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Game3LINKS: Crosby’s brilliance, his Penguins’ un-sharpness, and the history that hovers for worse or better.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – They’re winning.

That is the point, right?

That is the point the Penguins are trying to make, anyway.

They are ahead, 2-1, in this best-of-seven Round 1 against the New York Islanders.

A year ago, after as many games, they trailed Philadelphia, 3-0.

This year is different already, right?

Well…

Look, there is a lot to take in from Game 3, starting with the third chapter of this Penguins’ playoff story:

http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/3932547-74/penguins-game-series#axzz2SW2CI2N3

Some #TribHKY chatter to chew on:

35.7 percent – That is the Penguins’ power-play over the last two postseasons. They are 15-for-42 in nine games.

Kyle Okposo’s shorthanded goal in Game 3 was the first for an Islanders player since Tom Fitzgerald in the 1993 playoffs. The Islanders beat the Penguins in the Patrick Division final that postseason. Fitzgerald is the assistant to the general manager for the Penguins.

Jarome Iginla, on the two-goal leads blown by his Penguins and the Islanders:

“Obviously, we did let momentum slip away at times. But so did they.”

= Columnist Dejan Kovacevic’s take is that the Penguins could be, uh, sharper:

http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/3932545-74/islanders-penguins-sharp#axzz2SW2CI2N3

= Sidney Crosby’s brilliance is often that level he can reach, one that cannot be matched and is impossible to prevent from impacting a game. See his drawn penalty in OT:

http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/3964334-74/crosby-kunitz-goal#axzz2SW2CI2N3

= Oh, by the way – these Islanders aren’t going away easily, and their stars are starting to shine:

http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/3932555-74/tavares-islanders-okposo#axzz2SW2CI2N3

= Matt Cooke, Brandon Sutter and injury updates in the Pens notes:

http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/3964331-74/game-matt-cooke#axzz2SW2CI2N3

= Oh, that Islanders’ PK, examined in the New York notes:

http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/3964332-74/islanders-game-games#axzz2SW2CI2N3

Cheers,

Rossi

Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib

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