October 25, 2021

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NHL Playoff Semifinals | Beauville rescues islanders

NHL Playoff Semifinals |  Beauville rescues islanders

The islanders are forced to catch Game 7




Win A. Chervu
The Canadian Press

(UnionDale) Anthony Beauville scored at 1:08 in overtime as the New York Islanders forced a seventh game against Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Wednesday.

Jordan Eberley and Scott Mayfield scored other goals for the Islanders, who cleared the two-goal deficit in the second period. Semian Varlamov made 22 saves in front of the winning net.

Bryden Point hit the back of the net in the ninth inning for lightning. Anthony Cirelli scored the other goal of the defending champions as well as assisted. Andrei Vasilevsky blocked 25 shots.

Buvillier was able to block a pass in the right face-off circle and, without wasting time, he beat Vasilevsky with the first shot of extra time.

As the islanders plan to go to the UBS Arena next season, as the game is the last in the NASA Coliseum, spectators throw cans and bottles of beer on the ice to celebrate the victory.

Game 7 will be played Friday night in Tampa.

Point scored the game’s first goal at 16:02 in the opening throw, beating Verlamov with a backhand shot as Sirelli returned from the shot. For the point, this is his 14E Playoff goal, high in the NHL. In addition, his nine-game scoring streak left only a fraction of the record created by Reggie Leach in 1976 with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Photo by Brad Penner, USA Today Sports

Thanks to Scott Mayfield (24), the Islanders equalized with less than ten minutes to play in the third period.

With 7:24 left in the midfield after the breakup, Cirelli doubled the visitors’ lead, thanks to a shot that slipped through the Verlamov pads.

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Within two minutes after the Cirelli net, Jordan Eberley halved the lightning lead after a pass from Matthew Barcel.

Mayfield drew 2-2 with 8:44 left in the third period. After receiving a pass from Barcel, Mayfield stepped into the right-face face-off circle and surprised Vasilevsky with a shot that hit the horizontal bar just before the end of the net.

Photo by Andy Marilyn, USA Today Sports

In the third period, Andrei Vasilevsky (88) lost for the first time on a backhand shot from Jordan Eberley.