New York Islanders: Dramatics versus Boston fuel semifinal run
The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs provides a different kind of theater to each and every single game. The New York Islanders and the Boston Bruins series was nothing but entertainment.
In Game 5, the Isles took down the Bruins, 5-4. In Game 6, New York topped Boston, 6-2, in order to advance to the next round.
New York will face the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Semifinal.
The New York-Boston series started because of not what happened on the ice between these teams in the NHL, but what happened off the ice. Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy was constantly complaining about the refs. He called the New York Islanders, “The New York Saints.”
Cassidy said this because he thinks that they are benefiters of the calls in the NHL. But, the New York Islanders have also not been getting all of the calls either.
New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz claimed that he didn’t understand what he was referring to but he said, “You have to ask him by what he meant by that.” This is going to be very spicy for the NHL and its officials for Game 6.
Bruce Cassidy is trying to get the refs attention, just like Barry Trotz did before Game 5. It will be very interesting to see how this plays out.
The New York Islanders may do an all time NHL troll tomorrow night to the Boston Bruins by potentially playing the song, “Saints Go Marching In.” I am sure that the fanbase of the New York Islanders in the NHL will be wearing New York Saints shirts on in future games.
It is potentially going to be epic. The players love that fanbase.
Barzal and Co.
Mathew Barzal is the heartbeat of the New York Islanders. He has been playing a lot better for them lately.
Other players like Anthony Beauviller, Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey, J.G. Pageau, and others. have stepped up for New York recently. Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, Taylor Hall, and others will need to play effective for the Boston Bruins.
Tuukka Rask should be starting in net for the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night in the NHL, but there is a slim chance that head coach Bruce Cassidy turns to rookie netminder Jeremy Swayman. Rask has been dealing with injury maintenance.
Semyon Varlamov has played well for the New York Islanders in this series. Ilya Sorokin is more than a reliable back up for New York and Barry Trotz’s squad.
The Boston Bruins and the New York Islanders was the only Stanley Cup Playoff game on TV on Wednesday night. It is going to crazy to see how the two teams approach future games against one another. Boston is looking to get revenge next season and New York is gearing up for the Bolts.
Do you think the New York Islanders are going to be must theater in the semifinal series versus Tampa Bay? Leave a comment below.
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