What a game. What a GAME! The atmosphere was electric. The comeback was stunning. And the game-winner was a thing of beauty.
The New York Islanders forced Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning by coming back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game and send it to overtime. Anthony Beauvillier picked off a Blake Coleman pass right in front of Andrei Vasilevskiy. Beauvillier, as Butch Goring said on the post-game on MSG+, “made no mistake” on that shot.
Folks, being there was wild. That was an instant classic, capped off with flying beer cans of love. I have no voice at all.
The Lord has spoken and said that we have done well. Praise be to Bossy.
Don't be mistaken....you fans played your part in unbelievable #Isles victory last night....continue the vibe for game 7......— Mike Bossy (@Bossy5050) June 24, 2021
Islanders vs. Lightning News
Recaps from an incredible Game 6 win to keep this run going:
- So many storylines from last night, but the win was the best of them all. [LHH]
- Beauvillier won it just over a minute into overtime. [NHL]
- It would be a hell of a time for Beauvillier to break out. [Islanders 5 Takeaways]
- It was already a hell of a time for Beauvillier to snap his scoreless drought. [NY Post]
- This team is so resilient. From Jordan Eberle’s life-giving goal to Scott Mayfield’s tying snipe, to Beauvillier’s steal-and-score early in overtime. No quit. [NHL]
- That game was one to remember. [Sportsnet]
- The dream is still alive. [NY Post]
- There will be a Game 7. [Yahoo]
- And The Old Barn was as raucous as it’s ever been. [Newsday]
- If it was the last one, what a way to send it out. But we don’t know just yet if it was! [Newsday]
- No matter what, this Islanders team will live on forever. [Brooks @ NY Post]
- Only on Long Island, in Nassau Coliseum, could a shower of beer cans be considered a sign of affection. [Best @ Newsday]
- I didn’t know how the beer can thing started, but it was an expression of joy. [Yahoo]
- Coming into the game, the Islanders were 7-2 in do-or-die games at the Coliseum. Now, they’re 8-2. [Newsday]
- Before Game 6, Barry Trotz did not know what Mathew Barzal would have learned from his mistakes in Game 5; after two beautiful primary assists and an all-around excellent night, it sounds like he learned something. [Newsday]
- It was probably Barzal’s best career playoff game. And it had to be Mayfield that scored the game-tying goal. [The Athletic]
- Nikita Kucherov got hurt on his first shift of the game and never returned. [NHL]
- The Lightning will try to lean on their experience after blowing Game 6. But in this run of success over the last two years, no team has pushed them to Game 7 or made them face elimination. [NHL]
- Some key stats and the turning point. [Newsday]
- LOOK! Some images of the wild scene. [Newsday]
- LISTEN! The Newsday crew welcomed back Dan Rosen to talk Game 6. Things got mildly feisty between Rosen and Colin Stephenson. [Island Ice Ep. 103]
- Trotz loves this team. I don’t remember him talking like this about any of his previous teams.
“It’s a moment that you’ll remember. These are big moments and great memories to have. But we’ve gotta get another one.“— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) June 24, 2021
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Non-Playoff Islanders News
- President and GM Lou Lamoriello’s vision for the Islanders has been coming to fruition. [NY Post]
- Another Seattle Kraken expansion draft primer for the Islanders. [Pro Hockey Rumors]
- Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the famed Alexei Yashin trade with the Ottawa Senators. While it obviously worked out better for the Sens in the long run, what the Yashin and Michael Peca trades did for this franchise may have been worth it. [The Athletic]
Beyond Long Island and West Florida
- The Canadiens’ success has caused some reexamination of the North Division. [Sportsnet]
- One of the best “fan” articles I have read in a while, and it’s a little bit of self-awareness for the Toronto Maple Leafs: They are the bad guys in every sports movie ever made. [PPP]
- With word that Seth Jones informed the Columbus Blue Jackets that he would not re-sign there, he has become a popular trade target. But Matt Dumba is the better buy. [NBCSN]