Wednesday night’s playoff games provided a slate of thrilling hockey. All four games were decided by a single goal, with three of them requiring overtime. Thursday night? Not so much.
The Penguins were on the winning end of one of the three blowouts on the evening, thrashing Evgeni Nabokov and the Islanders to take a 3-2 lead in their opening-round series. After a scoreless first period, Sidney Crosby provided the exclamation point on a three-goal second, splitting two Isles defenseman before beating Nabokov blocker-side.
Check out Crosby’s beauty in the video below.
Crosby’s score was nifty, but the Penguins didn’t need grade-A shots to beat Nabokov on Thursday.
The Isles netminder allowed four goals before being yanked in the third period, and none was worse than this one off the stick of Pittsburgh’s Douglas Murray. Murray’s shot from the point was on a trajectory to hit Nabokov right in the chest, but it nicked off the top of the goalie’...