Islanders take 3-1 series lead with 3-2 win over Flyers

Jean Gabriel Pageau scored the go-ahead objective 7:18 into the 3rd length, and the New York Islanders moved inside one win of advancing to the Jap Convention finals with a Three-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers

TORONTO — Brock Nelson is bound happy the New York Islanders got Jean-Gabriel Pageau on the NHL business cut-off date in February.

Islanders trainer Barry Trotz wasn’t certain what the rating would had been if now not for backup goalie Thomas Greiss’ efficiency in his first get started in just about six months.

Pageau scored the go-ahead objective 7:18 into the 3rd length, and Greiss stopped 36 photographs — together with a whopping 16 in the second one length — to push the Islanders inside a win of advancing to the Jap Convention finals following a Three-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday evening.

Nelson scored two times, each arrange through Josh Bailey, and the Islanders won a Three-1 lead of the best-of-seven second-round sequence with Sport five set for Tuesday evening.

New York is looking for to make its first convention finals look since 1993, when the Islanders misplaced to Montreal to 6 video games.

None of that good fortune would’ve had been imaginable if now not for Greiss, who were given the beginning rather than Semyon Varlamov with the groups enjoying on back-to-back nights following New York’s Three-1 win on Saturday.

“This night there’s no query that `Greisser’ used to be a large a part of the answer in what my opinion used to be the worst sport we’ve performed so far within the playoffs,” Trotz mentioned of the goalie making his first get started since a Three-2 extra time loss to Carolina on March 7.

He used to be relating to a moment length which ended with the rating tied at 1 in spite of the Islanders being outshot 17-Three and going just about 11 mins and not using a shot on internet.

Then Trotz credited Pageau for scoring his 7th objective of the playoffs on a breakaway.

“After that moment length, we would have liked one thing to type of push them again, and that did it,” Trotz mentioned.

Sean Couturier and Ivan Provorov scored for the East’s top-seeded Flyers, who misplaced consecutive video games for the primary time since an Zero-Three-1 skid from Dec. 31-Jan. 7. The Flyers additionally went with backup Brian Elliott, who stopped 30 photographs rather than Carter Hart.

Despite the fact that Provorov scored with 64 seconds left and the Flyers internet empty, Philadelphia controlled only one extra shot on objective, because the Islanders muddled up the puck in their very own nook for far of the general 20 seconds.

Despite the fact that the Flyers completed out-shooting the Islanders 38-33, a loss of end and defensive breakdowns value them.

“We busted a intestine available in the market. We labored our (rears) off from the beginning of the sport until the top,” trainer Alain Vigneault mentioned. “Within the 3rd length, we made a few errors they usually made us pay for it. We had some seems to be and simply couldn’t have the option to place greater than we did previous their goaltender.”

The Flyers have been stuck flat-footed in permitting Pageau to sneak in in the back of them.

Defenseman Scott Mayfield jumped into the push to arrange the go-ahead objective. Accepting a cross from Devon Toews, Mayfield fed Pageau for a breakaway. Pageau drove down the center and sneaked a shot thru Elliott’s legs, with the puck having sufficient spin on it to dribble over the objective line.

That is the kind of take hold of manufacturing the Islanders have been in the hunt for in giving up 3 draft selections, together with a situation first-rounder this yr, to procure the 27-year-old play-maker from Ottawa on Feb. 24.

“The payoff for him is clearly paying off immediately,” Nelson mentioned of Pageau. “He’s a man you’ll be able to lean on in any state of affairs. He roughly does all of it. He’s a man you admire and like to have him to your staff.”

Nelson made it Three-1 through scoring four-minutes later through finishing a give-and-go with Bailey on a two-on-one damage. Riding the Flyers zone up the best wing, Nelson fed Bailey, who returned the cross permitting Nelson to faucet the puck within the open left facet.

Greiss, period in-between, used to be sharp all through. Halfway throughout the first length, he kicked out his proper pad to foil Joel Farabee’s redirection. With two mins left in the second one length, Greiss shot up his glove to forestall Kevin Hayes snap shot off a faceoff.

The Flyers’ offense has necessarily dried up, with captain Claude Giroux having but to attain this postseason.

After combining for 11 targets in sweeping the top-seeded playoff-opening round-robin three-game sequence, Philadelphia has controlled simply 18 in its previous 10 outings.

“We need to to find tactics to attain a objective,” mentioned Giroux, who performed a large function in putting in Couturier’s objective, even supposing it didn’t result in an lend a hand. “Clearly, a bit annoyed. No longer too certain what to mention. I do know I will be able to play higher.”

NOTES: Flyers LW Oskar Lindblom took phase within the pregame warmup earlier than being scratched. The 24-year-old has rejoined the staff and hasn’t performed since Dec. 7 when he used to be identified with an extraordinary type of bone most cancers. … Islanders have 3 avid gamers — Mathew Barzal, Josh Bailey and Anthony Beauvillier — with a minimum of 10 issues in a single postseason for the primary time since 1993. … With a win in Sport Three, Varlamov (Nine-2) joined Billy Smith (1980 and ’81) to win a minimum of 9 of 11 selections in a single playoff.

UP NEXT

Sport five is Tuesday at 7 p.m. EDT.

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