New York Islanders forward Josh Bailey was given a gift early in the second overtime Monday night when Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry's up-ice pass went straight to him.
"At first, I was just trying to settle it down and wanted to get a good shot off and then I kind of ran out of time and let it go," he told reporters.
His shot beat Jarry glove side, the same place where the goalie has given up other goals in the series, for a 3-2 win and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
But the Penguins are rallying around Jarry as they face a must-win road game on Wednesday.
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"It’s a team game," defenseman Kris Letang told reporters. "It’s nobody’s fault. We win as a team. We lose as a team. We’re going to shake it off and he’s going to bring his A game like we did tonight, and we’ll go in there and try to win that game."
The Penguins were stymied for the second consecutive game by Islanders goalie Ilya Sorokin (48 saves). Jarry finished with 26 saves, but Penguins coach Mike Sullivan noted that if the goalie hadn't come up big on Jordan Eberle in the first overtime, there wouldn't have been a second OT.
"We’ll rally around him," Sullivan said. "He’s been a really good goalie for us all year long. He’ll continue to be a good goalie for us as we move forward."
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