With fans in full voice, the islanders upset penguins

With fans in full voice, the islanders upset penguins

The islanders arrived at the Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday with the opportunity to claim a victory in the playoff series at their original home for the first time since 1993.

An ominous home crowd – with arena capacity from 9,800 earlier in the series to 9,000 for Game 6 – was an added bonus and the islanders did not disappoint.

A seesaw game tipped the Islanders halfway through the second period when Brock Nelson and Ryan Pulock struck out 13 seconds apart, giving the Islanders a one-point lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Nelson succeeded again three minutes later to clinch a 5-3 victory. The fourth-seeded islanders upset the East Division-winning Penguins and ended the series in the first round with three consecutive wins. The islanders will continue their playoff game against the Boston Bruins in their final season at the Colosseum.

Beginner netballer Ilya Sorokin – who has won all four games he started in his first playoff series – scored 34 saves for the win. He has stopped 27 of the 28 shots in the last two periods, including a denial of Evgeni Malkin on a breakaway. The stop resulted from a screaming chant of ‘Ilya, Ilya’ by the Coliseum crowd and summed up the series: Penguins frustration and composed Islanders performance.

“The crowd was loud – they were loud,” Nelson said. “They gave us a boost. We wanted to win the one before them. ”

Josh Bailey’s Game 5 double overtime winner Monday in Pittsburgh inspired the fans as the chance to progress was at their trembling fingertips. The team has not scored a series on Long Island since winning six games over the Washington Capitals in April 1993, although it did win a series in 2016 when it played at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Each team scored twice in the first period. Penguins center Jeff Carter scored his fourth goal of the series just 1 minute and 27 seconds into the game before Anthony Beauvillier sent the crowd into a frenzy at 05:16 as he hit the kick past Penguins goalkeeper Tristan Jarry .

Jake Guentzel put the visitors ahead at 11:12 with a power goal, while Island defender Scott Mayfield was in the penalty area for Malkin.

But Kyle Palmieri, one of the Islanders’ late-season acquisitions at the Devils, tackled a rebound at Jarry at 12:25 and leveled the score again, claiming his third goal in the series.

Travis Zajac, who was also acquired by the Devils, made his series debut in place of Oliver Wahlstrom, who was injured in Game 5. Zajac and Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who had two points, helped with Pulock’s goal.

“The Pageau, Palmieri, Zajac line was great,” said Coach Barry Trotz. “These are the acquisitions we have made, these are the type of players who fit into the Islanders mentality.”

The Penguins started the third period on a showdown after a controversial call against Pulock late in the second. But the shooting of Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was just as close as Pittsburgh.

The Penguins’ stars have had a limited impact in the series. Malkin had five points, but he missed Games 1 and 2 with an injury. Crosby had just six points in six games.

The islanders took part in the game with history on their side.

They set an 11-1 record in Game 6s when they led a series of three games to two. And they were 7-2 in playoff games against Pittsburgh under coach Barry Trotz, including a 3-1 point at Nassau Coliseum.

Fans enjoy one last chance for playoff games on their intimate home court, which opened in 1972. The team will move to its newest home at Belmont Park next season, but it can wait while the franchise chases its first chase. title since a series of four consecutive championships from 1980 to 1983.

“It’s just one step,” Nelson said. “We want to make some history here in the Coli.”