Islanders move to East Finals in 6-2 win over Bruins
The New York Islanders closed out their semis with the Boston Bruins after a 6-2 win in Game 6. The team is now set for the East Finals for the second year in a row, and they are eager to win better this time. New York makes it a strong win as they edged their rivals once more.
Brock Nelson led the way with two goals for New York. Josh Bailey and Jean-Gabriel Pageau each had two assists of their own to steer the scoring for the Islanders while Semyon Varlamov had 23 saves to win his fourth game in five starts.
New York has trailed 2-1 in each of their series in the playoffs. They edged the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round after coming back from the same deficit. Coach Barry Trotz was pleased with Nelson’s game and they did well to ensure Boston would not force a Game 7.
‘Brock just had a child the other day with his wife, so he's been dealing with that’, Trotz said. ‘Game 4 (4-1 win on Saturday), he played that night with no sleep. He's been battling through that. He settled in and played a Brock Nelson game’.
New York used a huge run in the final two frames of the game to close out the series. They scored three goals in the second and added two more in the third. Boston only had one goal in that span and never came close to a run that could have sent the series for one more game.
Nelson said he was keen to get to the next round, and he did not let the chance slip by.
‘When you have a shot to close a team out, you want to bring your best and I thought we've been able to do that both times now, against Pittsburgh and now Boston in front of great fans’, Nelson said. ‘It just feels right. You need to bring your A game, and I thought we were able to do that again’.
The Islanders are on the way to the Stanley Cup Final once more, and they just need to close out the East Finals in the next series as well.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores