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Islanders ‘Jarr’ Penguins 5-3, Jarry Breakdowns, Isles Series Win in 6

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It was a different script but the same ending. The Pittsburgh Penguins season is over, again at the hands of head coach Barry Trotz and again by the New York Islands.

For the third consecutive time, the Pittsburgh Penguins were ousted in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and for the second time it was to the New York Islanders. In front of a raucous crowd at Nassau Coliseum, the Islanders rocked the Penguins for three unanswered goals in the second period en route to a 5-3 win in game 6 and a 4-2 series win.

The teams broke loose in the first period for four goals, though New York was gifted another soft goal by Penguins netminder Tristan Jarry, who remained at war with himself.

The Penguins quickly established a continuation of their Game 5 offensive barrage. Just 87 seconds into the game, Penguins winger Jason Zucker intercepted a centering pass and sprang Jeff Carter on a two-on-one. Carter slipped behind the Islanders defender and was unabated to the net. Carter (4) slipped it through Ilya Sorokin’s five-hole for the opening tally.

The Penguins should have been off and running, however, it hasn’t worked that way in the series. At least not for the Penguins.

Five minutes into the first period, New York tied the game when both Kris Letang and Sidney Crosby stepped forward in defense instead of retreating. Anthony Beauvillier beat Crosby to the Penguins zone for a two-on-one. Beauvillier got a free pass to the net and beat Jarry high-glove side.

Jarry has developed a bad habit in the last couple of weeks of dropping his glove and the Islanders have torched him for at least six goals in the series to that spot. 1-1.

That was just the start of the wild scoring. The Penguins kept scoring, and the Islanders kept answering, and not always with good goals, either.

The Penguins earned their second lead of the first period with a power play goal midway through the period. Penguins winger Jake Guentzel (1) scored his first of the series with a turning shot from the slot. 2-1.

But the Islanders answered, again.

One minute later, Jarry blocked a long wrister directly to Kyle Palmieri, who redirected the puck into the net.

That was the end of the first period of wildness. The second period had more waiting for the more than 9,000 fans at the Nassau Coliseum.

The Penguins again struck within the first two minutes of the period and took their third lead of the game. Jason Zucker (2) neatly deflected Cody Ceci’s shot. The Penguins had momentum. For a moment.

Midway through the period, the Islanders reeled off three goals in 2:59 to put away the Penguins.

Another of the Penguins who didn’t have a good game, Sidney Crosby was beaten by Beauvillier at the blue line. The resulting breakdowns allowed Brock Nelson (2) to be uncovered on the backside and he snapped it into the open net.

Just 13 seconds later, Jarry allowed a goal from the point as Ryan Pulock’s snap shot was untouched but Jarry didn’t see it and New York had its first lead. It was the fastest two goals in the Islanders playoff history.

The icing on the Islanders’ cake was again Nelson who finished the triple play with a wrist shot from the hashmarks. The shot dribbled through Jarry’s five-hole as the goalie simply hung his head. 5-3.

Head coach Mike Sullivan called timeout but did not pull Jarry in favor of regular season third-string goalie and minor league journeyman Maxime Lagace.

The Penguins scored three goals on their first 11 shots, but the Islanders continued to answer and the Penguins’ offensive zone advantages mattered not.

Defenseman John Marino took a four-minute high sticking penalty with four minutes remaining and that was the end of the Penguins season.

Islanders rookie goalie Ilya Sorokin made 34 saves on 37 shots. Jarry stopped only 19 of 24.

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Katz
Katz
3 months ago

Well as Dan is all to aware I have stated since before the season it’s all about the playoffs. I’ve angered many with my ‘Show Me’ mantra , but after the last two playoff embarrassments this was only about the playoffs Each team in the East was praying to play Pgh in the 1st Round. Surely the Islanders smiled . Wash would already be waiting for Boston . Boston would have easily beat Pgh. First place in the Division is devalued significantly It’s for those who dance to Cotton Eyed Joe. Penguins = Washington Generals Playoff Patsys . And Sullivan… Read more »

Last edited 3 months ago by Katz
Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
3 months ago
Reply to  Katz

Have a great summer!

