New York Islanders @ Tampa Bay Lightning
TB leads the series 3-2
After the series being evened up the other night, the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders both were looking to take control of the series for a 3-2 advantage. From the moment the puck dropped, Tampa Bay was dominant in this game from the get go. Steven Stamkos struck quickly 45 seconds into the first period as he added his sixth goal of the playoffs which was assisted by Alex Killorn and Anthony Cirelli. Stamkos collected a block shot from the left circle and ripped it behind Semyon Varlamov. The Lightning would not be done as both Yanni Gourde and Alex Killorn each scored to take a 3-0 lead after the first period. Gourde’s goal came off of a deflection from a Blake Coleman centering pass that would make it into the back of the net. Killorn’s goal hit him on his back from a David Svarad shot from the point and would roll into the back of the net.
Those three goals wouldn’t be the last you would see of Tampa’s great offense. Another three goals were added in the second period. Steven Stamkos would score on the power play as he would rip a one timer for his second goal of the game. Later on, Ondrej Palat would deflect in a shot from David Savard that would beat Islanders goalie Ilya Sorokin who came in the game to relieve Semoyon Varlamov. Nikita Kucherov would get an assist on the play as well. Two minutes later saw Alex Killornget his second goal of the game on the power play as he would tip in a shot from Victor Hedman as he was screening the goalie Sorokoin in front of the net. Things got dicey between the two team at the end of the period as Matthew Barzal would receive a five minute major penalty and a game misconduct for cross checking Lightning defenseman Jan Rutta in the head which would end his evening.
If you thought at that point that the Lightning were done scoring, you were sorely mistaken. Brayden Point continues his amazing scoring run in the playoffs as he added his thirteenth goal this postseason on the major penalty to Barzal. Later on at the 12:05 mark saw Luke Schenn let go of a shot at the point which pinballs off a defender and into the back of the net to make the score 8-0. That would be the final score of the game as the Tampa Bay completely dominated the New York Islanders as the put up forty shots on net compared to the Islanders putting up twenty one shots. The Lightning are hoping to close this series out on the road as they face the Islanders again in game six back on Long Island.
New York Islanders
Tampa Bay Lightning
Game 6: Tampa Bay Lightning @ New York Islanders 8:00pm EST