Ice hockey – NHL (play-offs): Tampa Bay crushes Islanders and takes advantage


What a slap! Tampa Bay inflicted a real correction on the New York Islanders in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup semi-final. Title-holders, the Lightning are only one victory away from playing a new final, after their big 8-0 success over the Big Apple players. While there had never been more than two goals difference between the two teams in the first four games of the series, the Floridians blew up the New Yorkers. At the end of the first third, the score was already 3-0, thanks to goals from Steven Stamkos (46th second), Yanni Gourde (12th minute) and Alexander Killorn (16th). The Islanders coach then decided to take out goalkeeper Semyon Varlamov, who had conceded three goals in 16 shots, to replace him with Ilya Sorokin. But the latter did not do much better, far from it, since he conceded five goals in 26 shots, by Steven Stamkos (26th), Ondrej Palat (36th) and Alexander Killorn (38th) in the second third, then by Brayden Point (42nd) and Luke Schenn (53rd) in the last.

Point is getting closer to the record

Point scored in his eighth straight playoff game and is just two goals off the record for Reggie Leach, who scored in ten straight games with Philadelphia in 1976. Tampa Bay has not lost two games in a row in the play-offs since 2019 and the Lightning coach admitted that Monday’s big victory is rooted in the second half of Match 4, where the Lightning had conceded a 3 -0, before losing to the score of 3-2. “We’re a proud group, and what happened in the second period the other night wasn’t in our DNA,” said Jon Cooper. That third period carried over to tonight, and the guys had the momentum for that reason. « To see if the Islanders will not have the same desire for revenge during Match 6, which will take place at home on Wednesday …

NHL / PLAY-OFFS 2021
Semi-finals

Tampa Bay Lightning – New York Islanders: 3-2
Match 1 – Tampa Bay Lightning – New York Islanders : 1-2
Match 2 – Tampa bay lightning – New York Islanders: 4-2
Match 3 – New York Islanders – Tampa bay lightning : 1-2
Match 4 – New York Islanders – Tampa Bay Lightning: 3-2
Match 5 – Tampa bay lightning – New York Islanders: 8-0
Match 6: New York Islanders – Tampa Bay Lightning June 23
Match 7 (if necessary): Tampa Bay Lightning – New York Islanders June 25



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