Josh Bailey and Jordan Eberle also scored for New York. Sorokin, who made 39 saves in the Islanders’ 4-3 win in Game 1, was back in goal after Semyon Varlamov started Games 2 and 3 – both losses.
Tristan Jarry made 23 saves for Pittsburgh and drew mocking chants of “Jar-ry!” Jar-ry! From Islanders fans.
Game 5 is Monday night in Pittsburgh and Game 6 returns to the Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday.
As the teams skated 4-4 in the third period, Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang was called out for interference to put the Islanders to their third power play. Just as a penalty against Scott Mayfield expired, Wahlstrom shot a stopwatch that was stopped by Jarry. However, Pittsburgh’s Teddy Blueger hit the puck while trying to clear the rebound, giving New York a 3-4 lead. 0 to 6:04.
With the Islanders still on the power play, Eberle made it 4-0 just 24 seconds later as he beat Jarry high on the glove side from the inside edge of the right circle.
Aston-Reese spoiled Sorokin’s shutout with a shorthanded goal with 2:35 left. It was his first career playoff goal.
After a scoreless first period, the Islanders took control in the second.
Nelson’s redirection in the lead was ruled out by Jarry two minutes after the start of the second. Sorokin made a nice save, sliding to his right to reject Sidney Crosby in front three and a half minutes later.
Bailey scored the Islanders first with his second goal of the series at 8:07 behind the second. Letang pushed New York’s Anthony Beauvillier into Jarry, forcing the goalie back into the goal, and Bailey fired a shot past him.
Pulock made it 2-0 with 5:09 left in the middle of the period as he got the rebound from a Wahlstrom shot and pulled a single off-skate shot from Penguins defenseman Cody This and past Jarry .
Each team had eight shots on goal in a quick first period. The Islanders got off to a physical start and had better chances in the first half of the period.
Sorokin made a low tackle save on Kasperi Kapanen’s breakaway attempt at one minute. The point blank Beauvillier test was deflected by Jarry out of the pipes at about 6 minutes. Mathew Barzal took a shot from the right circle post with 2:30 left in the period.
The Islanders went 2 for 5 on the power play and are now 3 for 12 in the series. The penguins were 0 to 1 to 1 to 8.
PLAYING WITH LEAD
Bailey’s second-period goal gave the Islanders the lead in the game for just the third time in the series. In their win in Game 1, they led 1-0, 3-2, but headed for a 3:43 combined before the Penguins tied the game. They won in overtime on Kyle Palmieri’s goal. Pittsburgh has never lagged behind in victories in Games 2 and 3.
CLIMB THE LIST
Letang played his 140th career playoff game with Pittsburgh, tying Jaromir Jagr for third place on the franchise list. Crosby leads with 172 and Evgeni Malkin is second with 168.
JETS IN THE HOUSE
The 6,800 crowd in attendance included a group of New York Jets players, including newly drafted quarterback Zach Wilson and offensive linemen Connor McGodern, George Fant and Greg Van Rozen.