PITTSBURGH – It was not a mockery, but it could have felt that way.
The islanders dominated the penguins pretty well, while in the best-of-7 classification, they took the lead 3-0. Round playoff series, a chance to secure victory with a Game 4 victory on Tuesday night. But both sides understand that the series is not over and that the fourth victory can sometimes be the hardest part.
So, there was Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who had zero points and a rating of minus 4 in three games, and mentioned the unpronounceable Monday afternoon.
"It's not the position you want to be in," Crosby said as he was beaten 3-0. "But I want to be part of a team that comes back from it. We believe that it starts with just winning one game.
It would start with a game as it did on the four occasions in the history of the League. One of those teams was the 1
Such a comeback would certainly be possible The culmination of Crosby & Co., who have already completed three Stanley Cups in the last decade, including two wins in a row in 2016 and 2017. This pedigree and his pure talent are part of it What kept the islanders in place Toes That and the fact that this island group is everything. They are calm as they could be, but they know it would be a mistake to give the penguins a touch of life.
"I have to expect the best," Center Brock Nelson said. "Attempting to close a team, many high-end talents, pride and a team that has won two of the last three [Stanley Cups]. You know the environment and it will be difficult for us here. The crowd against us.
"As I said, trying to end the season will be tough."
What the islanders have done is to drain life from the penguins with strict defense, timely goalkeeping, and opportunistic attacks. At the end of Game 2 on Long Island, the penguins showed their frustration with corporality after whistling, which brought them nowhere. In Game 3, the pens scored the first goal and showed very low signs of life as the Islanders received four unanswered answers.
This makes Game 4 an interesting game as the penguins look as if they would barely board a plane and head back to New York for Game 5, which would be Thursday night. But Crosby has motivated teams before a lull, just never to that extent. He said he "did not want to go there" when he was asked what it took to achieve the fourth victory in a series, as if he was betraying a state secret. However, he remained confident in his group, which had more than a relatively high percentage of ups and downs throughout the season. Mathew Barzal "width =" 232 "height =" 291 "data-srcset =" https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/1137183598.jpg?quality=90&strip=all&w=300 300w, https: / http://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/1137183598.jpg?quality=90&strip= all & w = 1280 1280w, https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/1137183598.jpg?quality=90&strip=all&w=232 232w, https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/ 1137183598.jpg? Quality = 90 & strip = all & w = 464 464w "data-sizes =" (max-width: 640px) 100vw, 232px "/>
"Things can change pretty quickly," said Crosby, "that's why we believe that if we come with the right attitude [Tuesday]we can do it."
Maybe the islanders would privately make fun of it Statement: Little has been shown by Pittsburgh to have anything to his G will change the most. But the Islanders certainly take nothing for granted because they know that a victory can change the tone of the show.
"We played each game as a single match," said coach Barry Trotz. "We need to win another game, be it [Tuesday] or the next day or the next day, whatever."
This closer focus is exactly what has brought the islanders so far and what they expect to gain a fourth, not to become a footnote to another historic achievement for Crosby.
"You have a great group in this room, there are many talents. You've been in big games, all of that, "Trotz said." We're very busy, since we have every game. "