Crosby and Malkin fight for Penguins in Game 4 loss to Islanders
Evgeni malkin and Sidney crosby thought the Pittsburgh Penguins could have done more in a 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup First Round at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York on Saturday.
Malkin didn’t have a shot on goal in his second game after an undisclosed injury. At the same time, the second-row center could have done less on Saturday, when he went to the penalty box three times in the first two periods.
“I understand that I will be more disciplined in the next game,” said Malkin. “We’re not happy. Not just me. I think the whole team is not happy with what we did tonight.”
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Crosby, who had two shots, did not score for a third straight game as the Islanders tied the best of 7 series. Game 5 is in Pittsburgh on Monday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN1, TVAS2, ATTSN-PT, MSG, MSG +).
Crosby’s right wing Bryan rust has one goal, scored in a 2-1 win in Game 2, and the left winger Jake guentzel has an assist from the first game.
“We had a great appearance,” Crosby said. “They’re not going to give you a ton of it, so when you have the chance, you have to capitalize. You have to execute. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do it.”
Crosby had an assist in four games when the Penguins were swept away by the Islanders in the first round of the 2019 Eastern Conference.
He scored in a 4-3 overtime loss in Game 1 to give him 190 points (69 goals, 121 assists) in the Stanley Cup playoffs, tying Brett Hull for seventh in NHL history. .
Crosby’s highlight since then was a diving block on a shot from Brock Nelson who could have tied the third game 34 seconds later Brandon tanev scored the deciding goal with 3:36 left in a 5-4 win for the Penguins on Thursday.
Crosby has played three scoreless games once in the regular season (April 27 to May 1 against the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals).
“He’s a very good player,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. “’Limit it.’ This is the best way to describe it. He will always get something, he will always create, he will always do a lot of good things. We just did a decent job, but it has a very low level of people in this business. “
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Malkin, who missed 23 games with a lower-body injury suffered on March 16, has not scored a goal in six games since his return. He missed the first two games of this series after thinking he could have changed something during Pittsburgh’s regular season finale on May 8.
“I feel good,” said Malkin, who had two assists on Thursday. “I skated a lot before I started playing. I walk on the ice without pain, without anything.… I feel better with every game. ”
Malkin’s first of three penalties on Saturday came at 4:07 of the first period, when he was called up for the rough. He then left for the high sticking at 7:47 and stumbling with the Penguins led 2-0 at 17:55 of a second.
The Islanders didn’t score with Malkin in the box, but took advantage of three penalties from the Penguins in the third period, scoring twice on the power play.
“We understand that we [took] too many penalties tonight, “said Malkin.” Of course, in the next game we have to focus and play in a disciplined way. Don’t give them a chance to play on the power play and not take bad penalties. “