Islanders defeat Penguins in Game 6, win first-round series


UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Brock Nelson had two goals and an assist, and the New York Islanders eliminated the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 5-3 win in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup First Round at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday.

Anthony Beauvillier had a goal and two assists for the Islanders, the No. 4 seed in the MassMutual East Division. Rookie goalie Ilya Sorokin made 34 saves and won each of his four starts in the best-of-7 series.

New York will play the No. 3 seed Boston Bruins in the second round. The start date of that best-of-7 series is to be determined.

Jason Zucker had a goal and an assist, and Tristan Jarry made 19 saves for the Penguins, the No. 1 seed in the division. They have not advanced past the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2018.

Zucker gave Pittsburgh its third lead of the game on a redirection of Cody Ceci‘s shot at 1:53 of the second period to make it 3-2, but the Islanders responded with three goals in 2:59, including two in 13 seconds.

Nelson converted a cross-ice feed from Josh Bailey to tie it 3-3 at 8:35 of the second, and Ryan Pulock scored on a one-timer at 8:48 to give New York a 4-3 lead.

Nelson scored again at 11:34 when his shot from the slot squeaked between Jarry’s pads to make it 5-3, prompting the Penguins to call a timeout.

Sorokin preserved the two-goal lead with a pad save on Evgeni Malkin‘s breakaway at 13:12 of the second.

Sidney Crosby, who scored one goal in the series, hit the post from the slot at the end of a Penguins power play at 1:02 of the third period.

Jeff Carter gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead on its first shot at 1:27 of the first period on a 2-on-1. It was his fourth goal of the series.

Beauvillier tied it 1-1 at 5:16 on a backhand over Jarry’s glove after a pass from Nelson.

Jake Guentzel made it 2-1 when his shot went off Pulock for a power-play goal at 11:12.

Kyle Palmieri tied it 2-2 at 12:25 on a rebound of Jean-Gabriel Pageau‘s shot.

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