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Thomas Greiss gets first start of playoffs for Islanders in Game 4 victory

Philadelphia Flyers left wing James van Riemsdyk (25)

Philadelphia Flyers left wing James van Riemsdyk (25) is stopped on a scoring chance by Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) during the second period of an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference playoff hockey game, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020 in Toronto.  Credit: AP/Frank Gunn

Games on back-to-back nights and three games in four nights led both Islanders coach Barry Trotz and Flyers counterpart Alain Vigneault to start their nominal backup goalies for the Islanders’ 3-2 win in Game 4 of their second-round series on Sunday night at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

The Islanders’ Thomas Greiss (36 saves) and the Flyers’ Brian Elliott (30 saves) made both coaches look smart.

“With goaltending, you look at volume of shots,” Trotz said. “You just get a feel for a player. Every player will have good energy a certain amount of time and then they just need a little reset. I just thought the back-to-back was going to be too much and I have faith in both goalies.”

“Back-to-back certainly had something to it,” Vigneault said. “Both our goaltenders all year long have played extremely well for us. With the quick turnaround and with the three-in-four, possible four-in-six now, if we are going to win this series, I just felt a fresh Brian would give us the chance to win. ” 


Laundry day

Trotz wore a Baltimore Ravens T-shirt to his pregame news conference rather than his typical Islanders attire.

A message to his team or some other deeper significance?


Turns out it was laundry day.

“I’m down to one of my last clean ones in the bubble,” said Trotz, adding that he is friendly with members of the Ravens’ and Tennessee Titans’ organizations.

“They always send me free stuff and I’m always into free stuff,’’ Trotz said, “and this is my last clean shirt to work out in.”

Isles files

Josh Bailey had two assists, giving him 11 in the postseason. It’s the most for an Islander in the postseason since Derek King had 11 in 1993 . . . Mathew Barzal had a strong game, taking four shots in 17:40 and winning 7 of 8 faceoffs . . . Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson each had five shots, as did the Flyers’ Claude Giroux and Joel Farabee . . . Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom, who was diagnosed with a form of bone cancer on Dec. 13 and has not played since Dec. 7, participated in the pregame warmups but was not on the active roster. The Swedish left wing is a finalist for the Masterton Trophy for perseverance and dedication.   He completed his chemotherapy treatments in July.

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