The New York Islanders fail to complete their glorious comeback as Philadelphia takes game two in overtime and evens up the series.
Philadelphia Dominates in the First
As the first period began the Islanders looked like the dominant side as they were the team with the extra jump to their step. However at 1:57 in the first period, Kevin Hayes broke through and sniped one top shelf past Semyon Varlamov. Philadelphia used this goal to their advantage and continued to look for a second goal. As the period progressed the Islanders looked sluggish and Philadelphia took a stranglehold on the game. At 9:43 in the first Kevin Hayes once again undressed Nick Leddy and went short side on Varlamov.
Philadelphia continued to assert their dominance and capitalized once again at 15:09 from Sean Couturier. The Islanders were now down 3-0 in the first with just under 5 minutes remaining and they knew something must change. That change was bringing Thomas Greiss into the game as Varlamov’s night was over.
Islander Pull One Back in the Second
We now enter the second period with Philadelphia leading 3-0. The New York Islanders and Barry Trotz knew that if they wanted to come back in this game they’d need a strong second period. As the period progressed New York improved and they had Philly on their heels. A huge turning point in the second was when Philadelphia’s Matt Niskanen threw a hit on Islanders forward Ross Johnston.
The Islanders began their amazing forecheck and gave the flyers minimal room. The Islanders play proved to be effective as Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek committed a delay of game penalty at 8:32 in the second. The Isles took advantage of this opportunity as the captain Anders Lee scored at 11:45 from a beautiful pass from Mat Barzal. The Islanders continued the pressure throughout the period and really set the tone for the third.
Islanders Continue the Press in the Third
The Islanders entered the third period down 3-1 but they knew they were not out yet. The Isles continued their forecheck and forced Philadelphia to make costly mistakes in their defensive end. Well at 11:11 in the third Anthony Beauvillier scored on the rush to close the gap to one. This goal proved to give the isles hope as the pressure would not stop coming.
The Isles were resilient and at 17:51 in the third Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored as the Islanders tied the game. Alain Vigneault decided to challenge the play for offsides. However, he was proven wrong and the Islanders have gifted a power play with just under three minutes remaining. However, that power play failed and we were headed to overtime.
Philadelphia Prevails in OT
The game has now shifted into overtime and in the playoffs, overtime is one nerve-racking experience for the players and the fans at home. Philadelphia knew the Islanders had all of the momentum heading into overtime and they wanted to end that momentum right away. Well, they did that as Phillippe Myers blasted a shot from the point that skipped past Thomas Greiss at 2:41 in overtime.
What’s Next for New York
This loss will surely sting but the Islanders must look forward. The New York Islanders will take the ice for Game 3 tomorrow night as they look to regain the series lead.