Penguins on the verge of another NHL postseason failure

In spite of being among the NHL’s most popular groups going into the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Pittsburgh Penguins are on the brink of another postseason disaster.

The New york city Islanders beat the Penguins 3-2 on a Josh Bailey’s gift-goal in the 2nd overtime Monday to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.

The Penguins controlled Video game 5 for long stretches, outshooting New york city 50-28 just to be stymied by Islanders goalie Ilya Sorokin. The Penguins tossed away the video game with 3 errors in their own zone. They all led to objectives. The worst was by goaltender Tristan Jarry. He attempted to make a breakout skip the middle of the ice and saw Bailey take it and score 51 seconds into the 2nd overtime.

“I’m a pretty easygoing person, so it’s just about going about my business and doing what I can to be better the next day,” Jarry stated Tuesday.

Jarry has actually played every video game in the series with backup Casey DeSmith sidelined with a concealed injury. Video game 6 is Wednesday night on Long Island (6:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

The must-win circumstance is not what the Penguins anticipated after publishing a 26-8-2 record from March 2 through completion of the routine season. They now deal with a 2nd straight postseason dissatisfaction after being ousted by 12th-seeded Montreal in in 2015’s certifying round.

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Coach Mike Sullivan, who led Pittsburgh to Stanley Cup wins in 2016 and ’17, stays positive.

“We’ve got to win one hockey game. That’s the way I look at it,” he stated. “That’s what I said to the players after the game. We have a lot of leadership that has been through a lot of experiences in this league, especially in the playoffs. We’ll just keep this thing in perspective.”

The Islanders have actually beat the Penguins in 4 of their 5 postseason conferences, consisting of a four-game sweep 2 years earlier.

Islanders coach Barry Trotz stated his group is concentrated on Wednesday, within.

“When we get to our game and we’re able to stay with our game, we’re in those in those really important clinching games and and we’ve had success,” he stated. “When we haven’t been able to, then it’s a little more difficult.”

Trotz had no upgrade on forward Oliver Wahlstrom, who left the video game in the 3rd duration after awkwardly crashing into the boards. Veteran Travis Zajac most likely would play if he can’t.

Penguins on the brink of another NHL postseason failure initially appeared on NBCSports.com

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.