck rebounds out of the goal after the Pittsburgh Penguins scored during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, April 2, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube (30) watches as the puck rebounds out of the goal after the Pittsburgh Penguins scored during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, April 2, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)  (The Associated Press)

The Pittsburgh Penguins clinched a playoff berth Saturday behind Matt Murray's 23 saves for his first NHL shutout, 5-0 over the New York Islanders on Saturday.

Surging Pittsburgh improved to 45-25-8 with its fifth straight win and has outscored opponents 25-10 in that stretch.

The Penguins made the postseason for the 10th straight year and solidified their grip on second place in the Metropolitan Division. Pittsburgh led the New York Rangers by three points, with the Rangers hosting Buffalo on Saturday night.

Oskar Sundqvist, Patric Hornqvist, Matt Cullen, Phil Kessel and Tom Kuhnhackl scored for Pittsburgh, and Sidney Crosby got his 600th NHL assist. Crosby, the NHL's first star for March, played in his 704th game as a Penguin, passing Brooks Orpik for fifth place on the franchise's all-time list.

The Islanders' playoff outlook dimmed a bit with the loss as they chase a wild-card spot.