Sports Martin, Pulock help Isles top Lightning 3-2 to tie series

07:10  20 june  2021
07:10  20 june  2021 Source:   thecanadianpress.com

Islanders beat Bruins 6-2 in Game 6, reach Stanley Cup semis

  Islanders beat Bruins 6-2 in Game 6, reach Stanley Cup semis UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Islanders got another big second period and ran past the Boston Bruins for a return trip to the Stanley Cup semifinals. Brock Nelson scored twice in New York's three-goal second, Semyon Varlamov stopped 23 shots and the Islanders beat the Bruins 6-2 in Game 6 on Wednesday night in a front of a raucous home crowd at Nassau Coliseum. “It was awesome,” Nelson said. “The place was rocking tonight. The fans were feeding us energy. The team played great. One of those nights (coach) Barry (Trotz) touched on after the game, you’ll always remember moments like that. That was a big game, a big team effort from everybody.

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Matt Martin capped New York's three-goal second period, Ryan Pulock made a diving stop in front of an open goal in the closing seconds and the Islanders held on to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 Saturday night to even their Stanley Cup semifinal series at two games apiece.

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Josh Bailey and Mathew Barzal also scored, and Cal Clutterbuck and Adam Pelech each had two assists. Semyon Varlamov finished with 28 saves to help the Islanders win a Game 4 to tie a series after dropping the previous game at home for the third time this postseason.

Brayden Point had a goal for the seventh straight game, and Tyler Johnson also scored for the defending champion Lightning. Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 27 saves.

Lightning, Islanders envision tight Stanley Cup semifinal

  Lightning, Islanders envision tight Stanley Cup semifinal TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Experience is an invaluable ally in the Stanley Cup playoffs. There’s little the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning haven’t encountered during deep postseason runs five of the past seven years. The New York Islanders haven’t achieved as much but have progressed enough in three seasons under Barry Trotz to not feel like heavy underdogs in the Stanley Cup semifinals. “We believe we’re a good team. We expected to be here. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy ... but coming into the season, we expected to be here,” New York’s Matt Martin said.

The tied score was short-lived, as Tampa regained the lead before the end of the frame. Just as Adam Pelech's interference penalty expired, a Victor Hedman shot hit a pileup in front of the net before Point swept home his league-leading 11th goal of the playoffs. The Islanders shook off the late goal and "Tampa is good all-around, they're defending Stanley Cup champions and they know what it takes to win," Matt Martin said. "They have a couple top -tier defensemen and four good lines that know what they have to do in their d-zone." Isles more disciplined: After taking five penalties on Tuesday

Islanders 3, Lightning 2. #TBLightning's Palat (7 goals) brings #GoBolts within one against # Isles for the 3 - 2 goal. Vasilevskiy stops a Ryan Pulock shot. Islanders goal. Brock Nelson scores from the right circle after Lightning 1, Islanders 1. #TBLightning's Sergachev ties it up 1-1 against # Isles with 3 The status of Lightning top -line center Brayden Point is the big question heading into Game 3 of

Game 5 is Monday night in Tampa, Florida, with Game 6 back at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday night.

The Lightning pulled Vasilevskiy for an extra skater with about 1:50 left, but he returned to the ice 38 seconds later when Victor Hedman was called for tripping Clutterbuck to give the Islanders a power play.

Tampa Bay’s Ryan McDonagh had the puck on the left side in the waning seconds, spun around to get away from Brock Nelson and drew Varlamov forward before sending the puck at the open net. But Pulock's dive kept the puck out and preserved the win.

Vasilevskiy gave up his most goals since he allowed four in Game 4 of the second round against Carolina. He had a shutout in the series-clinching Game 5 and then had limited the Islanders to five goals in the first three games of this series.

Semyon Varlamov, Islanders beat Lightning 2-1 in Game 1

  Semyon Varlamov, Islanders beat Lightning 2-1 in Game 1 TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Semyon Varlamov and the New York Islanders are on a roll. The veteran goaltender made 30 saves to outplay Andrei Vasilevskiy, and the Islanders got goals from Mathew Barkov and Ryan Pulock to hold off defending champion Tampa Bay 2-1 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup semifinals. The Lightning lost a series opener for the first time this postseason. It's also the first series deficit they've faced since dropping Game 1 of last year's Cup final to the Dallas Stars. "In our minds Varly is one of the best goalies in the league.