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
3 months ago
Reply to  Katz

Stubborn Sullivan must be fired!

D1VE is Dumb
D1VE is Dumb
3 months ago
Reply to  Katz

Please don’t ever come back. Also, consider changing your name to “Negative Nancy,” it is much more fitting for you.

Zane Gearhart
Zane Gearhart
3 months ago

What would it take for Burke to get Gibson out of Anaheim? Isn’t he from Pittsburgh? That series may have destroyed Jarry’s career. How could it not ruin his confidence. He looked scared, shaky, and lost. Even if he recovers and has a great regular season, you know the 1st playoff game it will be in his and his teams heads again.

Anaheim needs scoring help. Give jarry plus a good winger, for gibson

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
3 months ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

I say try and get him!

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
3 months ago
Reply to  Zane Gearhart

How about Jarry and McCann

D1VE is Dumb
D1VE is Dumb
3 months ago

Jarry and Zucker would be better for the Penguins.

Zane Gearhart
Zane Gearhart
3 months ago
Reply to  D1VE is Dumb

Maybe you can hit the trifecta and get them to take Petterson back as well

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
3 months ago

Let the John Gibson watch begin. Had they had merely a competent goalie, they would have won in five.

Crosby's Washed
Crosby's Washed
3 months ago
Reply to  Mark Fisher

Yeah but they didnt have a competent goalie, nor a coach who knew how to make playoff game adjustments like the Islanders. Notice Sorokin took over the series after the Isles dropped 2 games? Pengs got out coached, out goalied and most of all out willed. #LGI

D1VE is Dumb
D1VE is Dumb
3 months ago

Enjoy it while you can. Bruins in 5 if not 4…Puck the Isles

Jack McCrory
Jack McCrory
3 months ago

Last year it was the assistants this year Has to be the head coach to get The AX

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
3 months ago
Reply to  Jack McCrory

Please get rid of Sullivan

Steve
Steve
3 months ago

They aren’t the Avs. They aren’t playing at a speed other teams can’t match, especially when the other team collapses around their net and is more physically dominant. The Isles kept pounding on the Pens and the Pens fought, but they aren’t in the same weight class. If they couldn’t play a speed game, then it was in the Isles’ favor. Jarry had a bad series and that’s that.

Lots of questions about Jarry going into the summer. Burke will no doubt make the team bigger and stronger. It’s going to be an interesting offseason.

David Heyl
David Heyl
3 months ago

This team is not built for playoff hockey & now Pens must pay the piper. No real assets or prospects. An old core of salary cap vets & no prospects. Be prepared for the playoff run to end & a long painful rebuild ahead.

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
3 months ago
Reply to  David Heyl

The only people on this team that I feel are untouchable are Crosby and Carter if he wants to stay.

Steve
Steve
3 months ago

Carter definitely won me over. Looking at the expansion draft, they can keep 7 forwards. If I were guessing, I think Zucker and McCann are on the outside of that right now. But that may be an emotional answer. McCann really disappointed me in the playoffs. Zucker’s a great teammate. He scored more than Guentzel and McCann this playoff. But it’s his contract. With a flat cap, he is likely gone in order to give the team a chance to do something impactful.

Jstripsky
Jstripsky
3 months ago

Einstein’s definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. 3 years in a row playing the same way and not adjusting to the opponent and 3 quick exits matches that definition.

Changes need to be made to the roster and if Sullivan is unwilling to change the system to utilize the new players, he needs to go too.

Craig
Craig
3 months ago
Reply to  Jstripsky

Ron Hextall now has his excuse to get who he wants as head coach. Sullivan’s shelf life has expired, time to change.

Steve
Steve
3 months ago
Reply to  Craig

I am sure there will be an internal evaluation. But I think Dan nailed it in his Q&A. Hextall and Burke will come to Sullivan and say they need to change their style. Maybe not change but add layers to it. When Burke was hired he said that having a coach in place that he trusts was a big factor in his taking the job. I don’t think Sullivan’s going anywhere. If they do fire him, he will start behind the bench somewhere next season (after all, odds are solid that Rutherford will be hired somewhere this summer). Sullivan’s a… Read more »

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
3 months ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

I hope it is a plan Sullivan can’t live with.

