Thomas Greiss, holy cow. I don’t know if there will be any more back-to-backs for the Islanders (certainly not in this round), so there’s no telling if we’ll see #1 in the crease again. But last night he was his 2016 playoff self, standing on his head to steal a win for the Islanders.
The Islanders definitely played well in significant stretches — and Brian Elliott’s saves on the early PK kept the Isles from building an early lead — but Greiss kept the Flyers behind and robbed them of multiple chances to tie the game in the third. A memorable performance.
- Jenny has our recap of a game that could have broken open a few different ways, depending on the period and the goalie. [LHH]
- More recaps from the Battle of the Backups, most noting Barry Trotz calling it the Isles’ worst playoff game so far: [Newsday | NHL | Post]
- And as you’ve all heard by now, they are one win away from getting reaching the conference final for the first time since 1993, which brings back memories. [Newsday | Post] Trotz: “When I came here I said this to the whole group: I had a great experience in Washington, I was able to go to the top of the mountain there in this league and I really want to share that with this group.”
- For the Flyers, a painful one that got away. [BSH]
- Feel-good story: Oskar Lindblom took part in warmups for the Flyers. (He was not scheduled to be “ready” until a little later in the playoffs, but if he’s ready now, wouldn’t Game 5 be a perfect opportunity for a spark?) [NHL]
- Larry Brooks with the timely reminder of how much of this team was put together by Garth Snow. [Post]
- From after Game 3, when Derick Brassard had a big interception and assist: BGB. [Post]
- Also from after Game 3, Barry Trotz was looking to push his guys to the next level. [Newsday]
- 31 Thoughts on many things, including the painstaking details of the Coyotes investigation that cost them a couple of draft picks. But also this: “spies have noticed adjustments in Semyon Varlamov’s style from March to now. In particular, the way he held his glove was slowing his movements left-to-right and opening his five-hole. Smarter people than me say the difference is apparent.” [Sportsnet]
Let’s take one more moment (or five) to admire cheeky Beau’s feet:
This zone exit to set the goal up pic.twitter.com/EPIVBI38kh— Dimitri Filipovic (@DimFilipovic) August 31, 2020
Zen of Trotz here...
“Our group understands that you go the distance on everything. You saw that when we were down 3 pucks the other right and we pulled it off to get it to overtime. It’s a room that understands that you have to go the distance and that distance is the final buzzer.” pic.twitter.com/YM1LEDgebe— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) August 31, 2020
Brock dotes with love on Pageau and Greiss:
“Good teams come out and forget about the first two periods and look forward. I truly believe we have that kind of group in our locker room, a lot of character, and we proved that tonight.”— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) August 31, 2020
Pageau and Nelson address the media after the win. pic.twitter.com/s8znKCdOAx
Greiss: It was “definitely nice” to get some reps in Game 2 first. He also said he doesn’t think about much, just “stop the puck. It’s not rocket science.”
“We have a lot of confidence in tight games. It starts with goaltending. A lot of confidence in both those guys and it’s worked it’s way up from there. We just want to keep it going."— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) August 31, 2020
Bailey and Greiss break down the Game 4 win. pic.twitter.com/VdD4LwAfzg
Not gonna lie, I keep chuckling to myself that boy, they sure were right about how winning in the playoffs in Toronto would be different. Former Islander Arron Asham with the shade:
El Paso, Texas, wins the annual Hockeyville USA contest. [NHL]