The Pittsburgh Penguins are hoping to hang on tight to what happened early in the third period in their game Tuesday. The New York Islanders are hoping to forget the early part of their most recent third period.
The two teams clash Thursday at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh
Patric Hornqvist proclaimed that the Penguins (11-10-5) reached a turning point for the better Tuesday after he scored a natural hat trick in a span of 2:47 -- a club record for a hat trick -- in the third period of a 6-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche.
Pittsburgh had taken a 3-0 lead in the first period but gave up three goals in the second. The win broke a two-game losing streak.
Pittsburgh won the Stanley Cup in 2016 and 2017 but has had trouble even remaining in a playoff spot this season. The team is not satisfied with its lack of consistency.
The Penguins are hoping Hornqvist provided the spark and the accurate prediction they needed.
The Islanders (13-10-3) are looking down at the Penguins in the standings, but they, too, have been inconsistent. Since a five-game winning streak that ended in early November, they are 5-6-1.
That includes a 3-1 loss Tuesday against Winnipeg when New York took a 1-0 lead, then lost when the Jets scored goals 22 seconds apart early in the third period.
The Islanders have been held to a single goal in three of their past five games. >> Read More
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