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Playoffs Today: Penguins, Islanders look for series edge

May 5, 2013, 10:03 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH, PA - May 3: The New York Islanders celebrate after scoring during the second period in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center on May 3, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Vincent Pugliese/ Getty Images) Getty Images

We got back-to-back doubleheaders today, starting with two afternoon games on NBC before the action moves to NBCSN in the evening.

All of the games can be watched on NBC Sports Live Extra in addition to the channels mentioned below.

Game 3: New York Islanders host Pittsburgh Penguins (12:00 p.m. ET, NBC)
Series tied at 1-1

Sidney Crosby made his return in Game 2 on Friday and led the Penguins to a 3-1 lead through 20 minutes. Pittsburgh had already taken Game 1 by a score of 5-0, so it looked like they might be too much for the eighth seed Islanders. Instead the Islanders scored three unanswered goals in the last two periods to even the series.

“For us being in the playoffs and losing the 1st game the way we did, this game was a little bit of a statement game,” Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov said.

But can the New York Islanders build off of that victory? They were just 10-11-3 at home this season, including two losses against Pittsburgh. At the same time, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma doesn’t want to underestimate the boost the Islanders will get in Nassau Coliseum during the playoffs.

“Our players have not seen this building like the way it’s going to be tomorrow,” Bylsma said in a Newsday report. “It’s going to be loud and it’s going to be a pretty crazy building.”

Brian Engblom will join play-by-play commentator Dave Strader.

Game 3: Minnesota Wild host Chicago Blackhawks (3:00 p.m. ET, NBC)
Blackhawks lead series 2-0

Going into this season, we saw three of the last four Presidents’ Trophy winners get booted from the playoffs in the first round. So far the Chicago Blackhawks have managed to defy that trend.

They were dominant from start to finish in the regular season, winning frequently in both blowouts and one-goal contests. That ability to compete in all situations should serve them well in the postseason and it certainly has so far.

All the same, Wild coach Mike Yeo isn’t giving up hope.

“Because we’re down 2-0, it doesn’t mean this series is over,” Yeo said. “I’ve been a part of series where we’ve come back from being down 2-0 and I know there’s other people on our team who have as well.”

Analysts Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire will be on hand for NBC, as will play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick.

Game 3: Ottawa Senators host Montreal Canadiens (7:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN)
Series tied at 1-1

This series has been emotional on and off the ice, from controversial hits to verbal brawling.

Both teams have taken a game, which means the Montreal Canadiens will need to win at least one game in Ottawa in order to advance past the first round.

Montreal has a fantastic 15-7-2 road record while the Senators might have some trouble keeping the Habs’ faithful out of Scotiabank Place.

Randy Hahn will be the play-by-play guy for NBCSN’s doubleheader and he’ll be joined by Brodie Brazil, Bret Hedican, and Drew Remenda.

Game 3: San Jose Sharks host Vancouver Canucks (10:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN)
Sharks lead series 2-0

The Sharks took Game 2 in dramatic fashion with Patrick Marleau netting the tying goal with just 56 sec remaining in regulation time. Raffi Torres then completed the comeback at 5:31 of the overtime period.

“We’re a bunch of veterans,” Sharks’ captain Joe Thornton said. “All of us have played in so many playoff games, the calmness is scary sometimes.”

Thornton has never won the Stanley Cup before and he’s running out of chances, but the same can be said for Vancouver’s Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

The Canucks have the same veteran presence as the Sharks, both have been dominant forces in the regular season for years, and neither franchise has ever won the Stanley Cup. Neither team wants to see another year end in failure as their core players gradually head towards the decline of their careers.

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - May 5, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Thank The Lord were not stuck with two faced Doc Emerick calling the Pens vs. Isles game! Can’t stand him one bit! Hopefully the Pens come to play a full 60 minute game this afternoon. Fleury can’t have another Tom Barrasso performance in net again.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 5, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      Another thing lets give thanks that the one faced honk for the team from pittsburgh piere iam for hire mcguire isn’t between the bench’s blowing kisses to the team from pittsburgh today ! The FLYLANDERS will not lose on home ice,,, this series is over it just hasn’t ended yet ! LETS GO FLYLANDERS DANT ! DANT ! DANT ! DANT ! DANT ! OUT IN THE FIRST ROUND THREE YEARS IN A ROW ! FIRE THE COACH ! CROSBYS RUSTY ! LOOKS LIKE THE PENS NEEED A GOALTENDER MORE THAN THE FLYERS ! MALKINS SORE FROM SUNBURN ! PLAY 60 MINUTES ! THE FLOWER SCORES ON HIMSELF ! MORROW SKATES LIKE AN OLD GROUND HOG ! VIVA LOS 1975 ! OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ! NOTE TO YINZERS : I will be posting during the game so join in and let me rub it in yo face ! OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH !

      • manchestermiracle - May 5, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        Isn’t it a little early in the day to be drunk?

