New York Islanders Sweep Pittsburgh Penguins With 3-1 Game Four: 3 Takeaways

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PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 14: Jordan Eberle #7 of the New York Islanders celebrates after scoring a goal during the first period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG PAINTS Arena on April 14, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders have swept the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 3-1 game four win. What can we take away from the game?

With a 3-0 hole, the series was on the brink for Pittsburgh Penguins who haven’t been swept since 2013. The New York Islanders hadn’t swept a team since 1983.

Remember (how could you forget), the Islanders weren’t supposed to be here. They were supposed to be dead and hoping for a first overall pick back in September.

But team defense, a singular goal, and a team playing as a single unit brought them to the playoffs. A 48-27-7 regular season record and 103 points weren’t expected but the Islanders delivered.

All that regular season success earned them a first-round date with the Pittsburgh Penguins who won two Stanley Cups in the last three years. Again, the Islanders weren’t favored.

The New York Islanders just continued to play the way they’ve played all year.

They won game one in a shooters gallery with seven goals between both teams. But game two, three, and four the Isles held the Penguins to a single goal. Team defense, a tireless work ethic, and taking advantage of their opportunities paid off for the Isles with four wins in a row.

Sweep. It’s something that hasn’t been used positively for the New York Islanders. And rightfully so, the Isles hadn’t swept a team since the Edmonton Oilers back in the 1983 Stanely Cup finals.

Here’s what you can take away from game four.

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