The New York Islanders completed a surprising first-round, four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins inside the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The Islanders capped their dominant exhibiting inside the sequence with a 3-1 win Tuesday night at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. New York trailed for decrease than 5 minutes in your full sequence.
With the win, the Islanders superior to the second spherical of the playoffs for below the second time in 26 years. It was the franchise’s first sequence sweep since 1983.
The Penguins, looking for the franchise’s third Stanley Cup championship in 4 years, scored solely six aims inside the sequence and had been swept for the first time since 1972.
“Early on, a lot of people wrote us off and were shocked,” Islanders forward Jordan Eberle knowledgeable reporters. “We’re confident in the way that we play, the way that the group is here and this is one of the tighter-knit teams that I’ve played on. We love battling and playing for each other. If you do that every night on a consistent basis, you can go places.”
Pittsburgh forward Jake Guenztel scored 35 seconds into the first interval all through Game 4. The Islanders responded 1:34 later with Eberle’s function and certainly not trailed as soon as extra.
New York forward Brock Nelson tallied his third function of the postseason inside the first interval and Josh Bailey flipped in an empty-netter with 38 seconds remaining to clinch the victory.
The Islanders picked up a 4-3 beyond regular time win in Game 1. New York adopted that with a 3-1 win in Game 2 and a 4-1 victory in Game 3. Eberle led the Isles with 4 aims in 4 video video games.
The Islanders deal with the winner of the Capitals-Hurricanes sequence inside the second spherical. New York head coach Barry Trotz led the Capitals to their first Stanley Cup title in franchise historic previous remaining yr sooner than changing into a member of the Islanders.