No. 7 - Anthony Beauvillier: Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs Semi-Finals
Heading into Game 6 of the 2021 Stanley Cup Semi-Finals vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning, fans knew there was a good chance this was the final Islanders game at the Nassau Coliseum - for real this time. Whether or not the Isles would win a Game 7 in Tampa Bay, they did not want the Barn's final memory to be a series-ending loss and a handshake line at center-ice.
Things were looking bleak for the Isles trailing 2-0 late into the second period after being blown out 8-0 in Game 5 down in Tampa. But Jordan Eberle ended Islanders' drought without a goal at 116:23 with a backhand to trim the deficit to 2-1. Then at 11:16 of the third period, defenseman Scott Mayfied tied the game at 2-2 and it would remain that way at the end of regulation.
At 1:08 of the extra session, Anthony Beauviller capitalized on a Blake Coleman turnover and ripped a wrist shot past Andrei Vasilevskiy to send the Coliseum into a frenzy and the Isles to Game 7. "I honestly kind of blacked out a little bit," Beauvillier said. "They turned the puck over, I think, and then I saw it go in and kind of blacked out. I was just so happy, I was screaming, and everyone kind of jumped on me. Obviously, an amazing feeling and I couldn't be more happy." In celebration, the raucous crowd tossed beer bottles onto the ice as the party continued from the arena to the parking lot and onto Hempstead Turnpike and beyond.
"I love this group, the character of this group, and I would say this building and what it's meant to a number of players, but probably more than anything, our fans," said head coach Barry Trotz after the game. The game was the last at the Nassau Coliseum as the Islanders lost Game 7, while the Lightning went on to capture their second consecutive Stanley Cup. Both times, no team took them further than the Islanders.