Lightning Advance to Stanley Cup Final

Tampa looks to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2015 while the Isles look to stay alive in Game 6 tonight.

In Game 5, the Isles won 2-1 in double OT.

Game 6 Tale of the Tape

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New York Islanders Lines and Defencive Pairings

Anders LeeMathew BarzalCal Clutterbuck
Anthony BeauvillierBrock NelsonJosh Bailey
Matt MartinJean-Gabriel PageauJordan Eberle
Leo KomarovDerick BrassardMichael Dal Colle
Andy GreeneRyan Pulock
Devon ToewsScott Mayfield
Nick LeddyJohnny Boychuk
Semyon Varlamov
Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Ross Johnston, Otto Koivula, Andrew Ladd, Sebastian Aho, Noah Dobson, Thomas Hickey, Christopher Gibson

Unfit to Play: Adam Pelech, Casey Cizikas, Tom Kuhnhackl


Tampa Bay Lightning Lines and Defencive Pairings

Ondrej PalatBrayden PointNikita Kucherov
Alex KillornAnthony CirelliTyler Johnson
Blake ColemanYanni GourdeBarclay Goodrow
Pat MaroonCedric Pauquette
Victor HedmanKevin Shattenkirk
Ryan McDonaghZach Bogosian
Mikhail SergachevErik Cernak
Luke Schenn
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Mathieu Joseph, Mitchell Stephens, Alexander Volkov, Braydon Coburn, Scott Wedgewood

Unfit to Play: Steven Stamkos, Jan Rutta


1st Period Analysis and Summary

Early on in the period, there were two instances of too many men for the New York Islanders, but it would be noticed by the officials on the ice.

At 4:15, Devon Toews scored his second goal in the postseason, assisted by Anders Lee (fourth assist) and Mathew Barzal (12th assist).

Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning ties up the game with his at 6:28.

After the two goals, there would be a lot of battles for puck possession between both teams for a major portion of the duration of the period.

At the end of 20, the score is all tied up 1-1.

NYI GoalDevon Toews (2)Assisted byAnders Lee (4)Mathew Barzal (12)4:15
TB GoalVictor Hedman (9)Assisted byErik Cernak (4)Nikita Kucherov (20)6:28

1st Period Stats

Tampa BayNY Islanders
Faceoffs8 for 168 for 16
Power Play0 for 00 for 0
Shots176
Hits1524

2nd Period Analysis and Summary

The Islanders aren’t able to get as many shots off and all players on ice need to do a better job of getting the puck around and create as much chaos around the net as possible.

The first power play of the contest goes to the Lightning when Devon Toews of the Islanders goes to the penalty box for Delay of Game-Hitting Puck over Glass at 4:29. As soon as Toews’ penalty comes to an end, Cal Clutterbuck gets a delayed tripping penalty call at 7:13.

At 15:17, the Islanders go on their first power play for a Lightning Hooking penalty that is called on Tyler Johnson.

Going into the third period, the Islanders need to figure out the ways to find their shots.

Heading into the second intermission, the score remains 1-1.

NYI PenaltyDevon ToewsforDelay of Game-Puck Over Glass2 min minor4:29
NYI PenaltyCal ClutterbuckforTripping2 min minor7:13
TB PenaltyTyler JohnsonforHooking2 min minor15:17

2nd Period Stats

Tampa BayNY Islanders
Faceoffs16 for 3418 for 34
Power Play0 for 20 for 1
Shots2712
Hits2741

3rd Period Analysis and Summary

There are way too many turnovers going on in the contest and both the Islanders and Lightning can’t win this way. At 10:10, shots are 36-15 in favour of Tampa Bay and the Islanders can’t win when you are being out shot by 21. The Isles need to attack the net and create chances to get the puck in the net.

The Islanders go on the penalty kill at 13:53 Devon Toews goes off for his second Delay of Game-Puck over Glass call. The Lightning can strike here the take the series but they were unable to take advantage on the extra-man advantage.

A late penalty is called on Andy Greene for hi-sticking with 23.0 left in the period. Andy Greene will sit for four minutes.

When the 1st overtime begins, there will be 3:37 left on the Greene double minor.

NYI PenaltyDevon ToewsforDelay of Game-Puck over Glass2 min minor13:53
NYI PenaltyAndy GreeneforHi-sticking2 min minor19:37
NYI PenaltyAndy GreeneforHi-sticking2 min minor19:37

3rd Period Stats

Tampa BayNY Islanders
Faceoffs22 for 5432 for 54
Power Play0 for 4*0 for 1
Shots4221
Hits3858
*3:37 left in TB power play

1st Overtime Analysis and Summary

When the power play resumed, there would be three shots taken in total throughout the duration of the power play.

At 8:49, Tampa Bay is called for a Too Many Men on the ice penalty. Pat Maroon will serve the penalty for the Lightning.

Anthony Cirelli scores at 13:18 to send the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup final.

TB PenaltyToo Many Menserved byPat Maroon2 min minor8:49
TB GoalAnthony Cirelli (3)Assisted byBarclay Goodrow (4)13:18

End of Game Stats

Tampa BayNY Islanders
Faceoffs31 for 6837 for 68
Power Play0 for 50 for 2
Shots4827
Hits4062

Up Next:

Tampa Bay: Stanley Cup Final vs. Dallas Stars

NY Islanders: 2020-21 Season

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