Jordan Eberle scored for the third straight sport, Robin Lehner stopped 25 pictures, and the visiting Islanders rolled to a Four-1 victory towards the surprised Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday to take a Three-Zero lead of their best-of-seven first-round Jap Convention collection.
Brock Nelson added his second aim of the playoffs and Leo Komarov scored the primary postseason aim of his profession for the Islanders, and Anders Lee had an empty-net aim.
Garrett Wilson scored Pittsburgh’s aim, a first-period deflection previous Lehner that gave the Penguins their second lead of the collection. Eberle tied it 28 seconds later, and Nelson’s wrist shot put the Islanders in entrance to remain simply 1 minute 2 seconds after Eberle’s third aim within the collection.
“Playoffs are all about momentum,” Eberle mentioned. “When you possibly can take some group’s momentum away and simply proceed to construct yours, it’s key.
Matt Murray completed with 32 saves for the Penguins, however Pittsburgh once more struggled to generate offense. The Islanders, who allowed an N.H.L.-low 196 objectives through the common season, has surrendered simply 5 on this collection.
The Penguins haven’t been swept because the 2013 East finals towards Boston.
Pittsburgh Coach Mike Sullivan performed down the concept that his group was determined whereas going through a 2-Zero deficit for the primary time in his profitable tenure. He nonetheless opted to tinker together with his traces, elevating Dominik Simon to the highest line alongside Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel and placing Jared McCann — who sat out Sport 2 with a lower-body harm — on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel.
However Crosby and Guentzel have been held with out a level for the third straight sport.
“You’ve received to search out methods to attain objectives this time of yr,” Crosby mentioned, including, “Clearly, we haven’t executed job of it by means of the primary three video games.”
BLUE JACKETS Three, LIGHTNING 1 Host Columbus beat Tampa Bay once more in Sport Three, and is now one win from eliminating the group with the most effective regular-season document.
Matt Duchene, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Cam Atkinson scored, and Sergei Bobrovsky fended off a determined third-period cost to complete with 30 saves for the Blue Jackets, who can win a playoff collection for the primary time in franchise historical past on Tuesday evening.
JETS 6, BLUES Three Kyle Connor scored twice, Patrik Laine had a aim and an help, and Winnipeg gained at St. Louis after shedding twice at residence.
U.S. WOMEN WIN TITLE Alex Rigsby stopped 4 of 5 pictures within the shootout and america beat host Finland, 2-1, to win its fifth consecutive gold medal on the girls’s world championship in Espoo after a goaltender interference evaluation nullified what would have been a profitable additional time aim for the Finns.
Finland celebrated after Petra Nieminen scored on a rebound 11:33 into additional time, however the officers spent greater than 10 minutes reviewing the play earlier than disallowing the aim. America killed off two Finland energy performs to get to a shootout.
Amanda Kessel and Annie Pankowski scored within the shootout towards Noora Raty, who made 50 saves in regulation and additional time. Pankowski scored the Individuals’ solely aim in regulation within the second interval, and Susanna Tapani answered 1:43 later for Finland.