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Islanders Take 2-0 Series Lead Against Penguins

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Jordan Eberle and Josh Bailey scored in the third period and the Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-1, on Friday night at Nassau Coliseum for a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Anthony Beauvillier also scored and Robin Lehner stopped 32 shots to help the Islanders open a postseason series with two wins for the first time since sweeping Edmonton in the 1983 Stanley Cup finals.

Mathew Barzal had two assists in a game that featured a lot of hard hits and some skirmishes, especially in the first two periods — and also after the final buzzer.

Erik Gudbranson scored and Matt Murray finished with 31 saves for the Penguins, who have lost the first two games of a postseason series for the first time since the 2013 Eastern Conference finals against Boston. Game 3 is Sunday in Pittsburgh.

After a turnover by the Penguins near their blue line, Barzal sent the puck up to Eberle on the right side. Eberle skated across the front and sent a backhand in at 7 minutes 54 seconds of the third to give the Islanders their first lead of the night.

Bailey, who had the overtime winner in Game 1 on Wednesday night, then gave the Islanders a two-goal lead with 8:22 remaining on their sixth power play of the night. Devon Toews fired a shot that hit Anders Lee, and the puck came to Bailey, who put it in from the right side.

Gudbranson gave the Penguins their first lead of the series as he took a pass from Evgeni Malkin and fired a one-timer that beat Lehner’s blocker side and went in off the post with 9:24 remaining in the second.

BLUE JACKETS 5, LIGHTNING 1 Matt Duchene had a goal and three assists, Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves, and Columbus stunned host Tampa Bay to take a 2-0 series lead.

The Blue Jackets also got goals from Cam Atkinson, Zach Werenski, Riley Nash and Artemi Panarin. Columbus, which will host Tampa Bay on Sunday night, won the first two games of the first-round series with the eventual Stanley Cup champion, Washington, which won the next four games.

Mikhail Sergachev had a goal and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 22 shots for the Lightning, who lost two games in a row just twice in the regular season. Tampa Bay matched the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings for the most wins in a regular season with 62.

Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, who led the N.H.L. with 128 points, was again scoreless and picked up tripping, boarding and 10-minute misconduct penalties late in the third period.

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