The New York Islanders deserve full marks for their team performance in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. They gave the heavily favoured Pittsburgh Penguins everything they could possibly handle and matured significantly as a franchise.
But at the end of the day it is the Penguins that have advanced to the Eastern Conference Semi-Final after Brooks Orpik scored the overtime winner to give Pittsburgh a 4-3 win over the Islanders in game six of the series.
Orpik’s goal was his first of his playoff career in a remarkable 77 games.
This was a game that the Islanders should have won. They outshot Pittsburgh 38-21 and dominated puck possession throughout the contest.
Defenceman Paul Martin also scored a key goal for the Penguins, his first of the 2013 postseason, with 5:16 left to tie the game at two.
The Penguins will now face the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Semi-Final. That series is likely to start midweek sometime.