Penguins notebook: Good and bad from Cooke

| Sunday, May 5, 2013, 6:18 p.m.

Left winger Matt Cooke finished Game 3 with three shots, two hits, a takeaway and four penalty minutes.

His first penalty was a slashing foul in the offensive zone just 40 seconds after the Islanders took a 1-0 lead. His second was for roughing near the midpoint of the third period after New York had pulled within a goal.

The second foul did not leave the Penguins shorthanded. By then Cooke had so alienated the Islanders that their defenseman, Matt Carkner, tried to hit him with a stick from the bench. Carkner was penalized for interference.

Sutter struggling

Center Brandon Sutter, in his first postseason, is off to a slow start. He has yet to record a point, and he has taken only three shots. Also, he is 19 for 42 (45.2 percent) on faceoffs.

Missing pieces

Defenseman Brooks Orpik (lower body) missed a fifth straight game, though he did skate on his own before Game 3. Right winger James Neal (right ankle) missed a second straight game.

Despres' day

Simon Despres replaced Deryk Engelland as the fill-in for Orpik in Game 3.

He fell into goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who could not slide across the crease in time to prevent New York's Matt Moulson from scoring the opening goal. Despres played six minutes and 12 seconds — less than two in the third period and none in overtime.

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