The Isles looked to continue their success facing the Flyers, following a win on Saturday. Winning two games in a row against Philadelphia is a tough task; they have not lost consecutive games since January. The Islanders were determined to end that streak to take a 3-1 series lead. Thomas Greiss made his first playoff start for the Islanders while for the first time in this series, the Islanders faced Philly’s backup goaltender Brian Elliott.
Great Goaltending on Both Sides Results in a Scoreless First
In the 1st period of play, the Flyers had many scoring chances. The Islanders were fortunate that Greiss made plenty of quality saves. New York turned over the puck way too much to Philly, but Greiss managed to keep his team in the game. The Islanders started to play better halfway through the first, but they ran into a hot goalie and couldn’t net a goal. The Islanders started to look promising on their powerplay generating multiple scoring chances, but Elliott kept New York off the scoreboard.
The Isles and Flyers Still Tied After 2 Periods of Play
The Islanders take the lead in the second due to a costly Philly turnover. In an attempt to clear the puck, a Flyers defenseman turns the puck over to Josh Bailey and Brock Nelson was open in the slot. Nelson receives Bailey’s pass and shoots it into the back of the net. New York’s amazing forecheck gets them a lead. Later on in the period, Philly defenseman, Justin Braun shoots and forward Sean Couturier redirects the puck into the goal.
The Isles Score 2 En Route to Victory
New York takes the lead in the third due to a beautiful pass from Scott Mayfield setting up Jean-Gabriel Pageau on the breakaway to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead. Later in the third, Anthony Beauvillier kicks the puck to Nelson setting up a 2 on 1 for Nelson and Bailey. Nelson passes it to Bailey and gets it back seconds later and shoots it in giving the Isles a 2-goal lead and Nelson’s second of the game. Towards the end of the third Philly’s Ivan Provorov shoots one in making the score 3-2. The Isles hold on to win the game taking a 3-1 series lead.