Game Four: Islanders 4, Bruins 2
The Islanders returned to the Boston Garden after failing to sweep,
but pulled out a solid performance after a shaky start and defeated
the Bruins 4-2 in Game Five to take the series, four games to one.
The Bruins scored twice in the first 3:28 of the game, but the Isles
settled down and fought their way back into the game methodically.
Stefan Persson scored midway through the second period, and the Isles
put away with Bruins with third period goals by Duane Sutter (his
first playoff goal), Clark Gillies, and Denis Potvin.
Bobby Nystrom missed the game with an eye injury that he suffered in
his Game Four fight with Brad McCrimmon.
"They're not afraid any more," said coach Al Arbour of his victorious
team. "They think they can beat anybody."
The Islanders advance to the Cup Semifinals and will meet the Buffalo
Sabres, who finished second in the league with 110 points. They won't
be playing the Philadelphia Flyers due to the monumental upset pulled
off in Montreal last night, where the Four-Time defending Cup
Champion Canadiens were defeated by the upstart Minnesota North Stars
in Game Seven.
The Islanders next series will start Tuesday night, giving them a few
days of rest. The Isles have now gone to the Semifinals five times in
the last six years, but have never advanced to the Finals.
NY Islanders 0 1 3 -- 4
Boston 2 0 0 -- 2
BO Cashman (Bourque, McTavish)
BO McNab (Cashman, Middleton)
NY Persson (Trottier, Bossy)
NY Sutter (Goring, Lorimer)
NY Gillies (Goring, Sutter)
NY D. Potvin (Bossy)
NY Islanders 4 15 5 -- 24
Boston 8 8 8 -- 24