Thomas Grace made his first start between the tubes for the islanders this season and several skaters of the islanders credited the goalkeeper for the momentum they took in the third period, in which they recorded two goals to ensure victory.
The German network player kept the islanders in competition with several key saves, as the flyers dominated the second period in the islanders’ 3-2 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday.
Although his only real action this season is after he replaced the usual starter Semyon Varlamov for the rest of Game 2 of this series, Grace said he just keeps thinking.
“Just stop the puck,” he said on a Zoom call after the win. “Not much is happening. This is not rocket science there. “
This was Greiss̵
After Jordan Eberle recorded a chance for quality at the start of the second, Flyers winger Joel Farabi responded for his team with a slippery shot around Ryan Pullock, who reached Grace, who gave up the rebound before quickly covering it up. Travis Sanheim then hit the crossbar before Greiss could sit down and end the game.
Then the 34-year-old Grace came up with a big save of gloves for Claude Giroud, who is still looking for his first goal in the post-season, remaining 2:35 before the second intermission. As the seconds ticked the clock, Greiss posted the rescues back to James van Riemsdick and Jakub Voracek.
“Greiser made a few big stops to keep us going,” said Brock Nelson, who scored two goals in the win. “When you have it, it gives the group the confidence that you are still in it and you can still win it in the third.”
Islanders head coach Barry Trotz probably made a correction at the door, as matches 3 and 4 were backed after a two-day break in both NHL balloons to show solidarity with the ongoing protests against racial injustice.
“He was exceptional tonight,” Trotz said. “The second period, it was amazing, the third period, it was the same. You talk about key stops at key moments, he made them. ”
Flyers coach Alain Vigno also chose to withdraw his starting goalkeeper Carter Hart for reserve Brian Elliott in Sunday’s game.
Hart has been outstanding for the Flyers so far this season, posting a 7-4 record with 2.08 goals on average and a percentage of savings of .931. Elliott supported the Flyers throughout Sunday’s game, rejecting 30 of the 33 shots he faced.
With an assist for Nelson’s first goal, Josh Bailey already has 10 apples with a high team this season, the most from the islanders since Derek King had 11 during the 1993 playoffs.