Sidney Crosby expects a greater sense of urgency to be displayed by the Pittsburgh Penguins when they play the New York Islanders in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday (12 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).
Pittsburgh, which lost Game 2 3-1 to New York on Friday, trails the best-of-7 series 2-0.
It's the first time the Penguins have trailed a series 2-0 under coach Mike Sullivan, who was hired Dec. 12, 2015, and the first time since the 2013 Eastern Conference Final against the Boston Bruins (lost in four games).
Crosby said the Penguins need to be more disciplined in Game 3 after taking eight penalties that resulted in being shorthanded six times Friday, including 54 seconds when the Islanders had a 5-on-3 advantage early in the second period.
"Ideally, we wouldn't have to kill as many penalties as we did tonight, but I thought we still generated some decent chances," Crosby said. "It's just coming down to execution. The Islanders are getting a big play and big goals and when the game is tied, and you have to try to find a way to get that next one. We unfortunately haven't been able to do it."
Jordan Eberle gave the Islanders a 2-1 lead at 7:54 of the third period before Josh Bailey mae it 3-1 with a power-play goal at 11:38.
It was the fourth straight loss in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for Pittsburgh dating to the 2018 Eastern Conference Second Round against the Washington Capitals.