NHL Eastern Conference Final Game Night: 9-15-20 Islanders v Lightning

Lightning fan on chance to eliminate the Islanders.

TB-1 (2OT)

Tampa Bay Leads the Series 3-2

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the loss. Made one immense stop on a short Barzal breakaway in the first OT. Deserved more goal support than he got tonight.

First Period
15:41 NYI Pulock (2), (Leddy, Barzal)(PP)

Second Period
4:00 TB Hedman (8), (Coleman, Schenn)

Third Period


Second Overtime
12:30 NYI Eberle (5), (Lee)

Victor Hedman was the game's third star.

For the second time in this series, a brain cramp by a veteran defenseman prolongs the series. Tonight it was Shattenkirk fanning on a point shot resulting in the Islanders' winning 2-on-1 in Double Overtime. That's really frustrating in a game where the Lightning dominated possession and had the lion's share of the scoring chances to lose it on a play like that. The Lightning held the Islanders to 16 shots in regulation. Expected goals were dominated by the Lightning, especially in the two Overtimes. It's a sick feeling knowing Dallas is just sitting back as the beneficiaries of the extra effort these two teams are expending. Hopefully the Lightning get Brayden Point back healthy for Game Six to close this one out because fatigue would be one of those things that could tilt a potential SCF series that the Lightning should be favored in over to the Stars.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.