NHL playoffs: Islanders push Penguins to the verge of elimination

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For the Penguins to defeat the New York Islanders in this series, a miracle on ice will be required, and it's not going to happen because right now the Penguins' legs couldn't feed a puppy.

Garrett Wilson scored Pittsburgh's lone goal, a first-period deflection past Lehner that gave the Penguins just their second lead of the series.

The Islanders have been dominant over the Penguins in all three games. Yet the Islanders certainly look like they belong on the big stage. The Islanders did it against the Pittsburgh Penguins back in 1975. And now the team assembled by Lou Lamoriello and expertly coached by Barry Trotz has a chance to complete the sweep with a win in Game 4 here on Tuesday night.

Expect the Penguins to play with a lot of desperation here as a 3-0 series deficit would basically be the kiss of death.

It didn't last. Eberle tied it 28 seconds later and Nelson's wrist shot put NY in front to stay just 1:02 after Eberle's third playoff goal in as many games. He still opted to tinker with his lines in search of a spark, elevating Dominik Simon to the top line alongside Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel and putting Jared McCann - who sat out Game 2 with a lower-body injury - on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel.

It didn't quite work.

The Islanders had held serve at the Coliseum over the past week, winning a dramatic 4-3 overtime contest in Game 1 on Wednesday and a decisive 3-1 victory in Game 2 on Friday. Not that the Penguins were looking for sympathy.

The Islanders have certainly earned theirs. They're also aware the next victory will be the hardest to come by. "They're not afraid of a whole lot". It's going to be tough for the Penguins to secure a victory in NY, but it's critical if they want any hope of winning the series.

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