Islanders dump Flyers in Game 7 to reach Eastern Conference final

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The Islanders head to Edmonton for the Eastern Conference Finals.Skating the seeded Philadelphia Flyers off the ice and ultimately out of the Stanley Cup playoffs on Saturday night in Toronto, the Islanders won Game 7 convincingly with a 4-0 victory and secured a place in their first conference final since 1993.

They will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 on Monday night.

The Islanders limited Philadelphia to just nine shots in the game’s first 40 minutes, effectively playing on the forward failure and sticking to the 200-foot game that served them well throughout the playoffs. With every inch the Flyers tried to take, the Islanders were suffocating.

It was a full team effort and after Scott Mayfield’s goal in the first period, the Islanders now have 16 different players who scored a playoff goal.

Appearing in his career debut Game 7, Thomas Greiss dismissed all 16 shots he faced in his second playoff start. 14th career shutout.

In his first game action since Game 4 on August 30, Greiss got an early scare when a Jakub Voracek redirect slipped under him and left the post less than a minute into the game. Voracek revived another opportunity soon after with a hard shot that Claude Giroux tried to tip before Greiss took over.

Halfway through Game 1, Mayfield’s patience with the puck paid off as he won before passing the bar against Flyers goaltender Carter Hart at 9:27 for the score 1-0 . The Islanders’ front row took advantage of the momentum and pinned the Flyers into their zone, Barzal dealing the puck to Lee who attempted to return the puck but was choked by Hart’s pads.

The Islanders continued to control the pace of play before passing the Flyers 10-6 in the opening 20 minutes. Brassard got things going after faking a shot, then sent a cross pass to Andy Greene for a stopwatch in the open net to come back 2-0, 13:13 from the first. It was Brassard’s fourth point in the last three games.

Greene became the third oldest defenseman in NHL history to score in a game 7 at 37 years and 311 days.

Voracek was called up for a very sticky JG Pageau towards the end of the first and so the Islanders opened the second period on the power play but they were unable to capitalize as Jordan Eberle failed to secure a stick on a bouncing bounce.

Hart stood up through a series of shots from Isles later in the second. Nelson entered the Flyers’ zone with speed and got two shots on the gate which Hart saved before stopping a Nick Leddy shot as well. Anthony Beauvillier then attempted to hit the puck out of the air and it rang from the post at 7:30 am.

Nelson forced a roll into the defensive zone to reignite a strange man run that ended with Josh Bailey connecting with Nelson for easy clearing at the other end of the ice at 11:26 a.m. to give the Islanders a command 3-0. drive.

Bailey’s assist was his 14th in the playoffs, which counts as the most an Islanders player in a single playoff series since Bob Bourne (20) in the last Stanley Cup season of the organization in 1983.

With just over five minutes to go in the second, Greiss made a big save on Kevin Hayes before Adam Pelech jumped past a shot from Oskar Lindblom to keep the Flyers off the board.

Protecting the 3-0 lead in the third, the Islanders had to fall back after Nelson was penalized for a game delay at 6:27. But Philadelphia did not register any power-play shots as the Islanders’ penalty ended the series with a perfect score of 13 for 13.

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