Playoff Gameday 5: Penguins vs. Islanders

Playoff Gameday 5: Penguins vs. Islanders

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Playoff Gameday 5: Penguins vs. Islanders

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Penguins vs. Islanders

Series Tied, 2-2

PPG Paints Arena | Pittsburgh, PA

Monday, May 24 | 7:00PM Eastern

NBCSN | AT&TSN-PT | MSG | MSG+

And now it’s a best of 3.

It’s time to thrive in the panic.

Really, it’s kind of remarkable that the series is tied, but then again, it turns out only good teams make the playoffs and these margins are razor thin. Unlike the margins you’d be profiting if you’d invested in Rhinestones (and lobster) when we said so.

The Penguins have held the lead for 128+ minutes. The two teams have been tied for 92+ minutes. And the Islanders have held the lead for just shy of 36 minutes. 32 of those minutes were in Game 4.

It’s time to bank on the better roster with more experience and home ice advantage.

 

If they’d have told you back in February that the Division Champion Penguins had a best of 3 with 2 on home ice to move on, you’d take those odds.

Sure, Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin were feeling all the feels, presumably because they couldn’t stop blasting Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour on loop. But if you give our good friends at 3Ass1Goal a listen in your earmones, you’ll see why that’s actually good.

Look. The 4-1 result of Game 4 stinks. But this game was closer than that, and getting a sweep on the Island was always a long shot at best – the Islanders had the same number of regulation losses on home ice this year as the Penguins did.

It’s time for the Penguins’ positional and possession dominance to come to roost. Guentzel and Rust break through in a more meaningful way than the time you tried to double bag it with a lambskin rubber that some guy named “Rain” gave you as a toss-in with the clove cigarettes you bought back behind Giant Eagle when you were 15.

Forwards

Guentzel – Crosby – Rust

Zucker – Malkin – Kapanen

 McCann – Carter – Gaudreau

Aston-Reese – Blueger – Tanev

Defense

Dumoulin – Letang

Matheson – Ceci

Pettersson – Marino

In Net

Jarry

The Islanders won what was effectively a must-win. Much like Bruce Cassidy on the deepest pages of Pornhub Premium, you knew they were going to come hard and really give it to the Penguins.

One thing is evident, though. They can’t outskill this Penguins team on aggregate. So if the Penguins stay above the chaff and exude the “just play” mantra, the Penguins can dispatch the Isles in 6 or 7.

Jordan Eberle got his first of the series on Saturday. As a Penguins fan – you do not want him getting hot.

Ilya Sorokin has collected both Islanders’ wins, posting a 1.76 GAA and .944 SV%.

Forwards

Komarov – Barzal – Eberle

Beauvillier – Nelson – Bailey

Palmieri – Pageau – Wahlstrom

Martin – Cizikas – Clutterbuck

Defense

Pelech – Pulock

Leddy – Mayfield

Greene – Dobson

In Net

Sorokin

Get it done.

Go Pens.

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