The Pittsburgh Penguins look to build off the momentum of their Game One shutout as Captain Sidney Crosby makes his return to the lineup. The Pens stayed sharp and focused for the entire 60 minutes and they’ll need to be sharp again tonight as the New York Islanders will likely play with a sense of urgency to even up the series. The Penguins will likely be without forward James Neal. Neal was injured in the first period Wednesday night.
The New York Islanders will look to bounce back from a terrible Game One as they were out-scored, out-hustled and out-muscled. They’ll need to get John Tavares going tonight if they want to have any chance of getting back into this series. Look for the Isles to come out hard in the opening frame.
“It’s going to take an adjustment period stepping into the playoffs after missing that much time, that being said, this is when you want to play. I’m pretty excited.”
NEWS AND NOTES
Marc-Andre Fleury posted a shutout in the opening game of a playoff series for the third time in his career on Wednesday.
Pittsburgh killed off all four of its penalties in Game One. It was the first time the Penguins were perfect on the PK since going 2-2 in Game 7 against Tampa Bay on April 27, 2011.
The Penguins have scored a Power Play Goal in eight of their last nine games, after scoring two Power Play goals in Game One.
Tanner Glass’s goal was his first career post season goal, and he led the Penguins with six hits.
Sidney Crosby (57) is three assists shy of tying Kevin Stevens (60) for fourth place on the Penguins all-time assist list.
Jarome Iginla picked up two points in his Penguins playoff debut. Iginla now has 51 points (28 G, 23 A) in 55 career playoff games.
The Islanders had 12 players making their Stanley Cup Playoffs debut on Wednesday. John Tavares, Kevin Poulin, Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen, Matt Moulson, Colin McDonald, Andrew MacDonald, Matt Martin, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic, Casey Cizikas and Josh Bailey.
Just 11 players on the Islanders 27-man roster had Playoff experience going into the series.
The Islanders went the entire 2013 season without dropping consecutive road games in regulation.
Matt Martin led both teams with 10 hits. However, Martin was a -2 on the night.
PROJECTED ISLANDERS LINEUP
PROJECTED PENGUINS LINEUPS