Sunday, May 5, 2013

Penguins escape with overtime victory in New York. Take 2-1 series lead over Islanders

For the fourth straight year, the Penguins are struggling in their opening round Stanley Cup playoff game. But unlike last season, when the team fell behind, 3-0, in the first round to the Flyers, Pittsburgh has taken a 2-1 series lead over the upstart Islanders, thanks to a 5-4 overtime victory Sunday afternoon before a fired up New York crowd in the Nassau Coliseum.

After being dominated in Game 1, the Islanders stormed back from a 3-1 deficit to take Game 2 in Pittsburgh Friday night and stormed out of the gate with a 2-0 lead in Game 3, Sunday afternoon. The Penguins responded and scored four unanswered goals to take a 4-2 lead into the third period, before New York scored  two goals to send the game into overtime.

Pittsburgh won on a Christ Kunitz power play goal early in the first overtime to escape with a 5-4 victory.

Entering the Stanley Cup playoffs, Pittsburgh was the odds-on favorite to at least make it out of the Eastern Conference, but as we've seen so many times before in playoff hockey, seeds mean very little, and each series is a grind.

Should be interesting to see how both teams respond in Game 4.

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