There was a battle today in Nassau Coliseum, and it was between the New York Islanders and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Both teams went toe-to-toe this afternoon, trying to take the lead in the series. In the end, the Penguins survived and beat the Islanders, 5-4, taking the series lead 2-1 when Chris Kunitz scored a power-play goal 8 minutes into overtime.
Pittsburgh fought back from an early 2-0 deficit and led 4-2, but then squandered that two-goal lead as the resilient Islanders also fought back and tied the Penguins, 4-4, with goals from Kyle Okposo and John Tavares.
The Islanders came out firing, scoring twice in the opening six minutes of the game, but the Eastern Conference’s top seed answered with two power-play goals that were 19 seconds apart. The Penguins took control of the game shortly after that, but the Islanders had no quit in them. It was an exciting game that treated fans to several momentum swings and a lot of scoring.
After the Islanders were embarrassed by the Penguins in Game 1 of the series, losing 5-0, they have fought hard the last two games. The Islanders were coming off a huge comeback victory in Game 2 in Pittsburgh, when they rallied back from a 3-1 deficit to win, 4-3, and almost pulled off another win this afternoon.
The Islanders have shown that they won’t go away quietly, and the way they’ve been playing, they may even be able to pull off an upset.