Isles take commanding 3-0 playoff lead with dominant performance

Paola Ditto
Апреля 15, 2019

The Islanders had held serve at the Coliseum over the past week, winning a dramatic 4-3 overtime contest in Game 1 on Wednesday and a decisive 3-1 victory in Game 2 on Friday.

The Islanders continued this unexpected run with another buttoned-up victory, a 4-1 win over the Penguins in Game 3 of their first-round series on Sunday afternoon that gave them a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Leo Komarov scored midway through the third period, and Anders Lee scored into an empty net for NY, which has outscored Pittsburgh 11-5 through three games.

Matt Murray finished with 32 saves for the Penguins, but Pittsburgh again struggled to generate any sort of offensive momentum against the Islanders. And now the team assembled by Lou Lamoriello and expertly coached by Barry Trotz has a chance to complete the sweep with a win in Game 4 here on Tuesday night.

Nelson put the Islanders ahead 2-1 at 14:24, finishing off a 2-on-1 rush by taking a snap shot that beat Murray to the blocker side for his second goal of the playoffs.

Game 1 was a back-and-forth battle between the Metropolitan Division rivals, with the third period seeing two goals by an Islanders and Penguins defenseman.

Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson scored 1:02 apart in the first period for the Islanders after Garrett Wilson had given the Penguins a 1-0 lead.

Yet the Islanders responded immediately. He took a pass from Ryan Pulock just above the goal line to the left of the net, and his wrist shot hit Murray's shoulder and went into the net at 13:22 to make it 1-1. Always seemingly in the right position, the 27-year-old never looked rattled.

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