Isles shut out Capitals, advance to 2nd round of Stanley Cup playoffs
For the second straight season, the New York Islanders are on to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs after taking care of the Washington Capitals 4-0, winning the series 4-1.
They couldn't knock the Capitols out with a sweep, but they delivered a shutout instead.
A power play goal in the first period started things off for Anthony Beauvillier and the Islanders, who came into the game with a power play percentage below 15%.
Beauvillier did it once again, but on even strength, midway through the second period to give New York the 2-0 lead. Josh Bailey notched the assist.
Empty-net goals from Nick Leddy and Josh Bailey brought the game to its final score, 4-0.
The Islanders now await the completion of the Flyers-Canadiens series to see who their opponent will be. If Philadelphia wins, they will face the Isles. If Montreal wins, New York will go up against the Bruins.
"It takes everyone," said defenseman Adam Pelech. "It takes the forwards, it takes the defenseman. It takes great goal-tending to limit a team like that's offense. I think we showed a ton of commitment and we got some big saves at times from Varley, which we needed."
"When we are playing the right way, you can feel it on the bench, like I touched on earlier. A team like that, you want to get past them, and not let this drag out. I think we did what was necessary tonight," right wing Josh Bailey said.
The Flyers lead that series 3-2, with game 6 coming up Friday at 7 p.m.