For the Penguins to defeat the New York Islanders in this series, a miracle on ice will be required, and it's not going to happen because right now the Penguins' legs couldn't feed a puppy.
An under-hyped Islanders team will go for the sweep of the Penguins on Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
Only four teams have ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in a playoff series to win the round. 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.
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.
The Penguins were penalized eight times in the 3-1 loss, giving the Islanders six power play opportunities. Look for the Penguins to get a game back this afternoon.
The Islanders have certainly earned theirs.
"This group is not afraid of work", said first-year Islanders coach Barry Trotz, who led Washington past Pittsburgh last spring on the way to the Stanley Cup. It's going to be tough for the Penguins to secure a victory in NY, but it's critical if they want any hope of winning the series. Erik Gudbranson gave the Penguins a 1-0 advantage with 9:24 remaining in the second period with an assist given to Evgeni Malkin.