Head coach Barry Trotz mentioned he’d be excited about the Islanders’ loss to the Lightning within the 2019-20 convention finals on his deathbed. Well, now he and his group will get an opportunity to rectify that.
With a series-clinching 6-2 win over the Bruins on Wednesday night time, the Islanders superior to the Stanley Cup semifinals and earned another crack at the Lightning. The rematch is predicted to start this weekend in Tampa, Fla.
During the bubble playoffs final season, the Lightning despatched the Islanders packing after taking the sequence 4-2 earlier than occurring to win the Stanley Cup. The Islanders had been gassed after the Flyers pressured Game 7 within the second-round sequence, which led to the Lightning taking two simple wins to start out the convention finals in Edmonton.
The Islanders received 5-Three in Game Three and pulled out a 2-1 win in double time beyond regulation in Game 5 to remain alive, however the Lightning in the end superior. In six video games, the Lightning outscored the Islanders 20-12.
“We’ve talked zero about Tampa Bay, zero,” Trotz mentioned with a giggle after the win. “We began out this journey to beat Pittsburgh, and we had been ready to do this. Then we targeted in on Boston. We get a shot to go towards the champs once more. They’re nice. I simply watched them shut out Carolina. That’s a great hockey group proper now, and a really harmful energy play, they’re getting about 50 p.c I believe, it looks as if so.
“They’ve acquired famous person energy, simply as Boston does. They’ve acquired a couple of strains that may damage you and a decent goaltender, their protection is extraordinarily deep and their forwards are extraordinarily deep. So this shall be an enormous problem for us, however we’ll attempt to dissect it and see what we will do.”
After a high-scoring bout with the Panthers within the first circular this postseason, the Lightning cruised by means of the Hurricanes, taking the sequence 4-1. But this time round, the Islanders shall be rather more rested heading into the sequence opener.
The Lightning completed third within the Central Division this season, behind each the Hurricanes and Panthers. But the group took benefit of the Long-Term Injury cap laws and now have a 20-man lineup that’s practically $eight million over the cap.
That’s with the addition of Nikita Kucherov, who missed the whole common season as a consequence of hip surgical procedure. He now has 5 objectives and 13 assists in 11 postseason video games.
“You must beat one of the best if you wish to win all of it,” mentioned Brock Nelson, who scored two of the Islanders’ three second-period objectives within the win. “I don’t suppose anybody’s been sitting right here excited about revenge on Tampa. Just taking every sequence one at a time. Now we will flip the web page and switch our give attention to them.”
The Islanders have now received 5 playoff sequence, not together with the play-in circular towards the Panthers final season, underneath Trotz and common supervisor Lou Lamoriello.
The group had mixed for 5 playoff sequence wins over the earlier 34 years.