The Rundown: Isles Stifle Pens Stars in Game 2 Win

By: Lucky Ngamwajasat

Islanders fans, your team is halfway there.

The Isles followed up their dramatic Game 1 OT win against the Penguins with an equally impressive Game 2 performance, as they tallied three unanswered goals in the second and third periods in a 3-1 Game 2 win Friday night at the Coliseum.

While the second and third periods contained all the goals, the first period wasn’t devoid of action. There plenty of heavy hits and physicality, with the series entering a new phase of intensity.

But it would be the Penguins who would strike first blood in Game 2 at 10:36 in the second period behind defenseman Erik Gudbranson.

The lead wouldn’t last long. Nearly three minutes later, Anthony Beauvillier would deposit the loose puck into a yawning open net and get the Isles back on level terms at 13:25.

The teams were tied at 1-1 until 7:34 of the third period. Jordan Eberle tallied in his second straight game with a nifty backhand shot past Penguins goalie Matt Murray to put the Isles ahead.

Just like in Game 1, Josh Bailey would end up scoring the final goal of the night, sealing an Islanders win with a power-play goal at 11:38.

The Isles will take a 2-0 series lead to Pittsburgh and have their first 2-0 series lead in the playoffs for the first time since the 1983 Stanley Cup Final.

One of the big keys so far in this series? Sidney Crosby has been goalless in the two games at the Coliseum. Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel, who tallied in Game 1, were held in check in Game 2, as the Isles’ defensive structure clamped down and Robin Lehner made timely saves when called upon.

After the game, our Shannon Hogan spoke with Lehner after the Isles’ goalie made 32 saves in the Game 2 win.

Although the Isles are up in the series, coach Barry Trotz is taking a cautious approach and is expecting an even tougher time in Pittsburgh.

The Isles will be back in action on Sunday in a Game 3 matinee in Pittsburgh. You can watch post-game coverage after Game 3 on MSG+ & MSG Go. Get the app now!

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