(UnionDale) Briden Point overcame a deadlock in the second period and the Tampa Bay Lightning struck Thursday night at the NASA Coliseum to beat the New York Islands 2-1.
Point put the needle in the sixth consecutive game, becoming the first player in Lightning history to achieve such a feat. This is his 11E The goal of the current playoffs, which is the peak in the NHL.
Lightning won the second consecutive game and took a 2-1 lead in that Stanley Cup semi-final series. The two teams will meet again on Saturday night at Union Dale.
In the first engagement the Lightning ended a nine-game deficit without hitting a goal that would keep the Lightning ahead of themselves. With his help, Nikita Kucherov increased her series to six by at least one point.
Andrei Vasilevsky, who was a little less busy in the opening period, stood out in the final 40 minutes of the game, ending the clash with 27 saves for the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Call Clutterbuck scored the lone goal for the islanders who were trailing after three games for the third consecutive series in 2021.
Semian Varlamov was certainly not the cause of the recent defeat of his troops. The Russian blocked 23 of the 25 puckers by targeting him.
Lightning picked up where it had stopped in the last game and put a lot of pressure into the opponent’s territory. Joan Cooper’s team’s work was finally half over in the first period.
Blake Coleman jumped to the left and fired a good low shot that stopped Varlamov. However, Coleman caught the puck and tried to pass on a goal that hit defenseman Nick Lady Skate before hitting the blade of Gourde’s stick. Quebec found the opening and scored his third goal of the current series.
The second was the affair of the Twenty Islanders, but they missed some chances before ending on the scoreboard.
With a great chance in front of the Vasilevsky net, Matthew Barzal beat the lightning goalkeeper, but not the post to his left. Then the islanders had their first power play of the night, but could not hit this mark.
In the end defender Eric Cernac’s help was beneficial to the local team, with 2:59 to go in the second half. During a scrum in front of the Lightning cage, Cernac wanted to give the puck back to Vasilevsky, but was eventually pushed by the clotterbuck behind her red line.
There is only 20 seconds to go to the point. Seconds after Adam Pelech’s penalty, a shot from Victor Hedman’s wrist hit an Islands player and was able to catch the point disc before slipping under Verlamov.
In the final third, the New York structure made a splash in enemy territory, but with the help of Vasilevsky was able to close the door without lightning protection and trouble.