Playoff Gameday: Pittsburgh Penguins & New York Islanders – Round One, Game Three

Pittsburgh Penguins @ New York Islanders
Series Tied 1-1

NBC, TSN, RDS – 12:00 pm/et

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Uniondale, NY

Are you awake? Hopefully the Penguins are. Today we'll get to see if they decided to learn anything from game two, or if this is the same Penguins team that believes their own hype and doesn't learn from their mistakes. They said pretty much all the right things in this story. Great leadership from Iginla here:

"I think we go over it — and we have — to see what the feeling is why we didn't win. What is the reason we got beat?" Iginla said. "Our execution could be better. They came out harder — give them credit — but we didn't make plays that we can make, simple things. We weren't as sharp.

"We regroup. We see what we didn't do. We go out for another game. It's just the next game to try make it 2-1."

That's the kind of attitude the Pens need right now. Don't dwell on the loss, but look back on it, learn from it and realize what you could have done better. Will they?

Game Two: Islanders won 4-3.

What we said in our recap:

We've seen the Pens dominate one game and then turn around and play like dogshit. There was hope that the Pens would show a killer insinct and put the Isles up against it, but that didn't happen.

We could look back at this moment in time and laugh about being worried about this series. Or shit can get real here pretty fast. We said the other day that if the Isles were gonna win a game, it was gonna be this one. If you've taken in a handful of Islanders games this season, you knew they were gonna fight back.

Know Your Enemy: Lighthouse Hockey

What they're saying:

Tavares has had a tough go against the Penguins in his career. After an impressive rookie season, where he scored 4 goals (including his first in the NHL) and collected 7 points in 6 games against the Penguins, Tavares' production against Pitt hit a wall.

In 11 games against the Penguins spanning the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, Tavares failed to register a point in 10 of them. The lack of production carried over into this season.

The play of his line was relatively good during the seven games against the Penguins this season. Tavares had an average Corsi of 4.71 in games against Pittsburgh and an average Fenwick of 2.57. The numbers as a whole are actually better than they look, as both were substantially affected by one dreadful game earlier in the season.

Pittsburgh Penguins News:

 James Neal was briefly at practice. Malkin was not.

 Apparently Malkin's shoulder is giving him problems.

New York Islanders News:

Were the Islanders lucky in game two?

Or did they make the right adjustments? We believe the latter.

Pittsburgh Penguins Lines:

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Pascal Dupuis
Beau Bennett – Evgeni Malkin – Jarome Iginla
Brenden Morrow – Brandon Sutter – Matt Cooke
Tanner Glass – Jussi Jokinen – Craig Adams

Mark Eaton – Kris Letang
Dougla Murray – Matt Niskanen
Paul Martin – Deryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

New York Islanders Lines:

Matt Moulson – John Tavares – Brad Boyes
Josh Bailey – Frans Nielsen – Kyle Okposo
Michael Grabner – Keith Aucoin – Colin McDonald
David Ullstrom – Casey Cizikas – Matt Martin
Lubomir Visnovsky– Brian Strait
Travis Hamonic – Andrew MacDonald
Mark Streit – Matt Carkner

Evgeni Nabokov

Lines from Daily Faceoff.

Do It.

Go Pens.