Confident Lightning, Islanders ready for Game 7 challenge
Lightning Islanders Hockey Fans cheer as Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) reacts after New York Islanders' Anthony Beauvillier scored a goal during the overtime period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey semifinals Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II)TAMPA, Fla. — (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning haven’t lost consecutive postseason games in over two years and haven’t faced a winner-take-all challenge since 2018. Neither streak will mean anything when the defending Stanley Cup champions face the New York Islanders in Game 7 of the NHL semifinals on Friday night. You play all year to get to this point,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. “I can’t guarantee the result,” the Tampa Bay coach said.wftv.com
Beauvillier, Islanders beat Lightning in OT to force Game 7
Lightning Islanders Hockey New York Islanders' Mathew Barzal (13) celebrates with Anthony Beauvillier (18) after Beauvillier scored a goal during the overtime period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey semifinals against the Tampa Bay Lightning Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in Uniondale, N.Y. Jordan Eberle and Scott Mayfield scored for the Islanders, who rallied from two goals down in the second period. Brayden Point scored for the ninth straight game and Anthony Cirelli had a goal and an assist for the Lightning. The Lightning scored twice in that period in a 3-2 loss and then won 8-0 in Game 5 on Monday night. The Islanders scored the last three in this one to even the series.wftv.com
Islanders beat Bruins 6-2 in Game 6, reach Stanley Cup semis
Brock Nelson scored twice in another big second period by New York, Semyon Varlamov stopped 23 shots and the Islanders beat the Boston Bruins 6-2 in Game 6 on Wednesday night to advance to the Stanley Cup semifinals for the second straight year.
Islanders win 5-4 to take 3-2 lead in series over Bruins
(AP Photo/Elise Amendola) (Elise Amendola)BOSTON — (AP) — Mathew Barzal scored one power-play goal and assisted on another, and Semyon Varlamov stopped 40 shots Monday night to give the New York Islanders a 5-4 victory over the Boston Bruins and a 3-2 lead in their second-round playoff series. The Islanders, who have won two in a row to take their first lead in the series, can advance to the Stanley Cup semifinals in Game 6 at home on Wednesday. Kyle Palmieri, Josh Bailey and Jordan Eberle all scored in the second period, when the Islanders opened a 4-2 lead. Brock Nelson made it 5-2 just two minutes into the third, after Jeremy Swayman replaced Tuukka Rask in Boston's goal. The Bruins scored first for the fourth straight game, but New York has come from behind to win in three of them.wftv.com
Nelson helps Islanders beat Penguins 5-3 to reach 2nd round
The Islanders will face Boston in the next round, and fans chanted “We want Bos-ton! Anthony Beauvillier had a goal and two assists, and Kyle Palmieri and Ryan Pulock also scored to help the Islanders beat the top-seeded Penguins in the first round for the second time in three years. The Penguins outshot the Islanders 12-5 in the third period, and pulled Jarry for an extra skater with about 1:15 left but couldn't break through New York's stifling defense. Bailey sent a cross-ice laser pass to Nelson on the left side and he quickly beat Jarry. After a turnover by the Penguins, Pageau brought the puck into the offensive zone and fired a shot from the right point.wftv.com
Tanev scores late, Penguins beat Islanders 5-4 in Game 3
Penguins Islanders Hockey Pittsburgh Penguins' Brandon Tanev (13) celebrates with Brian Dumoulin (8) and Teddy Blueger (53) after scoring a goal during the third period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders on Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II)UNIONDALE, N.Y. — (AP) — Brandon Tanev scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:36 left and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Islanders 5-4 in Game 3 on Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. Jeff Carter scored twice, Kris Letang had a goal and two assists, and Jason Zucker also scored for the Penguins. Cal Clutterbuck scored twice, Scott Mayfield had a goal and two assists, and Anthony Beauvillier also scored for New York. MORE FANSThe capacity was expanded to 6,250 fans for the Islanders' first home playoff game since Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Carolina on April 28, 2019.wftv.com
Islanders beat Rangers 3-0 to clinch playoff spot
With Boston’s win over Buffalo earlier Saturday, the Rangers trail the Bruins by eight points with four games remaining. It was the 13th goal this season for Beauvillier and his 13th career goal in 21 games against the Rangers. The Islanders also won seven of eight meetings between the rivals at Barclays Center in Brooklyn where the Islanders played after leaving Nassau Coliseum the previous time in 2015. Forward Mathew Barzal has played 283 straight games and defenseman Ryan Pulock has a streak of 246 consecutive games. The previous May regular season game was May 2, 1995, at Nassau Coliseum, a 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.wftv.com
Barzal shines as Islanders beat Sabres for 4th straight win
UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Mathew Barzal and Scott Mayfield each had a goal and an assist and the New York Islanders beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 on Saturday for their fourth straight victory. New York beat Buffalo for the fifth straight time this season, outscoring the Islanders 19-7 in those five meetings. Cal Clutterbuck extended the lead at 8:45, sending a wrist shot past Hutton for his second goal this season. AdMayfield made it 4-1 with his second goal of the season at 15:29, firing another high shot past Hutton. IRON MENThe Islanders have three players with consecutive game streaks of last 250 games: Lee 292, Brock Nelson 269 and Barzal 256.