Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Penguins lose at home to fall into 3-0 hole

Gameday R1G2 Penguins @ Islanders Gameday R1G2 Penguins @ Islanders
Cassandra Castillo | 17 April, 2019, 12:15

The Penguins were humbled once again by the Islanders, this time in a 4-1 decision at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday, giving NY a 3-0 series advantage.

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.

With a game three win in Pittsburgh, the New York Islanders are inches away from only their second playoff series win in 26 years as they lead the Penguins 3-0.

Expect the Penguins to play with a lot of desperation here as a 3-0 series deficit would basically be the kiss of death.

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (30) makes a save against New York Islanders right wing Leo Komarov (47) as Pens defenseman Erik Gudbranson (44) defends during the first period in game three of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG PAINTS Arena.

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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.

"We kind of did our best to play simple hockey and really just grind it out a little bit", said NY forward Anders Lee, whose empty-net goal with 1:28 to go pushed the Islanders to the cusp of an unlikely sweep. After the Penguins broke a scoreless tie midway through the second period, the Islanders scored three unanswered goals the rest of the way.

The Penguins are 27-10 in their last 37 Sunday games.

It didn't quite work. The Islanders defeated the Penguins 3-1. "They're not afraid of a whole lot". Erik Gudbranson gave the Penguins a 1-0 advantage with 9:24 remaining in the second period with an assist given to Evgeni Malkin.

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