Green, who acquired in a trade from the Devils in February, made his series debut on Tuesday when Johnny Boychuk was deemed ineligible to play for the second time after late Saturday and high hits.
“Andy is a real true supporter,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said Tuesday on a zoom call after a 4-2 win over the Panthers. “When we acquired him, we acquired him to play big minutes and it was a very difficult decision not to start him in Game 1. I felt strongly, when it was all set and done, that Traditional Islanders get the first crack. Andy came in and is now an island, a great replacement for when Johnny went down. ”
Playing on the right of Nick Laddie on Tuesday, Green looked like a defenseman with 50 playoff games under his belt. He earned a secondary assist after pinching the right side of the ice to send back Tom Kuhnhalk, who gave it to Matt Martin for the Islanders for the first time at 6:12 on the night.
He said, “I was there, I felt we had good coverage and I had a good grip on it. Obviously they did the rest.” “It’s always good when you can come in and contribute if it’s not necessarily in the numerals, but for me, it’s on the PK and there’s a quiet presence there.”
Trott opted to roll with four left-handed defensemen (Green, Lady, Adam Pelch and Devon Toes) and two righties (Ryan Pullock, Scott Mayfield). It was Green who was challenged with skating on the right, with some saying he had not done in a while.
“I played it, but a few years is enough,” said Greene, 37. “With your offside playing, it’s important to make sure you’re in a good position, you know what you’re doing with the puck and you’re always checking the shoulder constantly because obviously you have to get that blind side. Got your right
“In all these situations before my career, I was a healthy scratch in the playoffs, so I know what to do when it happens.”
Trotz had emphasized how important the Islanders’ special team was going to be against the Panthers, and that proved to be early in Game 2.
The Islanders achieved 2-for-7 with the Man-Benefit on Tuesday afternoon, pushing the team’s total power-play goals to three following a game-power-play goal from Anthony Bevillier in Saturday’s win.
“What you are finding is a game of our power, getting a little confident, they are believing that they shouldn’t be as imagined,” said Trott.
The Panthers were called for eight total penalties, including 10 minutes of sports misconduct for Brian Boyle, along with Scott Mayfield, who only received a two-minute rough penalty for kerfuffle. But hitting on penalties makes the Panthers so exhausted, who only have four man-advantage opportunities.
“I think when it comes to the playoffs, special teams are so important,” Pullock said. “They got quite a deadly power play there and as a power play we got to try and score ourselves a goal when we could or just get some momentum.” There are obviously some big goals tonight and I think we managed to get some momentum and control some even when we didn’t score. ”
Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson was first fined $ 2,500 for high-sticking Brock Nelson in K 6:18, the league announced after the game. It was called Double Minor and Matheson was kept in the box for four minutes. Exactly nine minutes later, Matheson was again penalized for hitting Josh Bailey again.