Islanders top Penguins to take 3-0 series lead

Islanders top Penguins to take 3-0 series lead

Islanders top Penguins to take 3-0 series lead

The Penguins need their stars to be better.

The home crowd was silent, and then the anxiety grew 62 seconds later when Brock Nelson gave the Islanders a 2-1 lead. If the Penguins want to dig their way back into this series, their stars must be. Leo Komarov scored midway through the third period, and Anders Lee scored into an empty net for NY, which has outscored Pittsburgh 11-5 through three games.

Wilson gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead by deflecting a shot from Marcus Pettersson past Lehner at 12:54 of the first period.

Nelson put the Islanders ahead 2-1 at 14:24, finishing off a 2-on-1 rush by taking a snap shot that beat Murray to the blocker side for his second goal of the playoffs.

Matt Murray finished with 32 saves for the Penguins, but Pittsburgh again struggled to generate any sort of offensive momentum against the Islanders.

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.

The Penguins don't look capable of matching the Islanders' depth and, through two games, New York's intensity level has been in a completely different galaxy. NY now leads the series, 2-0, and the Islanders have, without question, been the better team in the series. He still opted to tinker with his lines in search of a spark, elevating Dominik Simon to the top line alongside Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel and putting Jared McCann - who sat out Game 2 with a lower-body injury - on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel. Jordan Eberle continued his productive postseason by scoring his third goal of the series on a lovely shot following a fantastic feed from Ryan Pulock.

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