Isles reach NHL conference final with game-seven win over Flyers


Toronto (Canada) (AFP)

Thomas Greiss made 16 saves and four New York players scored as the Islanders beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0 on Saturday to reach the NHL Eastern Conference final.

The Flyers had fought back from a 3-1 series deficit in the NHL's quarantine hub in Toronto, forcing game seven with back-to-back overtime wins.

But the Islanders controlled the decisive contest to reach the conference final for the first time since 1993.

They'll open against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Edmonton on Monday, with a chance to reach the Stanley Cup final for the first time since 1984.

Brock Nelson had a goal and two assists, and Scott Mayfield, Andy Greene and Anthony Beauvillier scored for the sixth-seeded Islanders.

Greiss replaced Semyon Varlamov, who had started 14 of the Islanders' first 15 post-season games, and produced the first playoff shutout of his career.

Mayfield gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead at 9:27 of the first period with a rising shot that made it under the crossbar.

Defenseman Greene made it 2-0 at 13:13 with a goal from the left circle. Derick Brassard set things up, holding the puck on the right until he spied Green in the opposite circle.

Nelson scored to make it 3-0 at 11:26 of the second period, finishing a two-on-one off a feed from Josh Bailey.

Bailey added another assist on Beauvillier's empty-net goal at 13:12 of the third period after Flyers coach Alain Vigneault pulled Carter Hart -- who made 22 saves -- for an extra skater.

New York held the Flyers to 16 shots, killing off both of Philadelphia's power-play opportunities to take their penalty kill to 13-for-13 in the series.

The last time the Islanders reached the conference final they fell in five games to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens.