Ice Hockey – NHL – Play-offs: Tampa Bay one win away from playing the Stanley Cup


Posted on September 13, 2020 at 11:46 p.m.

Mathieu WARNIER

Thanks to their big victory in Game 4 against the New York Islanders (1-4), the Tampa Bay Lightning took one step closer to the Stanley Cup finals.

Sixteen years after the only title in its history, the Tampa Bay Lightning is very close to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Florida franchise has, in fact, approached a victory in qualifying by dominating the New York Islanders in Game 4 of the series between them. After the first 20 minutes of play without any goal, it is the players of « Big Apple » who took the lead in this meeting when, after eleven minutes of play in the second half, Brock Nelson played against Andrei Vasilevskiy to open the scoring. But the Lightining’s response was… a thunderclap! Fifteen seconds after this goal, Blake Coleman went to deceive Semyon Varlamov before Ondrej Palat did the same… twelve seconds later.

The Islanders were never able to respond

Led by a single length 20 minutes from the end of the game, the New York Islanders had all the cards in hand to get back into the game … But a little more than three minutes after the resumption of the game, Brayden Point seated a little more the domination of the Floridians by scoring his team’s third goal. A success for the Tampa Bay Lightning which was definitely acquired when Pat Maroon widened the gap two and a half minutes from the end of the game. Even playing the card of numerical superiority by bringing out their goalkeeper, Islanders players have never been able to close the gap and logically bow (1-4). Now led three wins to one, the New Yorkers are back to the wall and will not be allowed to make mistakes this Tuesday in Game 5.

NHL NHL / STANLEY CUP 2020

Conference Finals

Eastern Conference (in Toronto)

Tampa Bay Lightning (2) – New York Islanders (6): 3-1
Match 1 – Tampa bay – New York: 8-2
Match 2 – Tampa bay – New York: 2-1
Match 3 – New York Islanders – Tampa Bay: 5-3
Match 4 – New York Islanders – Tampa bay : 1-4
Game 5 on Tuesday, September 15
Game 6 (if necessary) Thursday, September 17
Game 7 (if necessary) on Saturday September 19

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