Islanders Silence Mighty Pens Again, Take 3-0 Series Lead

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													Jared McCann.- MATT SUNDAY  DKPS

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

The Islanders hold an 11-5 goals edge in the series.

Jordan Eberle continues to put up points with his third goal of the series.

Now, the Islanders' power play wasn't the most threatening in the regular season.

The Penguins got on the board first, a deflection from Garrett Wilson that beat goalie Robin Lehner at 12:54 to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead. The Islanders defeated the Penguins 3-1. Erik Gudbranson gave the Penguins a 1-0 advantage with 9:24 remaining in the second period with an assist given to Evgeni Malkin.

New York, which allowed an NHL-low 196 goals on its way to a second-place finish in the Metropolitan Division, has clamped down on Crosby and linemate Jake Guentzel. Phil Kessel led Pittsburgh with seven shots in the losing effort. The Islanders did it against the Pittsburgh Penguins back in 1975.

Brock Nelson proceeded to give the Islanders the lead just over a minute later, then Leo Komarov and Anders Lee neeted in the third period to cement the win, which put team up 3-0 in a playoff series for the first time in almost 36 years. NY spotted Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead before netting four unanswered goals.

The Islanders have been dominant over the Penguins in all three games. Pittsburgh is 115-51 in its last 166 games as a home favorite.

Only four teams have ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in a playoff series to win the round.



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