The Boston Bruins have been despatched dwelling on Wednesday night time, and the New York Islanders are the third group to achieve the Stanley Cup semifinals.
Thursday night time, the Colorado Avalanche — the highest group within the common season — will attempt to keep away from the same destiny because the Bruins. However the Avs’ job is not straightforward: they must win in Vegas, the place the Golden Knights pummeled them in Video games 3 and 4 of this sequence.
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Recreation 6: Colorado Avalanche at Vegas Golden Knights | 9 p.m. (Knights lead 3-2)
Colorado is without doubt one of the quickest and most expert groups within the league. However the Avs will undergo their second straight second-round elimination if they can not beat Vegas tonight. Although the Avs are sometimes lauded as one of many best-built groups within the league, a loss on this sequence may set off questions on whether or not the Avs are constructed for the playoffs, and if the group wants extra “grit” or “jam.”
In the meantime, the Golden Knights wish to capitalize off the house crowd but once more and clinch a spot within the remaining 4 for the third time in 4 years. As Vegas stormed again to win three straight video games on this sequence, the group is leaning into a well-recognized mindset.
“It has been some time since we have been the underdog, however we’re again at it on this sequence,” Jonathan Marchessault stated. “We’re taking part in the most effective line within the NHL, the most effective group within the NHL, and we’re taking part in like there isn’t any tomorrow. We’re shocking the world of hockey proper now by being up 3-2.”
About final night time
New York Islanders 6, Boston Bruins 2 (Isles win 4-2)
Nassau Coliseum is an iconic hockey constructing. It is in its final 12 months of existence earlier than the group strikes to the brand new UBS Area at Belmont Park, and the Islanders are sending the previous barn out with a bang. Recent off being criticized by Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy for considering they’re the “New York Saints,” the Islanders made the Bruins pay with a three-goal outburst within the second interval. New York placed on a clinic of play with a lead, limiting Boston to only 5 pictures within the third interval.
The Isles get a rematch with the Lightning within the semifinal spherical, the place as soon as once more, they’re going to possible be underdogs. The Bruins now face an offseason of powerful questions. Veterans Tuukka Rask and David Krejci are each unrestricted free brokers. Rask was not 100% wholesome for Recreation 6, because the Bruins additionally handled accidents on the blue line.
“Alternatives when you may win and have a very good group, they do not come round that always,” Brad Marchand stated. “That is what makes it powerful. We felt like we had a very good group this 12 months.” Full recap
Three stars of the night time
Brock Nelson, C, New York Islanders
He is growing a status as a big-game participant. Nelson scored two extra objectives Wednesday to tempo New York. During the last two years, solely Brayden Level and Nathan MacKinnon have extra playoff objectives than Nelson’s 15.
sheeeeeeesssssssssssh Brock nelson pic.twitter.com/MoucmyEIuS
— Tony X (@soIoucity) June 10, 2021
Brad Marchand, LW, Boston Bruins
Many gamers on the Bruins noticed their manufacturing dry up in opposition to the Islanders. Not Marchand, who ended the season on a six-game level streak that included Boston’s solely two objectives on Wednesday night time.
Brad Marchand scores once more on the facility play.
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) June 10, 2021
Travis Zajac, RW, New York Islanders
The veteran beat Charlie McAvoy on a rebound in entrance of the web to attain the opening objective of the sport.
He and Kyle Palmieri are rewarding Lou Lamoriello’s religion in them, as the previous New Jersey GM acquired each Devils on the commerce deadline.
“I can not say sufficient good issues about these guys, not solely as gamers however individuals,” Josh Bailey stated. “I feel two additions which have actually went a great distance for us within the room, on the ice. Simply nice individuals. They’ve actually added one other ingredient to our group and an enormous motive why we’re right here speaking proper now.”
Stat of the day
Discuss consistency: Lamoriello has reached the semifinals/convention finals in 5 completely different many years as a GM, first with the Devils (1987-2015) and now with the Islanders (2018-present).
The NHL introduced the three finalists for the Norris Trophy, for the league’s finest defenseman: Adam Fox (New York Rangers), Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Cale Makar (Colorado Avalanche). The award is voted on by the Skilled Hockey Writers Affiliation.
Fox and Makar are each on their entry-level contracts, and simply two years faraway from taking part in school hockey, the place they have been additionally each Hobey Baker finalists. If Fox wins, he will likely be simply the second participant to win the Norris in his second NHL season. The opposite? A Corridor of Famer named Bobby Orr.
Social media posts of the day
Bruce Cassidy is not going to listen to the top of his New York Saints feedback for some time, is he?
When the S̶a̶i̶n̶t̶s̶ Islanders go marching in ⚜️
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) June 10, 2021
Islanders followers did loads of their very own trolling, too, each earlier than the sport and through it.
— Isles Territory (@IslesTerritory) June 9, 2021
The gang has some enjoyable at Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy’s expense by chanting “New York Saints” after he stated the Islanders are promoting a story that they are clear.