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
3 months ago
Reply to  Steve

Trouble is Steve Sullivan won’t change and that is why he must go. Yes JR will be back in the league this summer maybe with Buffalo. Sullivan would be scooped up quickly and organize another small fast team somewhere else NOT HERE!

Steve
Steve
3 months ago

You may be right. I admit that quote in his postgame presser didn’t inspire confidence. Remember when Crosby said having Tom Sestito made him feel ten feet tall? Matt Martin played like he owned the rink. He was constantly in people’s faces, yanking them down violently around his team’s net, and playing physical. They especially targeted Guentzel. I don’t believe that the physical play didn’t have an impact. Sullivan needs to see that. I am sure he is emotional now. By all measures this was a very tight-knit team. Hextall and Burke will add size and strength this off-season. It’s… Read more »

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
3 months ago
Reply to  Craig

Bring in your man Hexy. Tocchett hasn’t been scooped up yet.

Steve
Steve
3 months ago

I must admit I don’t get the clamoring for Tocchet. If this was 1992, then absolutely. That’s exactly the type of player they need. But Tocchet is too close to Sullivan. If you want Tocchet, then why not keep Sullivan? Not knocking Tocchet, but if you want to move on from Sullivan then why chase arguably his closest assistant?

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
3 months ago
Reply to  Jstripsky

Sullivan won’t change he really needs to go.

Frank
Frank
3 months ago

Like everything in sports it is all about execution and mistakes. The Pens were only adequate at the former and guilty of poor timing with the latter. Add in substandard goaltending and stars not being very “ star-like” it is hard to expect much in the way of good things. It is not unique to this team. Of the last four Cup winners three were dumped in the first round rather easily. So success when it comes is always only borrowed and never owned. Tough to lose nonetheless. But tomorrow is a new day and an the opportunity to start… Read more »

Uros
Uros
3 months ago

Well, although a bit timid, finally some criticism of Jarry in the article and in the comments. He’s directly responsible for three of these games, as Murray was for the rest of it in the past years. Yes, Fleury had his moments too, but he’s head and shoulders above those who came after him. I’m really disappointed by Sullivan for his stubbornness regarding goalies. He insisted on Murray, we kept Murray, delt Fleury, delt Murray and were left with all-star Jarry. I’ll let you decide how much of an all-star he really is. When Jarry let in another soft one… Read more »

D1VE is Dumb
D1VE is Dumb
3 months ago
Reply to  Uros

You can’t argue that Murray & Jarry should be gone and that Fleury is good, unless you are a new Pens fan that didn’t see Fleury’s epic playoff meltdown in 2012 against the Flyers no less.

Uros
Uros
3 months ago
Reply to  D1VE is Dumb

Well, I can tell you that watching the magic provided by Abid after the joys of the Lemieux era was a thrill. I do remember things from way before, but this seemed much more tragic because of the way the games played out. It might be subjective, but that’s how I saw it. I just can’t blame the entirety of the Flyers series on Fleury. I might argue that you are new since you haven’t developed a blind love for the Flower in the past decade or so. I understand that he had to go because the cap was tight… Read more »

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
3 months ago

Can’t wait to see the comments when some folks on here realize Sully isn’t going anywhere.

concerned pensfan
concerned pensfan
3 months ago

for love of god please lets stop with the sales job that this core of letang, Geno and sid can still get a cup. They can’t Letang always sucks during the playoffs because he really can’t last a whole season which is why he looks so pedestrian in the playoffs same with geno need to finally trade both start the youth push, younger, faster, maybe add a matt cooke type player with some grit. Maybe also move rust and tucker

Crosby's Washed
Crosby's Washed
3 months ago

Islanders won with a rookie goalie missing their 2 stars. Coaching staff was better as well as the heart on the team. Same old Crosby.

Last edited 3 months ago by Crosby's Washed
D1VE is Dumb
D1VE is Dumb
3 months ago

The Islanders have 2 stars? hahahahahahahaha

Steve
Steve
3 months ago
Reply to  D1VE is Dumb

And apparently one them isn’t Barzal. Curious.

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