Penguins hang on to defeat Islanders in Game 2, even series

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PITTSBURGH — Tristan Jarry made 37 saves, and the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the New York Islanders 2-1 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup First Round at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday.

Jarry got his first win in three career Stanley Cup Playoff starts and helped the Penguins even the best-of-7 series. Jarry allowed four goals on 41 shots in Game 1 here Sunday, when Pittsburgh lost 4-3 in overtime.

Bryan Rust and Jeff Carter each scored for the first time this postseason for the Penguins, the No. 1 seed in the MassMutual East Division, who had lost 10 of their previous 11 playoff games.

Semyon Varlamov made 43 saves for the Islanders, the No. 4 seed, after missing Game 1 for an undisclosed reason. Rookie goalie Ilya Sorokin made 39 saves on 42 shots for New York on Sunday.

Game 3 will be at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, MSG, MSG+, ATTSN-PT).

Rust put the Penguins ahead 1-0 at 3:22 of the first period, scoring on a wrist shot glove side from above the right face-off circle.

Carter scored his first playoff goal since April 22, 2016, making it 2-0 at 13:07. After taking a pass from Jared McCann, Carter skated by New York defenseman Ryan Pulock to the slot for a wrist shot.

Josh Bailey deked around Carter to the slot for a backhand, cutting it to 2-1 at 14:44 of the second period.

The Islanders had one shot on goal on a power play that lasted the final 1:28 of the third after Rust was called for closing his hand on the puck.

Pittsburgh led 2-1 after two periods Sunday before New York scored twice on 13 third-period shots. Jarry did not allow a goal on 10 shots in the third period Tuesday.

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