UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- With their season on the line Saturday and their blue line depleted because of injuries, the New York Islanders played two defensemen who did not have a game of Stanley Cup Playoff experience between them.
Matt Donovan, a healthy scratch for most of the regular season, and Scott Mayfield, who spent the season with Bridgeport of the American Hockey League, replaced injured defensemen Lubomir Visnovsky and Calvin de Haan and helped the Islanders avoid elimination with a 3-1 win against the Washington Capitals in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Nassau Coliseum.
"The main objective was to not get scored on, and me and Scotty did that," Donovan said. "I think we played well together."
Mayfield said, "It was really special to play in that game and just hear the crowd and everything, it was a lot of fun."