Islanders Played to Their Identity, and So (Unfortunately) Did The Flyers

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Prior to his team taking the ice for Game 7 of their second-round playoff series, New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz told his charges to enjoy the experience and the challenge in front of them. He told them, “Let’s have an Islander game,” and “Let’s play Islander hockey for as long as it takes.” Well, the Islanders certainly did that. They played the kind of game that would have their GM Lou Lamoriello doing a happy dance.

And that is, they didn’t give the Philadelphia Flyers a sniff, limiting them to just 16 shots, including a second period in which they gave up just three. That has a lot to do with the way the Islanders play and a lot to do with the fact that the Flyers core is chock full of players who haven’t accomplished a whole lot of anything in big games and were no-shows for this one. That has to be a huge concern for the Flyers, who have to wonder whether they’ll ever win anything of consequence with the likes of Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and Sean Couturier as the heartbeat of their team.