PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby had 100 points in 79 games in a unchanging season. He has 0 in 3 playoff games opposite a Islanders.
“Really?’’ Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk pronounced after his team’s 4-1 feat over a Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday gave them a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. “I didn’t even know that.
“That’s a thing: We’re not disturbed about what other teams are doing; we’re disturbed about what we’re doing. That’s a genius we need to have and to keep carrying to have success.’’
Boychuk and his friends have finished a dictatorial pursuit of holding Crosby and his line out of a series. According to Islanders group statistician Eric Hornick, it is a initial time a Islanders have ever hold Crosby though a indicate in 3 true games — unchanging deteriorate or playoffs.
But Islanders manager Barry Trotz denied tailoring a diversion devise for a array around shutting down a Penguins’ captain and withdrawal it to other people to kick them.
“The plan is to stop everyone,’’ Trotz said. “There isn’t any concentration on one sold guy. we consider when you’re a ice opposite anybody in this league, we take caring of your possess business. we consider we’ve been doing that.’’
The Islanders have authorised dual goals in a final dual games, that means Crosby isn’t a usually one not scoring for Pittsburgh.
The Penguins scored a initial idea of Sunday’s diversion when Garrett Wilson deflected a shot by Marcus Pettersson past Islanders goalie Robin Lehner during 12:54 of a initial period.
Jordan Eberle tied a measure 28 seconds after and Brock Nelson scored a go-ahead idea 62 seconds after that. Pittsburgh never unequivocally threatened to measure again.
The Islanders authorised usually 26 shots on idea in Game 3, down from a 33 they authorised in their 3-1 win in Game 2 and approach down from a 44 they authorised in their 4-3 overtime win in Game 1. And of a 26 shots a Penguins did get Sunday, many of them strike Lehner right in a Islanders trademark on a chest of his jersey.
Still, a Islanders spoke, stone-faced, about how a Penguins gave them copiousness to worry about.
“Don’t child yourself. They had some chances,” Boychuk said. “Robin played good again, of course, as always, and he finished some good saves when we indispensable him to. They still got a lot of chances. He played good and so did a ‘D,’ and we have to forget about this one and worry about a subsequent game.’’
Crosby, who has 66 goals and 185 points in 163 playoff games, pronounced that if a Penguins are going to puncture their approach out of a hole they’re in, he needs to do more.
“You’ve got to find ways to measure goals this time of year,’’ he said. “It’s not easy, though you’ve got to find a approach to do it, and obviously, we haven’t finished a good adequate pursuit of that via these 3 games.’’
Colin Stephenson covers a Rangers for Newsday. He has spent some-more than dual decades covering a NHL and only about each sports group in a New York civil area.