Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves for the New York Islanders in a 4-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Monday.
It was Varlamov’s second consecutive shutout, after he made 21 saves in a 4-0 win against the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of the first round. He has a shutout streak of 136:20, second longest during the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Islanders history after Billy Smith had a streak of 136:59 in 1980.
Varlamov is the first Islanders goalie with consecutive shutouts in the playoffs.
Andy Greene, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Anders Lee and Devon Toews scored for New York, the No. 6 seed.
Carter Hart made 25 saves for Philadelphia, the No. 1 seed.
Teams that win Game 1 are 485-220 (68.7 percent) winning a best-of-7 NHL playoff series, including a 7-1 record in the first round this season.
Greene made it 1-0 with a slap shot from the blue line at 6:06. It was the defensemen’s first playoff goal since April 16, 2010, against the Flyers as a member of the New Jersey Devils.
Pageau scored to make it 2-0 at 2:54 of the third period. Leo Komarov won a battle along end boards and centered the puck to Pageau for a one-timer from in front.
Lee made it 3-0 at 8:50 when he finished a rush play set up by Mathew Barzal.
Toews scored an empty-net goal at 12:21 to make it 4-0.