Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders: Live Score, Updates and Analysis
The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the New York Islanders in Game 3 of their best-of-seven quarterfinal series by a score of 5-4 in the first overtime period.
Matt Moulson made no mistake less than two minutes into the first period, putting it on the ice and into the net to make it 1-0 Islanders. Casey Cizikas buried a feed from Michael Grabner less than four minutes later to make it 2-0 Islanders.
The Penguins answered with two power-play goals just 19 seconds apart. The first came on a 5-on-3 tip-in goal by Jarome Iginla, with Chris Kunitz evening the score on a power-play goal just 19 seconds later.
With just one minute to go in the first period, Sidney Crosby assisted on his second goal of the period as he threw a backhand pass to the net that Pascal Dupuis put past Nabokov to make it 3-2 for the Penguins.
Douglas Murray put the Penguins up two goals in the second period, with just under three minutes to go, depositing a wrist shot that beat Nabokov on the glove side.
Kyle Okposo scored on a shorthanded breakaway in the third period to cut the Penguins' lead to 4-3. John Tavares tied the game as he uncorked a wrist shot from the faceoff dot, using Mark Eaton as a screen.
Chris Kunitz ended the game at 8:44 of the first overtime period on a snap shot from point-blank range. Kunitz took a feed from Sidney Crosby (who finished with three assists) and beat Evgeni Nabokov up high.
Pittsburgh Penguins 5, New York Islanders 4. Final, first overtime.
This game was all about the Pittsburgh Penguins' power play. The Penguins' man advantage went 3-5 in the game, with the overtime-winning goal.
But it wasn't the overtime goal that highlighted the power play for the Penguins, but instead the back-to-back power play goals (19 seconds apart) that got the Penguins on the board and tied with the Islanders respectively.
After the Islanders took a 2-0 lead early in this contest, the game looked like it might be slipping away from the Penguins.
Then the Islanders took consecutive, avoidable penalties and things got out of control for the Islanders, as the Penguins finished the first period with a 3-2 lead.
Chris Kunitz scores to win it in overtime, 5-4!
Kunitz took a feed on a 10-foot pass from who else, but Sidney Crosby.
Crosby finishes the game with three assists and will likely be the first star of the game.
Eight minutes gone in overtime. The Islanders have had some pressure in this overtime, but it is Pittsburgh that takes an overtime power play as Brian Strait goes to the box.
Both the Isles and Pens seem pretty cautious coming out to start overtime. Much less open-ice play than was seen in the 60 minutes of regulation.
This is understandable as this is a pivot-point game in this series. Neither team wants to do anything that would risk the win.
Start of overtime.
Islanders really carried that play in the third period, but the Penguins couldn't get any "puck luck" off of those posts that they hit.
The Penguins hit iron twice in that period, either time would have likely been enough to put the game out of reach.
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Douglas Murray makes a bid for his second of the game, ringing a shot off of the crossbar. End-to-end action here, but the shots in the third period are 12-3 for the Islanders.
Meanwhile, Marc-Andre Fleury has been struggling in the playoffs as of late.
Islanders with another couple scoring chances, as the Tavares' line is really taking the play to Crosby's line here late in the third period.
Kyle Okposo’s goal was the Islanders’ first playoff shortie since Tom Fitzgerald scored two (two!) in Game 4 against the Penguins in 1993.— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) May 5, 2013
Food for thought.
The Islanders are on the verge of doing the unthinkable if they can find a way to win this game.
In the regular season, the Penguins won 95 percent of the games in which they led after two periods (via NHL.com).
The Islanders would have back-to-back games in which they came back from multi-goal deficits. Can they finish the comeback?
They have their crowd behind them.
The Islanders tie the game at 4!
Who else, but John Tavares. Tavares took the pass from Josh Bailey and put a wrister past Marc-Andre Fleury from the faceoff dot.
Matt Cooke hits a goalpost at the other end of the rink. The Islanders have had a couple more prime scoring chances since the Okposo shorthanded tally.
Still can't find that tying goal. Just about halfway through the third period.
Islanders score on the shorthanded breakaway.
Kyle Okposo brings his team back to within one goal, as it is 4-3 Penguins!
Third period underway here in Nassau Coliseum. Islanders need a goal to get closer and get some momentum back.
The Penguins' failure to capitalize on that late second-period power play means that the door is still open for the Islanders to come back.
No it isn't probable. But the fact of the matter is, the Penguins have looked fairly vulnerable defensively. A couple turnovers and the game could be tied in the second period.
The Islanders need to keep forcing the issue. Using their speed to get to the net gives them an advantage as most of the Penguins' defensemen cannot keep up with them.
The Penguins need to continue to shut down the Islanders' speed, while keeping them to the outside. Fleury beat himself on the two goals in the first period, as he was too deep in his net for one of them. If Fleury has a chance to set up and see the shot, the Islanders won't win this one.
Douglas Murray scores for Pittsburgh, the Penguins now lead 4-2.
Murray moved in from the point and picked up a rare goal after taking a pass from Evgeni Malkin, putting the puck to the far right side of the goal.
Hamonic and Malkin go at it in the corner. Play goes on, as Malkin gets punched down to the ice by the Islanders defenseman.
The Penguins have just six shots on goal in this period, looking relatively dis-interested in this period on offense. Hopefully the Islanders don't take their foot off of the gas again or else they will re-learn a lesson that they learned in the first period.
That lesson is: The Penguins are never out of a game.
Essentially this is what Cooke and Carkner have to look forward to for the rest of the game.
19 seconds left in the Cooke-Carkner matching minors. Will not be surprised if they meet one another upon the expiration of that time.— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) May 5, 2013
Tavares and Crosby going at it on the 4-on-4 situation here.
Lots of skating room and lots of talent on the ice; should be a fun two minutes while Cooke and Carkner sit in the box.
Islanders using their speed to keep the Penguins from breaking out with a full rush including the defense. The Penguins turned the puck over there and John Tavares got a pretty good scoring chance.
Islanders and Penguins each send one over. Matt Carkner and Matt Cooke each sitting for two minutes on offsetting penalties.
Over six minutes gone the second period, Islanders coming on here a bit with their hitting game. These hits are softening up the Penguins a bit and swinging momentum back in their direction.
Penguins give up a scoring chance there that could have knotted the game at 3-3.
Second period underway here in Long Island. Lot less noise from the crowd than to start the game.
Still a few "let's go Islanders" chants, but nothing substantial.
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