The opening round series shifts from a best-of-seven to a best-of-five with both teams even at 1-1. The Pittsburgh Penguins look to bounce back from a bad game on Friday night today in Long Island. After scoring the first two goals of the game in Game Two, the Penguins puck management was sloppy at best for a majority of the game.
The New York Islanders had the deck stacked against them in Game Two, coming back from two separate two-goal deficits to win. The Isles look to make it two in a row today on home ice.
“Going on the road for Game 3 and it’s 1-1. It’s
a big game. We know we’re going into a road
building. We need to be prepared for our
absolute best starting with the drop
of the puck.”
NEWS AND NOTES
After the Islanders gave up the first seven goals of the series, they’ve scored four of the series’ last five goals.
Pittsburgh dominated the faceoff dot all night in Game Two – winning 36 of 59.
James Neal skated in full gear for part of practice on Saturday. It’s unknown if he will play in Game Three.
Jarome Iginla has points in four of the Penguins’ seven goals.
Sidney Crosby was on the ice for over 23 minutes in his first game in over a month. Crosby finished with two goals.
Jussi Jokinen won 87.5% of his faceoffs in Game Two, going 7-1 in the faceoff circle.
Kris Letang is averaging 27:12 minutes of ice-time per game. Letang had over 29 minutes of ice-time in Game Two.
Mark Eaton has 11 blocked shots in the series. Eaton had a team-high eight blocked shots in Game One.
Keith Aucoin lost every faceoff attempt in Game Two (0-4) after going 6-1 in Game One. Aucoin is one of the best faceoff guys in the NHL.
Travis Hamonic has been a physical presence for the Islanders in this series. Hamonic had a team-high six hits in Game Two.
After being held without a shot in Game One, John Tavares put up six shots in Game Two.
PROJECTED ISLANDERS LINEUP
PROJECTED PENGUINS LINEUPS
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