New York Islanders Three Takeaways from 4-1 Win vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

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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.

The Penguins got on the board first, a deflection from Garrett Wilson that beat goalie Robin Lehner at 12:54 to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead.

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The Islanders are 4-1 in their last four road games.

Game 1 was a back-and-forth battle between the Metropolitan Division rivals, with the third period seeing two goals by an Islanders and Penguins defenseman.

Pittsburgh head coach Mike Sullivan downplayed the idea his team was "desperate" while facing a 2-0 deficit for the first time in his highly successful tenure.

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Komarov gave NY a 3-1 lead at 10:27 of the third.

Now they find themselves in a spot that seemed improbable at best a week ago: heading to Game 4 with a chance to make Pittsburgh's playoff stay the shortest of the Crosby/Malkin era. "They're not afraid of a whole lot". NY also kept Pittsburgh's stars quiet as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, and Jake Guentzel combined for zero points. Erik Gudbranson gave the Penguins a 1-0 advantage with 9:24 remaining in the second period with an assist given to Evgeni Malkin.

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