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The New York Islanders Refuse To Go Home

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Islanders would have played all night and all morning if that’s what it took, but they were not going to go away. They were not going to take the skate of shame out of the Edmonton bubble. Not after this night. Not after this game.

Not yet.

So yes, there will be a Game 6 in Edmonton on Thursday and the Islanders will still be one loss away from extinction in the conference finals. That has not changed. But here is what has changed: The Islanders will be two victories away from the Stanley Cup final.

Thursday became necessary when the Islanders recorded a 2-1 victory on Jordan Eberle’s goal off Anders Lee’s two-on-one feed at 12:30 of the second overtime to narrow Tampa Bay’s series lead to 3-2.

It was a victory achieved through a full commitment to playing the full 200×85 from the first moment to the last, one in which the Islanders contained the Lightning as well as they have yet, and one that ended with the Islanders’ struggling top line coming through with its first five-on-five goal of the series.


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SYF's avatar

Honestly, I would have given Varlamov the first star last night because he he shut down point blank shots that would have won the game for TBL.  He did that a couple of times in the most crucial moments when the Isles were pinned down in their own zone for some of the longest times I’ve ever seen in a playoff hockey game.

Eberle’s goal was cool, but not first star material.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 09/16/20 at 01:24 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Go Trotz. grin

Posted by bigfrog on 09/16/20 at 09:24 PM ET

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