May 3, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) checks Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz (14) in the corner during the second period in game two of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The New York Islanders won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

NHL 2013 Playoffs: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders Recap


After two games the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Islanders are all tied up at a game apiece. Game one had a completely different look than game two did. It may have been a case of nerves, or the Penguins may have taken a collective breath to relax. What ever the case is the Penguins welcomed back Sideny Crosby to their line up for game two. They may have figured on a repeat of game one, but the Penguins fell short. This series is going to New York with each team having a win in the pocket. It’s a best of 5 series now.

Game 1 Penguins Victory

The Pittsburgh Penguins did what they do. They came out in front of their fans and put the puck in the net. Netting five goals on 26 shots. They chased New York Islanders staring goaltender Evgeni Nabokov  left the game with a .733 SV%. The Penguins went 2/4 on the power play.  Their counter part went 0/4 on the power play on their way to a 5-0 shutout lose. The Islanders looked like a young team unable to rebound after an early goal. The Crosby less Penguins didn’t miss a beat.

Game 1 Goal Scorers                                                                                                                                     

Pascal Dupuis (2), Beau Bennett (1), Kris Letang (1), Tanner Glass (1)

Game 2 Islanders Victory

This game was nothing like game one. Sidney Crosby dressed for the first time in 13 games, and scored two goals. One on the power play. The Islanders were able to rally after going down 3-1 at the end of the first period. The young Islanders found the guts and desire to dig their way out of a mess. It took a couple of lucky bounces to do it, but they got the job done. Both teams went 1/4 on the power play. After being chased in-game one Nabokov showed why he is the starting goaltender turning away 30 of the Penguins 33 shots. Shutting out the Penguins in periods two and three. Marc-Andre Fleury has an okay game two stopping 38 of the 42 shots he faced. The Islanders earned their luck with hard work and a don’t quit attitude.

Series Team Leaders

Penguins

Goals, Dupuis (2) 3 points. *9 other players with 2 goals, Points, Evgeni Malkin (4) *1 other player with 4 points

Goaltender Stats, Fleury GAA 2.02 SV%.941

Islanders

Goals, Matt Moulson (1) *3 other player with 1 goals, Points, Moulson (2) *1 other player with 1 point

Goaltenders Stats, Nabokov GAA 5.12 SV% .854, Kevin Poulin GAA 1.58 SV% .909 *11 shots faced

In what could be a completely different series than I originally thought the Islanders for at least one night found away to keep up with the Penguins. As the series shifts to New York the Islanders will need a few lucky bounces, and a lot of hard work to have any chance at taking this series to a game seven. At least the young Islanders have extended the series and avoided a sweep.

Prediction: Until the Islanders show me they don’t need the lucky bounces, I am still saying Pittsburgh win the series in 6 (4-2).

 

 

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