Playing what was potentially their last game at the Nassau Coliseum, the Islanders avoided elimination in Game 6, winning 3-2 in an overtime thriller.
Brayden Point scored the game’s first goal late in the first period to give Tampa the lead and extended his goal streak to nine games. Anthony Cirelli, who assisted on Point’s goal, gave the Lightning a 2-0 lead midway through the second period. By that time, the Lightning had scored 12 unanswered goals in the series. Jordan Eberle revived the crowd and the Islanders’ return with a backhand goal less than two minutes later. Scott Mayfield tied the game halfway through the third and Anthony Beauvillier scored in overtime after a Blake Coleman turnaround to complete the Isles return and force Game 7 in Tampa on Friday night.
Lightning star Nikita Kucherov, who leads the NHL with 27 points (5G-22A) in the playoffs, left the game with an undisclosed injury less than three minutes after the start of the first period (he played 46 seconds of ice time). Kucherov was shaken after hitting Islanders center Mathew Barzal. He was also cross-checked earlier from behind by Mayfield (who was not penalized).
[COVERAGE BEGINS AT 8 P.M. ET – NBCSN]
THOSE: Islanders of New York au Lightning of Tampa Bay
OR: Arena AMALIE
WHEN: Friday, June 25, 8 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN / Peacock
ON CALL : Kenny Albert, Eddie Olczyk, Brian Boucher
DIRECT: You can watch the Islanders-Lightning stream at The NBC Sports live streaming page and the NBC Sports app.
ISLANDS VS. LIGHTNING (Series tied 3-3) – series live stream link
Game 1: Islanders 2, Lightning 1
Game 2: Lightning 4, Islanders 2
Game 3: Lightning 2, Islanders 1
Game 4: Islanders 3, Lightning 2
Game 5: Lightning 8, Islanders 0
Game 6: Islanders 3, Lightning 2 (OT)
Thu 7: Fri 25 June: Islanders at Lightning, 20 h HE (NBCSN / Peacock)