Mathew Barzal willed the game into overtime, where the Islanders finally started to get some consistent offensive zone pressure—which makes it all the more unfortunate that Brad Marchand’s low-percentage shot found the back of the net. As Dom said in the recap, Jean-Gabriel Pageau backed off Marchand a little bit knowing that Marchand had little-to-no angle to shoot. Pageau did his job on that play. Semyon Varlamov, who was spectacular otherwise, did not.
Oh, well. The Islanders already have shaken off that loss, and so should we. The Islanders trailed 2-1 in their first-round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins. A win in Game 4 on home ice would give this team quite the boost heading back to Boston for Game 5. They would go with the knowledge that, no matter what happens, they would be going back to the Coliseum for Game 6.
Islanders Playoffs News
Recaps from a bit of a stinger:
- It was a “riveting game” with “a dud of an ending.” [LHH]
- The comeback fell just short. [Islanders 5 Takeaways]
- And it just had to be Marchand that got it. [Newsday]
- After all that, the Bruins lead the series 2-1. [NHL]
- We knew this going into the series, but Tuukka Rask is no Tristan Jarry. [Best @ Newsday]
- The Bruins took a page out of Lou Lamoriello’s book last night. I mean, okay. They always play that way, but I get it. Canadian writers need to find a way to make it interesting to themselves. [Sportsnet]
- PHOTOS: From Game 3. I wonder if they truly capture the essence of how the Coliseum felt when Mathew Barzal tied the game. [Newsday]
- Whenever I am feeling nervous about a series—and I did this after Game 3 against the Penguins, too—I watch Barry Trotz’s post-game press conference. I mean, I watch most of his post-gamers. But I find them especially comforting after a loss in a big game. He has this calming influence; it is easy to tell how his players remain so even-keeled, even in the face of adversity.
Trotz Postgame Availability pic.twitter.com/rrf8PNtkjN— x - New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) June 4, 2021
- Kyle Palmieri has fit in well with the Islanders, and the possibility of him sticking around beyond this season, even on a short-term deal coinciding with the Isles’ Stanley Cup window, has grown. He enjoys playing for a local team. [NY Post]
- Neil Best posed a question on Twitter, asking who was our favorite Isles center. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, the newest of the bunch, won. Fans and teammates alike learned to appreciate him quickly. [Newsday]
- The Islanders players have been excited with the increased capacity at the Coliseum. [Islanders]
Beyond Long Island and New England
- Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele has been suspended for four games for charging Montreal Canadiens forward Jake Evans. [NHL]
- Even the Jets SBN blog knows that Scheifele should not have laid that hit. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
- Colorado Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer will be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, and he could be rolling in the dough. Also, more on the Scheifele hit. [The Athletic]
- Cole Sillinger, son of former Islander Mike Sillinger, remembers only the Long Island part of his dad’s numerous NHL stops. He could go even higher than his dad went; Mike went 11th overall in 1989. [The Athletic]