Islanders ride balanced attack to victory, putting Penguins on brink

Ruben Hill
April 15, 2019

The Penguins need their stars to be better.

Robin Lehner made 25 saves for NY, which leads the best-of-7 series 3-0 and can complete its first series sweep since defeating the Edmonton Oilers in the 1983 Stanley Cup Final by winning Game 4 here on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS2, ATTSN-PT, MSG, MSG+).

Wilson gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead by deflecting a shot from Marcus Pettersson past Lehner at 12:54 of the first period.

Anders Lee ended things with an empty-net goal with 1:20 remaining in regulation.

It didn't last. Eberle tied it 28 seconds later and Nelson's wrist shot put NY in front to stay just 1:02 after Eberle's third playoff goal in as many games. New York, which allowed an NHL-low 196 goals during the regular season, has surrendered just five in three games. 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.

The Penguins don't look capable of matching the Islanders' depth and, through two games, New York's intensity level has been in a completely different galaxy.

And then 62 seconds after that, a bad read from Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz led to a 2-on-1 break for the Islanders, where Brock Nelson beat Murray inside the far post for a 2-1 advantage the Islanders would take into the third period.

The Penguins' locker room had cleared out nearly entirely, with only Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin remaining at their stalls, answering questions.

Yet the Islanders responded immediately.

But by the start of the third period, the Islanders were up again, this time 2-1.

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