Islanders top Pens for 3-0 series lead

Jordan Eberle

Enlarge Image Jordan Eberle celebrates a goal in Game 1 against the Penguins Paul J. Bereswill

The Islanders defeated the Penguins 3-1. Robin Lehner made 25 saves for the Islanders. Center Leo Komarov, left wing Anders Lee and center Brock Nelson also were able to beat Matthew Murray to light the lamp, as the Islanders seized a 3-0 series lead, pushing the Penguins to the brink of elimination.

Only four teams have ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in a playoff series to win the round.

The 28-year-old's first-period marker represented the equalizer after the Penguins had taken an early lead. It was Eberle's third goal and sixth point in the first three games of the postseason. "When you can take some team's momentum away and just continue to build yours, it's key".

The Islanders hold an 11-5 goals edge in the series. New York, which allowed an NHL-low 196 goals during the regular season, has surrendered just five in three games. It seemed as though home-ice advantage played a key role in the Islanders' Game 1 victory, as Josh Bailey was able to put home a Mat Barzal rebound to give the Islanders a 4-3 win in overtime.

The Islanders have been dominant over the Penguins in all three games.

Now they find themselves in a spot that seemed improbable at best a week ago: heading to Game 4 with a chance to make Pittsburgh's playoff stay the shortest of the Crosby/Malkin era.

"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. NY also kept Pittsburgh's stars quiet as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, and Jake Guentzel combined for zero points.

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