"They're playing aggressive and we plan on matching that and finding a way to win this series," Pittsburgh forward Jarome Iginla said. "I think this could be great for us."
It could be great for the Islanders too. New York spent the last six weeks of the regular season scrambling to make the postseason. After needing a game to get their feet set, the Islanders have gone skate-to-skate against a team with far more experience about what it takes to be successful this time of year.
Heading into a best-of-3 to determine who makes it to the conference semifinals, New York is only too aware that it's not supposed to be here. The Islanders are playing with house money, or more specifically, Pittsburgh's money.
"It's where we want to be," Carkner said. "We've been playing some pretty good hockey. To win (Game 4), that was a really gutsy win and we're excited."
AP Sports Writer Ira Podell in New York contributed to this report.
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