In the other Stanley Cup semi-final series, the Tampa Bay Lightning claimed a decisive victory in Game 3 on Thursday against the New York Islanders.
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Game 3: Vegas Golden Knights vs. the Montreal Canadiens | 8 p.m. ET (series tied 1-1)
Golden Knights center Chandler Stephenson suffers from an upper-body injury daily as coach Pete DeBoer did not clarify his status for Game 3 after his surprise scratch in Game 2. Nicolas Roy moved on. between Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty to start. Match 2, but Keegan Kolesar took over and played well with them the rest of the way. If Stephenson can’t make it, it’s a big blow to one of the team’s main scoring lines.
The challenge for Vegas in Game 3 is to score first, while Montreal is 9-1. In general, the Knights must resolve Carey Price. “He’s an elite goalie, but he’s just part of their team and who they are,” said DeBoer.
About last night
Tampa Bay Lightning 2, New York Islanders 1 (Lightning plomb 2-1)
As good as the Islanders can be defensively, the Lightning is no slouch in keeping the puck out of their net, especially on the road, where they have a 1.71 goals against average in the playoffs. That defense took control of their victory in Game 3, as goals from Yanni Gourde and Brayden Point led the Lightning to a series lead. The Islanders did not shoot on goal after removing goalkeeper Semyon Varlamov.
“We have taken this route before. We need guys in the big moments they show up. They’ve learned over the years: take the lead, protect the lead, extend the lead, ”Tampa coach Jon Cooper said. Well, two out of three is not bad. Full recap
Three stars of the night
1. Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, Lightning de Tampa Bay
The goalkeeper made 27 saves to secure a huge road victory for the Bolts in a raucous Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders had a 14-5 advantage on high-risk 5-5 chances in Game 3, and barring a mistake in his defense, Vasilevskiy stopped them.
2. Brayden Point, C, Lightning de Tampa Bay
Point has 65 points in 58 playoff games and is averaging 0.57 goals per game during his playoff career. This is the seventh highest in NHL history for a minimum of 30 games played. For context, he is 0.02 points per game behind Wayne Gretzky.
3. Semyon Varlamov, G, New York Islanders
Varlamov made 23 saves in the loss, confidently stopping some of the Lightning’s good chances to keep him close.
Quote of the day
– (@faiello_mari) June 18, 2021
“When I look at him, I didn’t think there was much. You have to fight through these things. “
– Islanders coach Barry Trotz on that interference call on Adam Pelech in the second period. The Lightning scored the game-winning goal just after the ensuing power play ended.
Unnecessary help of the day
Clutterbuck will have credit here, but Cernak pic.twitter.com/IlyLIBO2Zs
– Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) June 18, 2021
Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak attempted to help goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy by pushing the puck towards him so he could freeze it. Instead, he helped facilitate the Islanders’ only goal of the game, scored by Cal Clutterbuck. Oops.
Cruel irony of the day
At this point, can Brayden be stopped? #Coupe Stanley
– LNH (@NHL) June 18, 2021
Remember in Game 2 when an Islanders defenseman crossed Brayden Point against Semyon Varlamov and Point got a goalkeeper interference penalty, then the Islanders scored in the power play that followed? Well, in Game 3, an Islanders defenseman put Anthony Cirelli against Varlamov while Point – who was himself undergoing a checkback! – scored the second goal of the game for Tampa. The Gods of Hockey love to troll us like that.
Islander fan of the day
– New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) June 18, 2021
Jimmy Fallon was at the game cheering on the Islanders, but oddly enough left all of his other New York hockey gear at home.