With the Penguins having found themselves a formidable opponent in the New York Islanders, their playoff series in 2013 through five games had been a series of ups and downs.
A shutout to start the series put the Penguins ahead. Their inabilities to hang on to a lead was evident in Games 2 and 3, with the Penguins stealing victory in overtime in the third game. Marc-Andre Fleury lost his net after a Game 4 loss that tied the series. Tomas Vokoun moved into the starting job and a 4-0 shutout in Game 5 put the Islanders on the brink of elimination.
Back to the dreaded Nassau Coliseum for Game 6.
An early goal for John Tavares and you’re thinking “Oh boy. Not a Game 7.”
Jarome Iginla battled right back to even things up, but late in the first period, Colin McDonald puts the Islanders back on top.
Pascal Dupuis would even things up in the second with his 5th goal of the series.
Early in the third period, a goal from Michael Grabner would put the Islanders ahead for the third time in the game, and that lead held for a majority of the period.
Late in regulation, Paul Martin tied things up for the Penguins and back to overtime it went for the 2nd time in the series.
Overtime gets weird sometimes. Often it’s a bizarre bounce or a weird deflection. Heroes rise from nowhere.
On this day, it was Brooks Orpik’s time.
The series win for the Penguins would move them into the second round, where they would easily dispatch the Ottawa Senators before being swept in the Eastern Conference Final by the Boston Bruins.