      • revansrevenant - May 5, 2013 at 11:11 AM

        It’s never too early in the day to be drunk.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 5, 2013 at 11:11 AM

        ya know womanchestermiracle good luck with getting that soccer in america thing started but anywhoooooo it may look like that but its just good old clean living,,, endorphins firing on all cylinders on this beautiful morning just feeling good about my FLYLANDERS I know its tough for you to realize that but if you get your snoot out of that pint of GUINNESS and kick that soccer act to the side you may someday experience what its like not being a fraud ! LETS GO FLYLANDERS ! OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

      • pitpenguinsrulez - May 5, 2013 at 11:34 AM

        You must truly have nothing better to do with your life than just troll on penguin articles constantly. I guess it must suck seeing to see your teams the Giants and Flyers all miss the playoffs this season. Instead of trolling on here I have a suggestion for you which is this: Go to your local Lowes or Home Depot buy a large trash can, a trash picker upper, and a bulk pack of garbage bags. Now you might say “Well why do I need all of this?” Well since Philly looks like a dump with trash everywhere and with the Flyers out I think that this would be an excellent time to do some community service and clean out your dumpy city

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 5, 2013 at 11:41 AM

        you forgot to say my my wears army boots

      • REDSKINSFORLIFE - May 5, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        hopefully the islanders show what a little girl crosby is. Nice full face shield cindy.

  2. giantssb42champs - May 5, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    A little trivia. This is the first Isles nationally televised home playoff game on NBC since game 6 of the 1975 semis vs Flyers.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 5, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      You gotta love that piece of karma LET GO FLYLANDERS !

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 5, 2013 at 10:47 AM


      • handsofsweed - May 5, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        Right. But you’re still wrong about not understanding the difference between “one” and “plural.” And I was right, they were both in the same conference the entire decade of the 80’s.

  3. haterzinc - May 5, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Eiggles = definition of a troll

    • theageofquarrel - May 5, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      Let me fix that for you.
      Eiggles = definition of a turd

  4. haterzinc - May 5, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Eiggles= queen of trolls

  5. haterzinc - May 5, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Troll=get a life

  6. haterzinc - May 5, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Eiggles= the epitome of the Philly fan base

  7. haterzinc - May 5, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Eiggles= such a DB even fellow Philly fans Hate her

  8. wisdomnfl - May 5, 2013 at 11:40 AM


    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 5, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      2011 2012 2013

      • handsofsweed - May 5, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        1991, 1992, 2009.

  9. sportsfaninyyc - May 5, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Which channel/ network is broadcasting the Flyers game today???

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 5, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      2011 2012 2013

  10. haterzinc - May 5, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Cheer leading is the new sport in Philly……..F.L.Y.L.A.N.D.E.R.S….. Never you you DBs rooted for division opponents. You gonna root for the rags next round

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 5, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      I have two favorite teams the first MY PHILADELPHIA FLYERS and the second WHO EVER IS PLAYING THE TEAM FROM PITTSBURGH

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 5, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      Where are you, where you at, knock knock you there, just in case you did not know its 2-0 FLYLANDERS ! OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH !

      • haterzinc - May 5, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        2-2 troll. Perhaps you should wait until the game is over to potentialy celebrate

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 5, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        Yes you just knew when the FLYLANDERS went up 2-0 the team from armpittburgh was going to be rewarded with the pop up 5 on 3 ! LETS GO FLYLANDERS !

  11. haterzinc - May 5, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Eiggles are you retarded or did you COMPLETELY BLOCK 2010 out of your MEMORY…same goes for yards like lax and broadst

  12. pensman29 - May 5, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Well shoot pens…

  13. pensman29 - May 5, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Wiggles you should find a wall that needs painted.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 5, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      The one behind your moms headboard is pretty beat !

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 5, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      Did you hear me the one behind your moms headboard is pretty beat !

  14. haterzinc - May 5, 2013 at 12:55 PM


    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 5, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      Haha ???? dude your team full of superstars is up one goal in the series and they had to get back in the game by being rewarded their usual pop up 5 on 3

  15. pensman29 - May 5, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    I was saying you should kill yourself.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 5, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      No you were saying I needed to find a wall to paint I found one the one behind your moms headboard I just got started she picked the colors black and orange !

  16. pensman29 - May 5, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    I think I just heard a pin drop in Nasseu Collisium.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 5, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      No,,,,, that was the refs whistle putting the team from pittsburgh on the pop-up 5 on 3 !

  17. bobhpine - May 5, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    I know it can be hard to look away when someone has so little self-respect that they are willing to continually willing to embarrass themselves, but ignoring this eiggles loser really is the only thing he won’t be able to stand.

    We are giving him the attention his parents/females never have.

    Again, just ignore the loser.

  18. mclovinhockey - May 5, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Gotta agree, eggiles, what are you doing? You are making our fans look like idiots.

    Although I did laugh at the Flyanders thing.

    Still you are like the flyers version of Crossberries and his 10000 other names

  19. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 5, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    PHT, eigglesnosuperbowls has to go.

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