WASHINGTON – The islands have assumed the safest way to ensure the dominance of domed ice in their upcoming first play-offs against the Penguins series, which symbolized their historic defensive turnaround this season. Regular season finals against the capitals on Saturday evening at Capital One Arena, the Islanders got two in a 3-0 victory.
"It will be really fun," said goalkeeper Robin Lener, who made 29 saves to extend his career high since his sixth cut-off. "We really wanted home ice. We saw Colosseum and admirers special. This will be a good series. They are a good team. This will be a good challenge. If we stick to our game, I like our chances. "
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The NHL playoffs will be open on Wednesday, and the full schedule will be released on Sunday.
The islands will play in Games 1 and 2 – and 5 and 7, if necessary – on the respectable shed that has recently played the playoffs in 2015.
"This is huge," said defender Ryan Pulok. "The Coliseum is rocking and, having come to the playoffs, it will be another level.
The center of the third line of Valtteri Filppula, who returned to the line after having missed eight games with a hypertext edited left claw, scored twice on the island (48-27-7). 19659009] Subscribe to the Newsday Newsletter
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in the second place – 103 points, franchising – since 1984. The last time they went to the Stanley Cup final.
Pheonix Copley made 18 savings for capitals (48-26-8), who took first place on Thursday. At night, the rest of the key queues of John Carlson, Nicklas Backstead and TJ
"We talked about this before the game. We will not cheat our teammates; Let's not cheat on this process, "said Icelandic coach Barry Trots, who last season brought the capital to the Stanley Cup. "We wanted to go for distance. We wanted to play the right way all year round and not worry about the results. The results will come ".
Though they lost in the overtime Rangers, 4-3, the penguins blocked the third place when they earned a point, forcing OT. Hurricanes sought to advance ahead of the penguins, but fell to one point, despite a 4-3 victory over the flyers.
The capitals will play hurricanes. This winner will face the winner of the Islanders-Penguins series in the division's finals.
The Islanders relied on the stifling defense that fueled their turn after they allowed 293 goals last season, most of all in the NHL since 2007.
] Lener, the probable starter of Game 1, and Thomas Grace will share Jennings Trophy, as the islanders allowed the league a low 196 goals. The Islanders is the first team from the Ottawa Senators in 1918-19 to go from the worst to the first in this category. "We did not start deceiving," said Bullet.
Filppula gave the islanders 1: 0 at 2:55 the second period at the break after Defender Devon Thoose had risen. Defender of Adam Pelech's channel to make it 2: 0 at 10:54 third period. Matt Martin added an empty nettery at 17:27.
"By this time it was a fun year," said Lener, now sober and healthy after combating drug addiction and mental health problems. – It has been a long season, but here is a very important group here, and it helped me. It will be very fun going to the playoffs.