The Boston Bruins were sent home Wednesday night, and the New York Islanders are the third team to reach the Stanley Cup semifinals.
Tonight, the Colorado Avalanche, the best team in the regular season, will try to avoid a fate similar to that of the Bruins. But the Avs’ task is not easy: they must win in Vegas, where the Golden Knights beat them in games 3 and 4 of this series.
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Game 6: Colorado Avalanche at the Vegas Golden Knights | 9 p.m. (Knights lead 3-2)
Colorado is one of the fastest and most skilled teams in the league. But the Avs will face their second straight second-round elimination if they can’t beat Vegas tonight. While the Avs are generally hailed as one of the best-built teams in the league, a loss in this series could trigger questions as to whether the Avs are built for the playoffs and if the team needs more. of “grain” or “jam”.
Meanwhile, the Golden Knights are looking to once again capitalize on the home crowd and clinch a spot in the NHL’s final four for the third time in four years. As Vegas has come back strong to win three straight games in this series, the team leans into a familiar frame of mind.
âIt’s been a long time since we were the underdog, but we’re back in this series,â said Jonathan Marchessault. âWe play the best line in the NHL, the best team in the NHL, and we play like there’s no tomorrow. We’re surprising the hockey world right now with a 3-2 lead.
About last night
New York Islanders 6, Boston Bruins 2 (Islands win 4-2)
Nassau Coliseum is an iconic hockey building. It’s in its last year of existence before the team moved to the new UBS Arena in Belmont Park, and the Islanders send off the old barn with a bang. Freshly criticized by Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy for thinking they were the “New York Saints,” the Islanders made the Bruins pay off with a three-goal explosion in the second period. New York hosted a practice session on how to play with a lead, limiting Boston to just five shots in the third period.
The Isles get a rematch against the Lightning in the semifinals, where, again, they will likely be underdogs. The Bruins now face an offseason of tough questions. Veterans Tuukka Rask and David Krejci are both free agents without compensation. Rask was not 100% healthy for Game 6 as the Bruins also suffered blue line injuries.
âThe opportunities when you can win and have a really good team, they don’t come that often,â said Brad Marchand. “That’s what makes it difficult. We felt like we had a really good group this year.” Full recap
Three stars of the night
Brock Nelson, C, New York Islanders
He built a reputation as a high caliber player. Nelson scored two more goals Wednesday to punctuate New York. In the past two years, only Brayden Point and Nathan MacKinnon have scored more playoff goals than Nelson’s 15.
sheeeeeeessssssssssh Brock Nelson pic.twitter.com/MoucmyEIuS
– Tony X (@soIoucity) June 10, 2021
Brad Marchand, AG, Boston Bruins
Several Bruins players have seen their production run dry against the Islanders. Pas Marchand, who finished the season in a six-game streak with at least one point including Boston’s only two goals on Wednesday night.
Brad Marchand scores again on the power play.
– Conor Ryan (@ ConorRyan_93) June 10, 2021
Travis Zajac, RW, New York Islanders
The veteran beat Charlie McAvoy on a rebound in goal to score the game’s first goal.
He and Kyle Palmieri reward Lou Lamoriello’s confidence in them, as the former New Jersey GM acquired both Devils on the trade deadline.
âI can’t say enough good things about these guys, not only as players but also as people,â said Josh Bailey. âI think two additions really helped us in the room, on the ice. Great people. They really added another element to our team and a big reason we are talking here right now.
Statistics of the day
Let’s talk about consistency: Lamoriello has reached the conference semifinals / finals in five different decades as general manager, first with the Devils (1987-2015) and now with the Islanders (2018-present).
The NHL has announced the three finalists for the Norris Trophy, awarded to the best defenseman in the league: Adam Fox (New York Rangers), Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Cale Makar (Colorado Avalanche). The award is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
Fox and Makar are both on their entry-level contracts and only two years of playing college hockey, where they were also both Hobey Baker finalists. If Fox wins, he will only be the second player to win the Norris in his second NHL season. The other? A Hall of Famer named Bobby Orr.
Social media posts of the day
Bruce Cassidy isn’t going to hear the end of his New York Saints comments for a while, is he?
When the islanders of SÌ¶aÌ¶iÌ¶nÌ¶tÌ¶sÌ¶ come on âï¸
– Saints of New Orleans (@Saints) June 10, 2021
Islanders fans also did a lot of their own trolling, both before and during the game.
– Islands Territory (@IslesTerritory) June 9, 2021
The crowd amused themselves at the expense of Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy by chanting “New York Saints” after saying the Islanders were selling a tale that they were clean.