The New York Islanders moved within one victory of eliminating the Pittsburgh Penguins from the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 4-1 victory in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday.
The New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins are set for another intense matchup Friday night when the puck is dropped for Game 2 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series.
Finding themselves trailing in another game this series, the Penguins, as they did in the previous two games, could not generate enough to test Lehner and threaten any sort of comeback.
Wilson gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead by deflecting a shot from Marcus Pettersson past Lehner at 12:54 of the first period. Leo Komarov's goal midway through the third period put the game out of reach and helped the Islanders improve to 41-2-2 when scoring at least three times this season.
Matt Murray made 32 saves for Pittsburgh, which last lost the first three games of a series in 2013, when it was swept by the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Final. 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. Just as it did back home on Long Island, New York didn't back down against the star-studded Penguins. 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.
But by the start of the third period, the Islanders were up again, this time 2-1. Always seemingly in the right position, the 27-year-old never looked rattled.