Rapid Reaction: Penguins 5, Isles 4 (OT)
May, 5, 2013
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com
WHAT IT MEANS: Pittsburgh's Chris Kunitz scored a power-play goal 8:34 into overtime, sending the Isles to a 5-4 loss in Game 3. The Penguins now lead this best-of-7 series, 2-1.
With the help of a deafening home crowd at Nassau Coliseum, the Islanders rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period on goals from Kyle Okposo and John Tavares to push the game into OT.
ALL TIED UP: Pulling the Isles within one goal, Okposo made a terrific play to stay onside and beat Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury with a wrist shot on his short-handed breakaway 5:31 into the third period. Tavares then knotted the game at 4, sizzling a shot past Fleury with 9:12 remaining -- a goal that had the boisterous crowd chanting "M-V-P!" for No. 91.
BAD CHANGE: Despite strong 5-on-5 play and long periods of sustained pressure in the Penguins' zone during the second period, the Islanders fell victim to a poor line change that allowed Pittsburgh to take a two-goal lead. With the Islanders scrambling to complete a change, Penguins defenseman Douglas Murray picked the top right corner against former Sharks teammate Evgeni Nabokov at 17:10. Evgeni Malkin picked up his second assist on the play; he now has six points in this series.
ROLLER-COASTER RIDE: The Islanders ignited the Coliseum crowd with two goals in the first six minutes of the game. The first came just 1:43 into play, as defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky's centering feed set up a scramble in front of Fleury. Okposo got a couple of whacks in before Matt Moulson buried a loose puck for the game's first goal.
Casey Cizikas extended the lead to 2-0 with his shot from the left circle at 5:41 -- a scoring play that had the old barn shaking.
But the Penguins weathered the storm and answered with two quick power-play goals within a span of 19 seconds. Jarome Iginla got a piece of Kris Letang's one-timer with the Pens on the 5-on-3 at 13:18, and Kunitz followed up to tie the score. With one minute remaining in the first, Crosby made a terrific move to set up the Penguins' third straight goal. Crosby powered past Visnovsky and cut to the net, backhanding a pass to the streaking Pascal Dupuis for a 3-2 lead.
UP NEXT: The Islanders host the Penguins in Game 4 on Tuesday at 7 p.m.