(UNIONDALE N.Y.) — Chris Kunitz scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 win over the New York Islanders in their first-round playoff series.
It was a tremendous bounce-back win for the Penguins, who were able to take a 2-1 series lead after dropping Game 2 at home against the Islanders.
Kunitz’ power play goal was set up thanks to Sidney Crosby, who played only his second game since missing a month with a broken jaw. He drew a penalty against Islanders defenseman Brian Strait that helped decide the game.
“He kind of wrapped me up,” Crosby said. “I pulled up looking for someone. I didn’t see anyone so I thought I would take it to the net.
The Islanders did take a 2-0 lead in regulation, but Crosby and the top-seeded Penguins were able to fight back and force overtime. The win gave the team back their home-ice advantage.
Game 4 is Tuesday night at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where Pittsburgh will look to take a commanding 3-1 series lead.
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