GAME TWO FINAL
Series Tied 1-1
NEW YORK ISLANDERS - We Have A Series! Isles Take Game Two In Pittsburgh, Gain Road Split. Next Stop - Long Island.
After going down 2-0 to the Penguins in Pittsburgh just over three minutes into the game, it seemed a perfect time for Long Island to lie down. Then after falling behind 3-1 after twenty-minutes, with two goals already coming from Sidney Crosby in his first game back from a broken face, it seemed like a perfect time to just punch out, or punch him. But twenty shots on goal by the Isles were telling a different story. The Penguins took twelve shots by comparison. Matt Moulson scored on what is a good Islander PP unit to keep the period respectable.
Then at just 5:12 of the second period, Colin McDonald gained the crowd's attention when he stuffed a puck past Marc Andre Fleury to make it a 3-2 game. That came on the heels of Kyle Okposo's first ever fight, as he got in some knuckles in against Matt Niskanen. In fact, the Islanders spent a lot of time in the Pens zone after the fight. A little later on, when
Playing in only his sixth period of playoff hockey, Kyle Okposo translated all his game energy into an ugly, Fleury gaffe, go-ahead goal at the 12:23 mark. And that's the way this game finished - effectively wiping out a drubbing the Isles suffered in Game One.
Ivgeni Nabokov rebounded from a sub-par Game One, in which he may also have had his bell rung via a puck to the head. Friday, he made thirty stops in thirty-three chances. He remained perfect after the Pen's three early first period goals. The Islanders took forty-two shots on goal. Fleury made thirty-eight saves. The Islanders can stand to win some more face-offs though.
It's never a series until the home team loses a game. Both teams travel back to Long Island now for Games Three and Four.