UNIONDALE, N.Y. — UPDATE END OF GAME: The Islanders beat the Penguins 4-1, evening the series at 2 games each. The series heads back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 this coming week.
UPDATE 2:35 LEFT 3RD PERIOD: The Pens get on the board after Zac Aston-Reese pokes one past Ilya Sorokin.
UPDATE 13 minutes left 3RD PERIOD: The Islanders take a 3-0 lead after the Penguins Teddy Blueger tried to corral the puck and inadvertently puts it into his own net.
24 seconds later, the Islanders strike again after Jordan Eberle went high on the glove side on Tristan Jarry.
UPDATE END OF 2ND PERIOD: The Islanders lead the Penguins 2-0 after a pair of goals in the 2nd period. The second goal came after Ryan Pulock’s shot ricocheted off Cody Ceci’s skate and into the back of the net.
The Pens have had a few chances, but don’t appear to be threatening much this afternoon.
UPDATE 2ND PERIOD 8:07: The Islanders have taken a 1-0 lead after a shot by Josh Bailey. Letang pushed Beauvillier into Jarry, causing the goaltender to be deeper than normal in the net. Bailey was able to bang it home.
UPDATE AFTER 1ST PERIOD: The game is tied at 0. Both teams had 7 shots goal. New York came out with a jump in their step but the pace of play settled as the period continued. Malkin was called for two penalties, giving the Isles the only power plays so far in the game.
The Penguins play the New York Islanders Saturday on Channel 11 for game 4 in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Our coverage begins at 3 p.m.
Pittsburgh Penguins (37-16-3, first in the East Division during the regular season) vs. New York Islanders (32-17-7, fourth in the East Division during the regular season)
Uniondale, New York; Saturday, 3 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Islanders -109, Penguins -110; over/under is 5.5
NHL PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND: Penguins lead series 2-1
BOTTOM LINE: The Pittsburgh Penguins visit the New York Islanders in the first round of the NHL Playoffs with a 2-1 lead in the series. The teams meet Saturday for the 12th time this season. The Penguins won the last meeting 5-4. Jeff Carter scored a team-high two goals for the Penguins in the victory.
The Islanders are 32-17-7 against the rest of their division. New York averages 2.7 penalties per game, the least in the NHL. Ross Johnston leads them averaging 0.7.
The Penguins are 37-16-3 against opponents in the East Division. Pittsburgh has scored 193 goals and is second in the league averaging 3.4 goals per game. Sidney Crosby leads the team with 24.
TOP PERFORMERS: Mathew Barzal has 45 total points for the Islanders, 17 goals and 28 assists. Anthony Beauvillier has six goals and four assists over the last 10 games for New York.
Kris Letang leads the Penguins with a plus-19 in 55 games this season. Carter has 10 goals and two assists over the last 10 games for Pittsburgh.
LAST 10 GAMES: Islanders: 4-4-2, averaging 2.9 goals , five assists, 3.2 penalties and 6.4 penalty minutes while giving up 2.2 goals per game with a .932 save percentage.
Penguins: 7-2-1, averaging 3.7 goals , 5.6 assists, 3.1 penalties and 7.3 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with a .912 save percentage.
INJURIES: Islanders: Ross Johnston: out (undisclosed).
Penguins: None listed.
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