Islanders top Penguins to take 3-0 series lead

  • Islanders top Penguins to take 3-0 series lead

Islanders top Penguins to take 3-0 series lead

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 New York Islanders moved within one victory of eliminating the Pittsburgh Penguins from the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 4-1 victory in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday.

Finding themselves trailing in another game this series, the Penguins, as they did in the previous two games, could not generate enough to test Lehner and threaten any sort of comeback.

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. Leo Komarov's goal midway through the third period put the game out of reach and helped the Islanders improve to 41-2-2 when scoring at least three times this season.

Pittsburgh needs a win in Game 4 on Tuesday to avoid being swept for the first time since the 2013 Eastern Conference finals against Boston. Just as it did back home on Long Island, New York didn't back down against the star-studded Penguins.

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. NY also kept Pittsburgh's stars quiet as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, and Jake Guentzel combined for zero points.

Oddly, it was the fourth line that gave the Penguins an early lift when Garrett Wilson redirected a shot from the point by Marcus Pettersson past Lehner 12:54 into the first. Always seemingly in the right position, the 27-year-old never looked rattled.