The Penguins entered the third period with a 4-2 lead, having scored four consecutive goals after the Islanders opened the game with two quick ones in the game's first six minutes. But third-period goals by Kyle Okposo and John Tavares tied it at 4-4, meaning extra hockey for everyone at Nassau Coliseum.
Okposo, who is having a very good series, got the comeback started with this shorthanded breakaway, which required some deft footwork to accept the puck and kick it to himself while staying onside:
Tavares tied it five minutes later with a sharp wrist shot high to Marc-Andre Fleury's stick side.
When Penguins defenseman Douglas Murray made it 4-2 with a goal late in the second period, it looked like the top-seeded Penguins might have a comfortable third to reassert control of the series. But nothing has been comfortable in this series, and the lowest-scoring game has been Pittsburgh's five-goal Game 1 blowout.
The Penguins hit the crossbar twice in the third period, once when it would have extended their two-goal lead and once after the game was tied and Douglas Murray came inches from scoring a go-ahead goal with 1:30 left to go. The Islanders outshot the Penguins 13-3 in the period and are outshooting them 34-19 through regulation time.
The next goal wins, and gives the winner a 2-1 lead in the series.