NHL: New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Paola Ditto
Aprile 17, 2019

They forecheck. They backcheck.

For the Penguins to defeat the New York Islanders in this series, a miracle on ice will be required, and it's not going to happen because right now the Penguins' legs couldn't feed a puppy.

It's heady territory for a franchise that's advanced past the first round just once since 1993. They will suffer the same fate against the Islanders if something doesn't change drastically.

Only four teams have ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in a playoff series to win the round. He can add to his tally when the Islanders go for the series sweep on Tuesday.

It's what the Islanders do.

Eberle beat Matt Murray short side from just above the goal line 28 seconds after Wilson's score to tie the game and Nelson finished off a 2-on-1 to put NY in front to stay just over a minute later.

Sunday's output means Eberle now has three goals and two assists thus far in the postseason. Robin Lehner continues to build his wall brick-by-brick. But the Penguins could not find the back of the net again on any of their 33 shots as NY scored three unanswered goals the rest of the way. And the Islanders are getting scoring from across the lineup with goals from Nelson and Komarov.

The Penguins insisted it wasn't time to panic, with coach Mike Sullivan downplaying the idea his team needed to play with desperation.

It didn't quite work.

Once again, the Penguins had no answers for the Islanders, who displayed yet another strong defensive effort, controlled possession, and kept the high-danger chances low. Not that the Penguins were looking for sympathy. NY also kept Pittsburgh's stars quiet as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, and Jake Guentzel combined for zero points.

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