Sidney Crosby returned to the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup in Game 2, scoring two goals and joining an outstanding Penguins attack that hung five goals on the New York Islanders in a Game 1 victory.
Hence, because the Stanley Cup Playoffs are an inexplicable and constantly baffling create, of course the Islanders skated out of Pittsburgh with a 4-3 win on this Kyle Okposo goal, with an assist to Marc-Andre Fleury.
With just over seven minutes left in the third period, Okposo turned and fired the puck off the end boards. It rebounded off the Penguins’ goal to Fleury, who attempted to control the puck with his pad – instead, he knocked the puck behind him and over the goal line with his thigh.
It was the second shaky goal surrendered by Fleury during an Islanders’ rally from 3-1 down.
In the second period, Matt Martin scored after another carom off the end boards.
We’ve been saying since before the postseason started: For all the potential greatness of the Penguins, Fleury was the question mark. He earned that doubt after last postseason’s terribly inconsistent effort against the Philadelphia Flyers.
He didn’t make two key saves in Game 2 on Friday night.
That said, the team in front of him was outplayed by an aggressive, desperate Islanders team that now heads to Nassau Coliseum with an unlikely split.