Penguins lose at home to fall into 3-0 hole

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													Erik Gudbranson.- MATT SUNDAY  DKPS

To continue reading log into your account Erik Gudbranson.- MATT SUNDAY DKPS

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.

Jordan Eberle scored his third goal in as many games Sunday as the New York Islanders took a commanding lead in their first-round playoff series with a 4-1 win over the host Pittsburgh Penguins. It was a continuation of the Islanders' shockingly good season, taking it to the Penguins, who have won three Stanley Cups in the past decade. Yet the Islanders certainly look like they belong on the big stage. Center Leo Komarov, left wing Anders Lee and center Brock Nelson also were able to beat Matthew Murray to light the lamp, as the Islanders seized a 3-0 series lead, pushing the Penguins to the brink of elimination.

Pittsburgh took a short-lived lead at 12:54 of the first period.

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.

The Islanders will go for the sweep in Game 4 on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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. Still, he opted to tinker with his lines in search of a spark, elevating Dominik Simon to the top line alongside Crosby and Guentzel and putting Jared McCann - who sat out Game 2 with a lower-body injury - on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel.

The Penguins were penalized eight times in the 3-1 loss, giving the Islanders six power play opportunities. "They're not afraid of competition". Just as it did back home on Long Island, New York didn't back down against the star-studded Penguins.

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