After starting off the series with a thrilling overtime win, the Islanders take Game 2 with a 3-1 victory in regulation.
An overlooked stat from Game 1 was that Islanders center, Casey Cizikas, won 50 percent of the face-offs against Penguins star Sidney Crosby. Well, he started off Game 2 on the right note, winning the face-off leaving the crowd going absolutely nuts.
The first period ended with neither team scoring a goal. The Penguins committed four penalties, the Islanders with two. At one point, it was four on four after penalties were called on both Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Islanders forward Leo Komarov with just under 12 minutes left, but neither team managed to score.
The second period started with the Islanders failing to execute on two more power plays. Erik Gudbranson scored the first goal of the game to take a 1-0 Penguins lead with just under 10 minutes left.
A few minutes later, the Islanders finally got on the board with a goal by Anthony Beauvillier. This was Beauvillier’s first career playoff goal.
A fight between both teams broke out right after the goal leaving Mathew Barzal and Matt Martin serving two minutes for roughing while Marcus Pettersson served two minutes for the Penguins. The Penguins failed to score on yet another power play.
It wasn’t until 12 minutes left in the the third period that the Islanders started to take off. Jordan Eberle scored a B-E-A-utiful backhanded goal, which awarded him his second point in the game and fourth in the series. It was also Barzal’s second assist of the game.
The Islanders eventually went on a power play thanks to a tripping penalty on Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist. This led to a Josh Bailey goal with just 12 seconds left on the power play. Right before the goal, Kris Letang’s stick broke which left the Islanders with a temporary 5 on 3 before Bailey’s goal.
Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner managed to stop all of the Penguins 15 shots in the third period. And while the Islanders did manage to win this game thanks to a stout defense, they’re going to need to start executing on their power plays.