For the first time in 27 years, the New York Islanders will be playing in the Eastern Conference Finals after taking down the Flyers tonight in game seven by a score of 4-0. It was a textbook game for the Islanders as they played some of their best hockey since the return to play.
Islanders Off To Fast Start
The Isles came out dominating right from the drop of the puck. Putting pressure on Philly right from the off. With just over 11 to go in the first, The Islanders forced a turnover in the offensive zone. Good puck movement opened up a lane for Scott Mayfield who found the back of the net for his first goal of the Playoffs and gave the Islanders a very important 1-0 lead early on in the contest. Four minutes later, the Islanders would strike again. Derrick Brassard placed a beautiful cross-ice pass right on the stick of Andy Greene who placed the puck in the back of the net, giving the Islanders a 2-0 advantage. They would hold that lead into the first intermission.
The second frame was more of the same for the Isles. They came out of the gate on the powerplay but were unable to convert. The only goal for the Islanders would come midway through the second period when the Isles would once again capitalize on an odd-man rush. A great play in the defensive end by Brock Nelson started the two on one rush. Ryan Pulock sent a long pass to Anthony Beauvillier who was with Nelson on the rush. Beauvillier sent a perfect pass to Nelson who put home the shot to give the Islanders a commanding 3-0 lead, a lead they would take into the third period.
Islanders Shut the Door
The Isles gave the Flyers no chance to come back. Lockdown defensive, strong forechecking, and great puck movement gave the Flyers only seven shots in the frame, which was their most in any period during game seven. The Flyers would pull Hart with just under seven minutes to go. The Isles wasted no time putting the final dagger into the hearts of the Flyers. Anthony Beauvillier put the puck into the empty net sealing the game and the series for the Islanders. The clock would wind down to zero and the game was over. Thomas Greiss, who had an amazing game, completed the 16 save shutout.
Onto The Next One.
For the first time in 27 years, the New York Islanders will be playing in the Eastern Conference Finals. However, they will need to take down the high powered lighting offense who knocked off the Bruins and Blue Jackets. It will take a very strong effort from the Islanders to take down the Lightning. But the Isles have proved that on any given night, they can beat anyone. The Eastern Conference Finals will begin on Monday at 8:00 PM.