Another game, another opportunity for Jordan Eberle to write his name on the score sheet.
The Islanders forward scored a goal for the third straight playoff contest as his team defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Sunday and took a 3-0 stranglehold on their first-round series.
The 28-year-old’s first-period marker represented the equalizer after the Penguins had taken an early lead. Just 28 seconds after Garrett Wilson put Pittsburgh up 1-0, Eberle received a pass from Ryan Pulock on the left wing and immediately shot a sharp-angle wrister above Penguins goaltender Matt Murray’s right shoulder.
Brock Nelson proceeded to give the Islanders the lead just over a minute later, then Leo Komarov and Anders Lee neeted in the third period to cement the win, which put team up 3-0 in a playoff series for the first time in nearly 36 years.
The @NYIslanders hold a 3-0 lead in a best-of-seven series for the 10th time in franchise history and first since 1983, when they swept the Wayne Gretzky-led Oilers in the #StanleyCup Final. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/wCGocZDbaH
Sunday’s output means Eberle now has three goals and two assists thus far in the postseason. He can add to his tally when the Islanders go for the series sweep on Tuesday.
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