NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Final


Game 5: Islanders 2, Lightning 1 [OT] (TBL cable series 3-2)

At the end of the first period, Ryan Pulock scored a power play goal to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead. It would end up being a long time before the Islanders score their next goal in Game 5, but that wouldn’t end up being much comfort for the Lightning.

Halfway through the frame, Victor Hedman collected his eighth goal in an increasingly impressive series. It looked like Tampa Bay had progressed 2-1, but that goal would be canceled. Turns out that call (obvious as it is) ended up getting pretty big, as both teams were now stuck in a stalemate.

Things were very tight in the third period, until a big opportunity presented itself to the opponents. Not only was Mikhail Sergachev high stick; the Lightning defenseman found himself bloodied. With about 90 seconds remaining in a 1-1 draw, the Lightning continued on what could have been a serial power play.

(After all, the Stars clinched their ticket to the 2020 Stanley Cup Finals with a power play goal in overtime.)

Despite the double-minor opportunity, the Lightning couldn’t score a second time against Semyon Varlamov. Game 5 ended up being extended in double OT and then the series moved on to Game 6. This happened after the Islanders took advantage of Kevin Shattenkirk’s scent, Anders Lee sending Jordan Eberle a great stopwatch for the overtime game. winner and series extension.

With Nikita Kucherov taking a few hits, the Lightning continues to suffer injuries, while the Islanders remain alive – lousy victory or not. The other big winners are the Stars, as they rest while these two players face off for at least Game 6 (and maybe more).

N ° 2 Tampa Bay Lightning against. 6 Islanders of New York (VG leads 3-2)

Lightning 8, Islanders 2. (to summarize)
Lightning 2, Islanders 1 (to summarize)
Islanders 5, Lightning 3 (to summarize)
Lightning 4, Islanders 1 (to summarize)
Islanders 2, flash 1 [OT].
Game 6: Thursday, September 17, 8 p.m. ET – NBCSN (direct)
* Game 7:
Saturday, September 19, 7:30 p.m. ET – NBC

*if necessary


Three stars

1. Semyon Varlamov, Islanders de New York

Yes, the Islanders remain a team that folds but doesn’t break. The pace was slow in Game 5, more or less like Barry Trotz likes it.

But Varlamov’s strong play explains why the Islanders haven’t broken. Varlamov stopped 36 of 37 shots on goal in Game 5, nullifying the Lightning’s advantages in areas like high danger odds (evenly 12-6).

If the margin of error remains this slim, islanders might need more nights like these from Varlamov. It worked in game 5.

2. Jordan Eberle, Islanders

Was Eberle’s overall performance that good? Meh, not especially. But sometimes it’s enough to reward a player for ending a double-OT game that sometimes seemed like never to end.

Through the ups and downs, Eberle remains a key player for the Islanders:

3. Ryan Pulock, Islanders

It’s tempting to put Victor Hedman here as he scored a big goal and created plenty of other chances for the Lightning. With Brayden Point injured and other slugs, Hedman remains a go-to guy for the Lightning.

But Pulock had a strong fifth game and his team won. Pulock’s power play goal was an absolute bombshell, and he ranked among the few Islanders to break even – sometimes more, sometimes less, but generally even – from a possession perspective.

Highlights of the Islanders’ Game 5 win over Lightning

The Islanders wouldn’t go down without a fight and weren’t knocked out by the Lightning in Game 5:


Match 6 des Islanders de New York – Tampa Bay Lightning: Thursday, September 17, 8 p.m. ET – NBCSN (direct)


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