Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/07/13 at 02:04 PM ET
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
Following a Game 1 rout in which the Isles were easily dispatched 5-0, they have rebounded well with a win in Game 2 and a strong performance in Game 3, despite falling in overtime.
But it's not just about their ability to compete with the top-seeded Penguins. The Islanders believe they can pull off the upset.
"We know we can beat them," said second-line center Frans Nielsen. "We want this to go as far as possible. This series, we've felt they have a lot of guys on their team that can't skate with us. So we want this one to go to seven, because we want to get [it] as tough as possible."
Nielsen said speed has been the Islanders' biggest advantage.
"I think when we're moving our feet, they've got guys up front, on the [defense] that we can see are struggling a little bit," he said. "We've gotta skate with 'em. If we stop skating, we don't have a chance.”
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