The Flyers continued the momentum after winning both Games 5 and 6 with a strong first 10 minutes, but the Islanders would take advantage of the next half of the period by making their chances count on the scoreboard.
Unlike the Flyers, who couldn’t parlay juicy chances early on, the Islanders converted in the form of a Scott Mayfield goal to open the scoring near the 10-minute mark with a perfectly placed wrist shot past Carter Hart to give New York an all-important 1-0 lead.
Andy Greene would extend the Islanders’ lead a few minutes later, beating a down and out Hart with a wrist shot of his own to push the lead to 2-0 as the Flyers stared down an uphill battle after 20 minutes.
It was a tale of two periods in the first 20 minutes, and the Flyers were left wondering what could have been had they capitalized on their scoring chances early on.
Early post hit for the Flyers to start the second as they were eager to try and hammer at that two goal deficit as Claude Giroux tipped a point shot right off the post to the left of Thomas Greiss.
Mathew Barzal, already a pain in the Flyers’ butt the whole series, took an errant stick in the face again — which went well with the mark that his face took from a puck off his own teammates’ stick in the warmup.
On the ensuing shift the Islanders would force Hart to make three massive saves — and get another from the post — as New York pushed play to try and find a decisive third goal.
With 8:34 left in the second the Islanders would get that decisive third goal thanks to a perfectly executed 2-on-1 with Brock Nelson finishing for the 3-0 lead.
And just like that the seemingly insurmountable two goal lead was extended and the Flyers’ season down to less than 30 minutes to complete a comeback of epic proportions.
Whom has: ever enjoyed a sport in Philadelphia?
Scott Laughton fought Jean-Gabriel Pageau in the third, so there was that.
Anthony Beauvillier would find the empty net with a little over six minutes left to send the Flyers to yet another season without a Stanley Cup as 1975 gets farther and farther away.
Islanders take Game 7 by a final of 4-0 to eliminate the Flyers officially, and mercifully end their 2019-20 season.