Game 5: Lightning fall to Islanders in 2OT

Tanya Simon
September 24, 2020

The Tampa Bay Lightning look to clinch the Eastern Conference finals over the New York Islanders in game six.

Eberle buried a one-timer at 12:30 of the second extra session to cut the Lightning's lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final series to 3-2.

Game 6 is on Thursday night.

Eberle's victor came on just the 24th shot through four-plus periods for the Islanders, who failed to keep Andrei Vasilevskiy busy in a game in which they blocked more shots than they managed to produce for themselves.

The decisive goal came after the Lightning won a faceoff in the Islanders' zone.

Islanders forward Jordan Eberle knew exactly what to do upon seeing teammate and captain Anders Lee pounce on the loose puck once Tampa Bay's Kevin Shattenkirk whiffed on his shot from the right point. With their season hanging in the balance, NY held Tampa Bay to two shots.

Kucherov returned to ice just minutes after getting the trainer's attention in the second period. "It's tough for us obviously, but this is hockey", Hedman said. "The players are going to decide it one way or the other". "I think it's every kid's dream to be in this situation, so I think we're excited and we're ready to go". Dallas has given up 44 power-play goals, killing 79.7% of opponent chances.

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Tampa Bay's Carter Verhaeghe had a goal overturned 10:01 into the second period, when the Islanders challenged the play for being offside.

The Lightning dropped to 4-1 in overtime games this postseason, including a 5-4 5OT win over Columbus in Game 1 of their first-round series.

TOP PERFORMERS: Mathew Barzal leads the Islanders with 41 assists and has 60 points this season. NY went onto beat the Washington Capitals in five games in the first round and then took down the first-seed Philadelphia Flyers in seven games to advance to the conference final.

"Our guys didn't waver - they just kept grinding", Islanders coach Barry Trotz said.

Tampa Bay was up 3-1 in its series against NY before losing a thriller in double-overtime on Tuesday.

Hedman joins American Brian Leetch as the first defenceman to score eight goals in a single playoff.

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