Coming into this series and rematch of last year's Eastern Conference Final, the Islanders knew they'd have their work cut out for them in all aspects of the game. They also felt confident in their ability to match up with the Lightning . When it comes to special teams, the Islanders have held their own in the series . Jean-Gabriel Pageau did not play for the majority of the third period. Following the game, Trotz confirmed that the centerman 'tweaked something' and was holding him out for precautionary purposes. Trotz said after the game he expected the forward to "be fine for the rest of the series ."

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Point got the Lightning on the scoreboard 3:45 into the third as he brought the puck up the right side and beat Varlamov with a shot from nearly 50 feet out. It was Point's league-best 12th of the postseason and tied Claude Lemieux (1997), Joe Sakic (1996), Mario Lemieux (1996), Pat LaFontaine (1992) and Mario Lemieux (1991) for the longest streak in the last 30 years.

Johnson made it 3-2 nearly 3 minutes later as he got the puck in the corner, skated around one Islanders player, moved toward the net and beat Varlamov up high on the right side with teammate Ross Colton and Pulock screening the goalie.

Varlamov had six saves over the first 3 minutes of the second, including consecutive tries in close by Point that drew chants of “Var-ly! Var-ly!” from the home crowd.

The Lightning were outshooting the Islanders 17-4 at the time, but New York dominated the rest of the period as it scored three times while outworking Tampa Bay with a 17-3 edge on shots on goal.

Point scores again, Lightning beat Islanders 2-1 in Game 3

  Point scores again, Lightning beat Islanders 2-1 in Game 3 UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — After keeping up his scoring touch to help Tampa Bay get a big road victory its Stanley Cup semifinal series, Brayden Point was especially proud of the Lightning's defensive effort. Point got the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 27 shots and the Lightning beat the New York Islanders 2-1 on Thursday night to take a 2-1 series lead. The Islanders outshot the Lightning 8-5 in a tight third period, but couldn’t tie it. They pulled goalie Semyon Varlamov for an extra skater with about 1:48 remaining but couldn’t manage a shot on goal.

Pulock was tied with the now-departed Devon Toews in scoring among their blue liners with 10 points. He plays heavy minutes and is a dependable top -pair player. He will be an unrestricted free agent when this deal expires after the 2021-22 NHL season. Like Boychuk, the savings wouldn’t be worth it in trying to extend Barzal. Leddy, though, could be an option. His cap hit would stay on for four seasons but drop down to .25M for 2020-21 and 0,000 in 2021-22 before ballooning back up to $ 2 .25M for the final two years. Lamoriello is known as ‘Loophole Lou,’ and creativity will be needed to get Barzal

The Lightning controlled the play for the first half of the contest, frustrating the Islanders at every turn but New York finally got their game going and played the Lightning even the rest of the way, if not better than that. There was no scoring in the third period as the Islanders outshot the Lightning 8-5 after outshooting them 13-9 in the second. A big surprise was that Matt Martin led everyone with four shots on goal. That does not happen very often, if at all. Pelech had six hits, one better than Ryan Pulock , Martin and Sergachev.

The Islanders got on the scoreboard at 5 1/2 minutes on their third shot on goal of the period — and seventh of the game. Nelson brought the puck up the left side, drew a couple of Lightning players to him as he spun around and sent a cross-ice pass to Bailey, who quickly beat Vasilevskiy high on the glove side from right circle for his sixth of the postseason.

Barzal made it 2-0 with 6:14 left as he got the rebound of a shot by Clutterbuck from the right point and quickly put it into the open net from the left side with Kyle Palmieri screening Vasilevskiy in front. It was Barzal's sixth of the playoffs, all coming in the last nine games.

Pelech sent a shot toward the net from the left side that was stopped by Vasilevskiy. The rebound went to the right side, where Martin backhanded it into the top left corner to make it 3-0 with 2:03 left. The Lightning challenged for offside on the entry into the offensive zone, but the play was upheld after a video review — confirming the Islanders' seventh three-goal period in 16 games this postseason.


The Lightning went 0 for 1 on the power play — with no shots on goal — to fall to 2 for 9 in the series. In the first two rounds, Tampa Bay converted on 42% of its chances.

The Islanders were 0 for 3 with the man advantage, falling to 1 for 11 in the series. They are 23% for the postseason.


The team that scored first has won each of the first four games of this series. The Islanders improved to 5-1 when getting the first goal. They are 5-5 when the opponent scores first.

The Lightning, 10-1 when scoring first, fell to 0-4 when allowing the first goal.


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