Sunday, May 5, 2013

NHL '13 Simulation: Pens Blank Isles To Take 2-1 Series Lead

The Islanders stunned the Penguins in Game 2 of their quarter-finals match-up with a 4-3 comeback win capped off by Kyle Okposo's goal to break a 3-3 tie in third period. With the series tied 1-1, the Islanders will have a chance to take a 2-1 series lead in front of their home crowd, which should be roaring, on Sunday afternoon.

NHL '13 has been correct so far with who will win the first two games, with the goal totals being off for the Islanders. Hopefully for Islander fans today's Game 3 will have a different outcome than NHL '13's simulation.

After a quiet first period that saw minimal chances for either team, the Penguins struck first at 5:35 of the second period. Chris Kunitz was left wide open in front of Nabakov and James Neal found him to give the Pens a 1-0 lead. Five minutes later Travis Hamonic was called for interference, and Pittsburgh made the Islanders pay. Chris Kunitz netted his second goal of the game when he beat Nabakov short side on a 2-on-1. The Islanders offense was almost non-existent in Game 3, and when they had their chance all they heard was a ping. Matt Moulson broke in on Marc-Andre Fleury and snapped a shot past Fleury, but off the post.

The Islanders were shut down the rest of the game, and Matt Cooke added an empty net goal to seal the 3-0 victory, and Fleury another shutout.

The Islanders will have to look to re-group and even the series in Game 4.

Three Stars:

3rd Star: Matt Cooke- 1G, 0A

2nd Star: Marc-Andre Fleury- 15 saves, 0 GA

1st Star: Chris Kunitz- 2G, 0A

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