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Podcast: What went wrong for Penguins vs. Islanders in Game 1?

Tim Benz
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The Islanders’ Brock Nelson scores a first period goal past the Penguins’ Matt Murray Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.

It’s our weekly Sided.co hockey podcast with Pens Radio Network host Brian Metzer. He worked the postgame show Wednesday night on 105.9 the X after the Penguins lost 4-3 in overtime on Long Island in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Metzer and I picked it apart top-to-bottom.

LISTEN: What went wrong for Penguins in Game 1?

Primarily, we focused on the many things that melted on Josh Bailey’s game-winner for the Isles. Then when analyze everything that went wrong with the Penguins blue line.

Also, what was Mike Sullivan thinking with some of his lineup decisions? It’s not second guessing if you guessed the opposite before the game. I sure did. I never would’ve played Olli Maatta instead of Jack Jonhson. And I never would’ve benched Teddy Blueger in favor of dressing Garrett Wilson now that Zach Aston-Reese is back.

Metz didn’t like the Penguins’ offensive approach, battling the normally stingy Islanders. He tells us why. I agree.

On the plus side, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel were good. But Sidney Crosby wasn’t in top form. Neither was the penalty kill.

We miss anything? Listen here and let us know.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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