Patrick Roy confirms major change for Islanders for Game 3

The Islanders have to do whatever is possible to avoid a 3rd straight loss.

Michael W.

The New York Islanders now face a daunting two-game deficit against the Carolina Hurricanes after suffering defeats in both Games 1 and 2. A particularly bitter pill to swallow for the Islanders was their collapse in Game 2, where they squandered a three-goal lead.

The Hurricanes mounted a remarkable comeback, scoring to tie the game and take the lead in less than 10 seconds late in the 3rd period. And with the series shifting back to UBS Arena for Games 3 and 4, Islanders head coach Patrick Roy has announced a critical lineup switch for his team.

After starting backup Semyon Varlamov in the first two games, he confirmed that it will be Ilya Sorokin back between the pipes tomorrow night. 

"We knew we would have to use both goalies," Roy said today after practice. "They're both sharp, and Varly had a lot of shots the last game, so it'll be good to have someone fresh in for tomorrow."

One of the greatest and most accomplished goaltenders in NHL history in his own right, Roy believes that the relationship between the two Russian countrymen is a good one and that Sorokin will be entering his first postseason action this year in an ideal position. 

"That didn't happen to me very often," Roy explained. "But, I think the fact that Varly and Ilya have such a good relationship and they help each other --  I think Ilya understood what was going on with Varly because he was playing so well. It was just normal and now, I just feel that he's coming into the perfect scenario, down 2-0 in the series. 

"Now he's going in, and all he could do is go and enjoy the ride."

Puck drop is set for tomorrow evening beginning at 7:30 PM EST. Can the Islanders claw their way back into the series before it's too late? 

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