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Sports Stamkos, Vasilevskiy pace Lightning's 8-0 rout of Islanders

07:20  22 june  2021
07:20  22 june  2021 Source:   thecanadianpress.com

Lightning eliminate Hurricanes, advance to Cup semifinals

  Lightning eliminate Hurricanes, advance to Cup semifinals RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Andrei Vasilevskiy was at his best again with the Tampa Bay Lightning in position to close out a playoff series. Throw in a couple of timely goals from Brayden Point and Ross Colton, and the reigning Stanley Cup champions are a step closer to playing for another title. Vasilevskiy posted his third straight shutout in a series-clinching victory, helping the Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 on Tuesday night to win the second-round series in five games. Point's power-play goal — which followed a huge save from Vasilevskiy — put Tampa Bay up in the second period, then Colton scored in the third.

The Islanders are on the brink of elimination following an 8 - 0 drubbing at the hands of the home Lightning on Monday in Game 5 of the semifinal. The series heads back to Long Island Wednesday with the Islanders trailing 3-2. Steven Stamkos and Alex Kilorn both scored twice for Tampa Bay, which scored three times in the first period and also got three assists from Nikita Kucherov. The Lightning defeated the Islanders in Game 5 Monday night. NHLI via Getty Images. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 21 shots.

Islanders vs. Lightning . NYI@TBL, Gm5: Stamkos rips home PPG for second goal. Stamkos , Killorn help Lightning rout Islanders , 8 - 0 . Jun 21, 2021 • 05:04. NYI@TBL, Gm5: Vasilevskiy blanks Islanders in Game 5.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist and Andrei Vasilevskiy notched his fourth career playoff shutout, helping the Tampa Bay Lightning rout the New York Islanders 8-0 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup semifinal series on Monday night.

  Stamkos, Vasilevskiy pace Lightning's 8-0 rout of Islanders © Provided by The Canadian Press

The defending NHL champions improved to 13-0 in games following a postseason loss since launching their 2020 title run and will take a 3-2 series lead over the Islanders into Game 6 of their best-of-seven matchup Wednesday night in Uniondale, New York.

Stamkos ignited a three-goal opening period — the first against the Islanders all season — by scoring just 45 seconds into the game. His power-play goal at 5:42 of the second began another three-goal period that made it 6-0.

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Vasilevskiy stops Nelson on break. Islanders top Lightning in 2OT in Game 5 of East Final, avoid elimination. Eberle wins it at 12:30, Varlamov makes 36 saves for New York. The Islanders and Lightning combine for three goals in 27 seconds in Game 4 of their Stanley Cup Playoff matchup.

Captain Steven Stamkos and Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy spoke to the media following the Bolts 4- 0 win in Game 6 against the Florida Panthers. Tampa Bay Lightning and tampabaylightning.com are trademarks of Lightning Hockey L.P. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League.

Alex Killorn finished with two goals, Brayden Point delivered his 13th of the playoffs, and postseason scoring leader Nikita Kucherov extended his career-best playoff points streak to eight games with three assists for Tampa Bay, which hasn’t lost consecutive playoff games since being swept by Columbus in the first round in 2019.

Point has scored a goal in eight straight games, the second-longest stretch within a single postseason in NHL history.

Vasilevskiy, meanwhile, stopped all 21 shots he faced for his third playoff shutout this year. The Vezina Trophy finalist also blanked Florida and Carolina in series-clinchers in the first two rounds.

Essentially taking up where the Lightning left off in a furious third-period rally that just fell short in a 3-2 loss in Game 4, Stamkos, Yanni Gourde and Killorn scored in the first 15:27 to make quick work of Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov, who was replaced by Ilya Sorokin after yielding three goals on just 16 shots.

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 Lightning added a seventh goal on the ensuing power play at the start of the third, with Brayden Point snapping home a shot from the slot off Kucherov' s one-touch feed from the corner. The goal extends Point' s goal-scoring streak to eight games, marking the second longest in playoff history. Tampa Bay controlled possession for most of the game, making it a light night for Vasilevskiy in net. He stopped all 20 shots the Islanders fired his way. The injury Erik Cernak suffered in the third period of Game 4 was enough to hold him out of action on Monday. Schenn drew in for the first time in the

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes a save on a shot attempt by Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. (AP) — Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov scored, Andre Vasilevskiy made 29 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 Thursday night. Vasilevskiy improved to 15- 0 -2 in his past 17 starts to set a franchise record for consecutive games without a regulation loss.

The Islanders held on to win Game 4, evening the series at two games apiece, when defenseman Ryan Pulock’s diving stop in the closing seconds prevented the Lightning from forcing overtime. But since using a three-goal period of its own to take command Saturday night, New York has been outscored 10-0 over the last four periods of the series.

UNMATCHED RESILIENCE

Tampa Bay’s sparkling record in games following a playoff loss comes on the heels of being swept by Columbus in the first round two years ago. It’s the longest such streak in NHL history, and Vasilevskiy has been the goaltender in each of the victories. Kucherov has a team-leading 26 points (5 goals, 21 assists) in the 13 games.

POINT’S STREAK

Point, who leads the league with 13 goals this postseason, is the second player in NHL history to score a goal in at least eight consecutive playoff games in a single year. Reggie Leach had a 10-game goal streak for the Philadelphia Flyers in 1976.

QUICK STARTERS

The Lightning are 11-1 when scoring the first goal this postseason, 0-4 when they haven't.

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Fred Goodall, The Associated Press

Vasilevskiy shines again, Lightning blank Islanders 1-0 .
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Thanks to Andrei Vasilevskiy and another stellar defensive performance, the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning are headed back to the Stanley Cup Final. “It's becoming a broken record, but it's not how many you put in the net, it's how many you keep out," coach Jon Cooper said Friday night after Vasilevskiy had 18 saves and benefited from exceptional play in front of him to beat the New York Islanders 1-0 in Game 7 of their NHL playoff semifinal. “It’s a hard lesson to learn, especially the players coming up today and the skill, the rules getting put into place that open up skill and to skate and to score,” Cooper added.

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