Quick-strike Lightning beat Islanders, on verge of final

Tanya Simon
September 14, 2020

Coach Barry Trotz understands this is still an uphill battle. "We're going to have to get some production there". "You're in a position to get it to a best-of-three, and the opposition, though, doesn't want that, and they're going to do everything to prevent us from doing that".

Killorn will sit out Game 3 of the series Friday in Edmonton. The teams split those, so now NY is in a position where it can even the series with a victory in Game 4 on Sunday.

Afterwards, Tampa Bay fell by 3-1 by the end of the second period with the two goals from Islanders' Pelech and Beauvillier.

"The reason we won yesterday was probably because of the mindset in Game 2", Trotz said. That seemed to happen in this game, as NY played a fairly sound period in the middle frame. "We have to win the fourth one first".

Still, there are constant reminders of how formidable the Lightning are.

For the Islanders, it has to be disappointing to hold Tampa scoreless during the first period (Tampa's best) and then lose the game in the second and third while playing good, competitive hockey.

Tampa Bay defeats NY 4-1 to move within 1 victory of the Stanley Cup Final.

The Lightning won their third game of the series during the furious 27 second stretch with three goals. Not only did the unit keep NY off the board, they limited the Isles to only four shots on goal with the man advantage.

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With almost 30 minutes of scoreless hockey gone by, Nelson gave the Islanders the lead midway through the second period.

Unlike the previous two games, the Lightning started rolling nearly right off the bat in Game Four.

"I'm not happy out there", Gourde said. "There's probably good parts of that game that I don't like, and there's good parts of the game that I liked in Game 2 that I thought was maybe a better game in some areas". The Lightning are a different team when he's in the lineup; the Islanders just don't seem to have an answer for him.

"I'm not a big believer in just because you scored, you don't just go to the bench and think about".

The Lightning get back Alex Killorn from a suspension. Tampa Bay was also missing its leading playoff scorer, centre Brayden Point, who has an undisclosed injury.

Who: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. The powerful Lightning went out in the first round previous year, but they haven't seemed easy to rattle as they've progressed through this 2020 postseason.

"They may only have one goal, but they're still a pain in the ass to play against", Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said of Barzal, Lee and Eberle. "There's a really quiet confidence about our group".

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