Folks, there will be a Game 6!
Last night’s Game 5 was an extremely tense affair that lasted nearly four hours. It was over 92 minutes of hockey before Anders Lee poked Kevin Shattenkirk’s whiff off the boards to himself to start a two-on-one that Jordan Eberle finished off.
Recaps from the double-OT Game 5 win:
- Dom relays us his late-night joy and delirium. [LHH]
- The Isles are stayin’ alive. [Islanders]
- Eberle keeps our hopes afloat. [Newsday]
- Barry Trotz made changes to his lineup last night and he seemed to push the right buttons again. [Newsday]
- Eric Hornick has all the goodies from last night’s game, the fifth-longest in Islanders history. [NYI Skinny]
- A link to a link with some fancier stats from last night’s win. [OTF]
- LOOK: Some photos from last night. [Newsday]
Eberle and Ryan Pulock, the game’s goal-scorers, addressed the media.
“The boys battled hard tonight. We had some moments in the d-zone, especially in overtime where we had a broken stick, collapsed and just held on. To score that, continue to move on and give ourselves another chance in a couple of days is huge.”— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) September 16, 2020
More from Eberle & Pulock: pic.twitter.com/MO53JxttbX
And there were some laughs from Johnny Boychuk and Semyon Varlamov—who played splendidly to keep the Isles alive last night—about the goalie’s “Pete Rose slide” into the celebratory bunch.
"I just jumped because I was so excited for us. Our season was on the line today, when we scored the goal it was just a lot of emotions going through in that moment. I was so happy for the guys and that we have a chance to continue to play.”— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) September 16, 2020
⬇️ Varlamov & Boychuk on the win! ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/GhXCjhpKnb
And, of course, the boss spoke about his team’s performance.
“Our guys didn’t waver, they just kept grinding and grinding and you can get some energy from it, no question. We didn’t give up and that’s a great sign going forward.” pic.twitter.com/ul6jCZFKzW— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) September 16, 2020
Onto the bits:
- Trotz went with eleven forwards and seven defensemen, inserting “the old warhorse” in Boychuk. It wasn’t a pretty game, but it was a display of the Isles’ adjusted strategy to defeat the Lightning: just get the puck out of your zone. [The Athletic]
- Boychuk, a “father figure” to many of the younger guys, as Trotz described him, surely provided a lift to his team. [NY Post]
- The coach is unconcerned with his team’s inability to practice; most teams haven’t been able to in the bubble. [NY Post]
- Derick Brassard has yet to record a point in this series, but Big Game Brass has a knack for these big moments and it would be a good time for him to step up and make big plays. [Newsday]
- The Islanders have staved off elimination quite a few times in their history. [NYI Skinny]
- And they’re showing Tampa Bay that it won’t be easy to close them out. [NY Post]
- The long playoff run is a big plus for the Isles’ organization. [Newsday]
- For one thing, it has garnered the Islanders a lot of attention they otherwise would not have by being on the national stage. [NY Post]
- For another thing, it is surely accelerating Mathew Barzal’s on-ice maturation. [Best @ Newsday]
- The Capitals hired Peter Laviolette as their next coach. Like Trotz, he went from Nashville to Washington in less than a season. [NHL | Japers Rink]
- Will Laviolette be able to fix what ails the Caps? I’d guess yes, he seems like a good fit there. Like someone who could get the veterans’ attention. [ESPN]
- The Wild signed defenseman Jonas Brodin to a seven-year, $42 million contract extension. [NHL | Sportsnet]
- The Panthers are expected to part ways with assistant coach Mike Kitchen after it was alleged he “full on” kicked a player in the lower back behind the bench back in January. [TSN |
- Florida also announced they hired former GMs Rick Dudley and Paul Fenton as advisors and brought some former players, Gregory Campbell and Blake Geoffrion, into the front office. [NHL]