If the islanders are the New York saints – and the boisterous crowd from the Colosseum in Nassau accepted this involuntary rebranding courtesy of opposing coach Bruce Cassidy, repeating it many times during the last buzzer – then the Bruins are Ain’ts.
They are no longer in the playoffs after the islanders’ 6-2 victory in Game 6 on Wednesday night in front of 12,000 crowds.
He created a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference finals against defending champions for the Stanley Lightning Cup, as the islanders qualified for the NHL semifinals for the first time since 1983-84.
“We recognized this as a special moment for this building,”
The lightning beat the islanders in six games last season.
“To be the best, you have to beat the best,” said Brock Nelson, who scored two goals. “I don’t think anyone was sitting here thinking about Tampa’s revenge. I’m just trying to take every game, every series one by one. Now we can turn our page and focus on them. They’re obviously a great team. “
Josh Bailey added two assists and Semyon Varlamov made 23 saves.
“It’s a full team effort,” Bailey said. “Everyone has to beat a team like that. I thought from now on Varly we play the way we have to play to win. We are certainly happy to move on. I think we still have unfinished business.”
“It’s a great opportunity to see [the Lightning] “In the semi-finals again,” said Anthony Boville. “Going back to where we were last year with some unfinished business is a great opportunity for us and we’re really looking forward to it.”
The Islanders also learned a lesson from last season, when they nearly lost a 3-1 lead to the Flyers in the second round before winning Game 7 in the Toronto Balloon. But they had to travel to Edmonton and open the Eastern Conference finals against Lightning within 48 hours and lose that game 1, 8-2 and the series in six games.
So, yes, the fight against the Bruins at their first opportunity was certainly in the minds of the islanders. The NHL has not yet announced when the Islanders-Lightning series will start, but it will almost certainly be this weekend.
“You want to close it as soon as possible,” Boville said. “We didn’t really think about Game 7, we wanted to get the job done tonight. We’re happy to be standing here with a happy face, so tonight was really well done by us.”
The islanders entered the third period, leading 4: 1 after their second period of three goals.
Nelson’s first goal was 2-1 at 5:20 when he took pickpocket Matt Grzelcyk and slid uncontrollably to the folds. Nelson scored again at 12:39 a.m. after the Islanders’ check forced a turn and Bailey fed him into the fold.
It was 4-1 when Kyle Palmieri hit him in the right post at 16:07.
Brad Marchand’s second goal with a powerful game, when he turned on the right pillar, brought Bruins within 4-2 in 5:38 from the third period, after which Cal Clutterback and defender Ryan Pullock finished it with goals with an empty net in the last minute .
The game is played evenly to start with both goalkeepers, who follow the puck well and stop the early chances. Tuukka Rask (23 saves) managed to stifle Pulock’s hard shot from the right through traffic for only 13 seconds in the game.
Defender Noah Dobson’s shot from the right became the starting point of the game, as Travis Zayak, with his first goal in the playoffs for the islanders, established a position in the low slot and returned the rebound at 8:52 from the first period.
But Bruins equalized at 1 on a goal by Marchand with a powerful game from the right round from a cross-ice pass to David Pastrnak in 17:36 of the first period. Beauvillier was booed for stumbling defender Charlie McAvoy at 2:13 p.m., and Casey Cizikas tripped Taylor Hall at 4 p.m.
The Bruins were 7-for-14 for the power play in the series.