In the first three games of their Round One series against the New York Islanders, the Pittsburgh Penguins have won all but three periods. The Penguins got great goaltending once again, and they made more turnovers and scoring chances than they gave up. In game three, the Penguins defeated the New York Islanders 5-4.
The Penguins’ scoring started and ended with their fourth line, but all four lines were required to hold their tempers in check and provide depth scoring in the form of a 6-foot-3 kit called Jeff Carter. Carter and Brandon Tanev responded to Islanders goals in the third quarter, and the Penguins will have a chance to wrap up the series on Saturday afternoon.
The Penguins have a chance to make it the final game at the Nassau Coliseum.
The two teams are now battling it out to see who can smash the other. The Pittsburgh Penguins have largely outclassed the New York Islanders when hockey has been played.
Hockey, on the other hand, hasn’t always been the main priority. In Game 2, the Penguins were roughed up in the second half, which New York won. That was excellent playoff hockey that was both legal and fair.
On Thursday, the Penguins were mugged by the New York Rangers in the third day. It wasn’t legal, and it wasn’t even good hockey. However, the NHL does not award style points, and New York’s tactical shift came close to working.
Not that the Islanders will give up, but the Penguins should be close to breaking New York, who couldn’t keep up in Game 3 of the series at the Nassau Coliseum on Thursday night. The Penguins are up 2-1 in the series, but the key is the Penguins’ mechanism for matching the Islanders’ tight game and pulling them into an open game by taking leads.
New York is, of course, attempting to break the Penguins with a physical attack. Jake Guentzel must have the appearance of a white and purple checkerboard after three games.
It will be in the Penguins’ best interests to put an end to this as soon as possible. The physical advantage of the Islanders will develop as the series progresses.
The Penguins’ tenacity was on full display as well.