ECQF Game 6: Islanders Lose Series In Hard Fought Game 4-3



The Islanders beat the Penguins in almost every stat last night but just could not beat them on the scoreboard. The Isle should every one why they made the playoffs. They game the Pens everything they could and looked impressive at times. The Isles probably played their best game last night, out shooting, out hitting out everything the Pens and looked poised to bring this series to game 7 but just didn’t have the luck to help them along the way.

May 11, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center

Sidney Crosby

(87) plays the puck in front of New York Islanders center

John Tavares

(91) during the overtime period of game six of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Penguins won the game 4-3 and won the series 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


As soon as the puck dropped the Isles came out fast and strong. John Tavares opened the scoring with a shot from the side of the net to bring the Isles up one. But a couple minutes later Evgeni Nabakov was a little weak on a shot from Jerome Iginla. Iggy made this a tie game at the 7 minute mark. The Isles weren’t done yet shooting puck after puck towards Thomas Vokoun and it paid dividends near the end of the first as Colin McDonald got the lead back for the Long Island club.

Mid way through the second period Pascal Dupuis tied this game at 2. The Isles just could not convert on anything this period as they were probably hoping they would be facing Marc-Andre Fleury but unfortunately for them Dan Bylsma made the Change a couple games back for Thomas Vokoun and it seems like that may be the turning point in this series as Vokoun made all the stops in the second period to keep the game tied at 2.

The last period of regulation was the closest period in this game and was the Penguins best period. Michael Grabner got the lead back 2 minutes into the 3rd period. The Islanders kept getting the lead back every time the Pens tied it, as they should they were the best team on the ice last night. But just like the game was going the Pens tied it once more with a Paul Martin goal, that sent this game into overtime.

In overtime we seen chances from both teams as one team was trying to stay alive in this series as the other was trying to end it. So both teams were desperate and as no one expected it, Brooks Orpik was the one who ended this game with a shot from the point that found its way into the net. It was his first goal since 2011 and it was against the Islanders.