Brian Strait is a former Penguin. He is now a New York Islander because he wasn’t good enough to crack the relatively porous defense of the Pens. Now he is playing crucial minutes for the Islanders in the playoffs against his former team. So crucial in fact, that he found himself one on one against the best player in the world. He wasn’t able to contain Sidney Crosby who beat him and drew a penalty. And oh were people butthurt.
@joemeloni More like Sidney Crosby got the “Benefit of The Dive” over Brian Strait
— Ron (@ronNcaphill) May 5, 2013
Glad milbury and jr agree with me that brian strait didn’t knock down crysby and he did it himself…let them play its ot in playoffs
— Bob Horn (@BobLeeSwagger13) May 5, 2013
New York islanders penalty to number 37, Brian strait, 2 minutes for hitting a girl. #fuckyousidney
— Mark sorrentino (@Marky_slickk) May 5, 2013
This goes on forever. Mainly because the ensuing power play that the Penguins received resulted in a game winning goal from Chris Kunitz, his second of the game, to give the Pens a 2-1 lead in the best of seven series. The argument is that it was a soft call and Crosby went down to easy. Because, you know, it makes sense for a guy to dive and draw a penalty instead of taking the wide open lane to the net that he already had. Here’s a replay. Accompanied with more crying from Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick.
It wasn’t all fun and games in the social media world for Pens fans today. The first ten minutes of the game had Pens fans losing their lunch and calling for people’s jobs. Matt Moulson and Casey Cizikas gave the Islanders a two goal lead just 5:41 into the game. Nassau Coliseum was rocking. Not because of the noise. More because the building is decrepit.
For the first ten minutes, it was the Penguins that were playing with no composure. They looked slow. The Islanders were getting under their skin. It was starting to look like a game from last year’s series against the Flyers. Then a couple of veterans turned the tide. Brenden Morrow and Jarome Iginla each drew a penalty within a 34 second span to give the Pens an extended 5-on-3 power play. Iginla made it hurt even more with a goal on the two man advantage. Then, while the other penalty was still on the board, Kunitz scored his first goal on a breakaway after a long outlet pass from Evgeni Malkin from his own blue line.
Pascal Dupuis tacked on another goal in the first period off of a beautiful feed from Crosby to give the Pens the lead going into the first intermission. Even Crankshaft, Douglas Murray, scored in the second period to extend the lead to two. However, apparently the Pens didn’t learn from the Islanders. Two goal leads aren’t insurmountable. Especially with an entire period left to play.
The comeback got started when Kyle Okposo, who has been a thorn in the Penguins’ side in the past two games, made a nice play with his stick to control a pass from Frans Nielsen to give him a shorthanded breakaway which he put past Marc-Andre Fleury. The tying goal came from John Tavares who after his vanishing act in game one, has become more and more of a factor as the series has gone on.
All that effort from the Islanders. Just to lose on a “questionable” call on Crosby in overtime. Don’t blame the refs, Islanders fans. Blame Strait for putting himself in that position. Blame Jack Capuano for trusting Brian freaking Strait to effectively defend an MVP candidate. Actually, nevermind, keep crying Islanders fans. It’s more fun that way.