The Pittsburgh Penguins have 11 wins this season, and nine have been when tied or trailing after the second period. The Penguins have beaten the Washington Capitals four of six times but gained just one point because of three overtime wins. They are suffering a similar fate against the New York Islanders after a wild 4-3 OT win over the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on Saturday night.
The Penguins have won four of five games against New York and earned eight points, but the Islanders are 2-1-2, which gives them six points in the season series. As a result, the Penguins are still outside the playoff seedings despite being tied for the most wins in the East Division. The Penguins trail New York by one point, but the Islanders have one game in hand, too.
“I guess it’s kind of playing with fire a little bit, but it shows our team’s character and resilience,” Penguins winger Bryan Rust said. “Whether we’re down one, two, or three goals, I don’t think it matters. We’re just going to work hard and try to climb back into games.”
The Penguins are tied with the Philadelphia Flyers for fourth place, but Philadelphia has two games in hand.
In short, the Penguins need a few regulation wins because the OT-point share thing is leaving them in a perilous position.