Islanders Reach the Eastern Conference Finals for the First Time Since 1993

Islanders Reach the Eastern Conference Finals for the First Time Since 1993
Scott Mayfield #24 of the New York Islanders. Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

The New York Islanders beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0 in Game 7 of their playoff series. This will be their first Eastern Conference Finals berth since 1993. The Islanders will face the Lightning to decide who represents the East in the the Stanley Cup Finals.

Game 7 Recap

Defenseman Scott Mayfield was the hero of the night, along with the entire New York defense, which was responsible for two of the goals (Mayfield and Andy Greene scored) while limiting Philadelphia to just 16 shots on goal.

The Flyers fought from a 3-1 deficit in the series to force Game 7 but two first period goals from the Islanders helped stopped their momentum. Another player who stepped up was New York backup goaltender Thomas Greiss, who became the second goalie in Islanders history to record a shutout in a Game 7. (Glenn Resch also did it in 1975 against the Penguins).

“Guys work their whole life to get this opportunity,” forward Brock Nelson said after the game. “The fan base is passionate and always talks about the wins in the 80s and the guys that won Cups there. And you can see how much it means to them and the community. Those guys are heroes and everybody in the room is striving to be part of history like that.”

Islanders fans deserve this after having to wait for 27 years. New York, Tampa Bay, Vegas and Dallas are the four teams remaining and the Islanders have as good a shot as any to beat the NHL odds and win the Stanley Cup.

Islanders vs. Lightning

The Islanders had to play on back-to-back nights in two of their three playoff series this year. Games 2 and 3 against the Panthers were back-to-back, as well as Games 3 and 4 against the Flyers. The only series where they got a day between each game was against the Capitals, which they dominated.

This doesn’t mean that the Islanders will enjoy a walk in the park against the Lightning. Far from it. BetOnline even favors the Lightning to win the series at -190 while the Islanders are +165 underdogs. 5Dimes has the Islanders at +500 to win the Stanley Cup.

New York did score 3.67 goals per game against Tampa Bay this season while holding them to 2.00 goals per contest. The Islanders also won the season series 2-1. This promises to be a great series and I wouldn’t be surprised if it goes to seven games. Game 1 is on Monday at Rogers Place in Edmonton. Check our NHL picks page because Adam Boothe will have a preview of this series.