Islanders stay alive in Game 5 win over Lightning

Islanders ahead Jordan Eberle knew precisely what to do upon seeing teammate and captain Anders Lee pounce at the free puck as soon as Tampa Bay’s Kevin Shattenkirk whiffed on his shot from the appropriate level.

Eberle raced up the center, drove to the web and transformed Lee’s cross to cap a two-on-one ruin and stay the Islanders’ playoff hopes alive. The objective, scored 12:30 into the second one extra time, sealed a 2-1 win over the Lightning in Sport Five in their Japanese Convention ultimate sequence Tuesday evening.


“Issues occur fast available in the market. You’ve were given to react. You notice the fanned shot. You notice Leesy poke it by means of,” stated Eberle, who scored his moment winner of the postseason. “You’ve performed this recreation a very long time, you recognize when you’ve got odd-man rushes and a possibility is set to return. Leesy made a heck of a play to get the puck over to me.”

The sixth-seeded Islanders lower the second-seeded Lightning sequence result in Three-2, with Sport 6 scheduled for Thursday evening. The winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Ultimate and face West champion Dallas, which eradicated Vegas in 5 video games on Monday evening.

Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock additionally scored and Semyon Varlamov capped a 36-save day out by means of skating the duration of the ice and creating a head-first dive into the pile of avid gamers mobbing Eberle.

“I don’t know. I simply jumped as a result of I used to be so excited for us,” Varlamov stated of his birthday party. “After we scored that objective, it was once simply numerous feelings going thru in that second. I used to be simply glad for the blokes, so glad for us. We now have a possibility to proceed to play.”

Aid had one thing to do with it, too, in a recreation the Islanders had been restricted to 24 photographs, and not more than six in a duration. They usually weathered killing off a four-minute double-minor for high-sticking known as in opposition to Anthony Beauvillier with 1:23 left in legislation.


The objective got here off the Lightning profitable a faceoff to the left of the Islanders web. The puck was once drawn again to Shattenkirk, who fanned at the shot. It dribbled to Lee, who banked the puck off the sideboards to get round Shattenkirk.

“It took the celebs aligning on a fanned shot for them to get the ruin they were given,” Tampa Bay trainer Jon Cooper stated. “We had alternatives to place the sport away.“

Victor Hedman scored for the Lightning, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 22 photographs.

The Lightning had been minus co-leading playoff scorer Brayden Level, who had a objective and help in a Four-1 win in Sport Four after lacking a Five-Three loss in Sport Three with an undisclosed damage. Tampa Bay’s different co-leader, Nikita Kucherov, was once shaken up 8 mins into the second one duration Tuesday, however returned and had a number of scoring probabilities within the 3rd duration and extra time.

Cooper known as it “onerous to inform at this time” as as to if Level will have the ability to play Thursday.

Something Hedman was once certain of, is understanding the Lightning will soar again.

“It got here down to at least one play. It’s tricky for us clearly, however that is hockey,” Hedman stated. “It’s the way you reply to this that’s going to outline you as a group. I’m now not apprehensive about how our workforce’s going to reply to this.”

The Islanders opened the scoring 15:41 in on Pulock’s power-play objective, simply their moment in 15 alternatives this sequence.

The Lightning replied with Hedman tying the sport Four mins into the second one duration.


Tampa Bay’s Carter Verhaeghe had a objective overturned 10:01 into the second one duration, when the Islanders challenged the play for being offside. Replays confirmed Tampa Bay’s Cedric Paquette obviously entered New York’s zone smartly forward of the puck.

The Lightning dropped to Four-1 in extra time video games this postseason, together with a Five-Four 5OT win over Columbus in Sport 1 in their first-round sequence.

The Islanders proceed to persevere in being the one group left that performed a best-of-five initial around sequence, and confirmed indicators of fatigue in opening the sequence in opposition to Tampa Bay with an Eight-2 loss.

New York’s offense has fizzled in managing simply 11 objectives in opposition to Tampa Bay, together with a Five-Three win in Sport Three. The Islanders had blended for 28 objectives of their earlier 8 video games.

Trainer Barry Trotz shook up his strains Tuesday, transferring Cal Clutterbuck to the Islanders’ best line along Lee and Barzal. Clutterbuck took the spot of Eberle, who opened the sport along Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Matt Martin.

“Our guys didn’t waver — they simply saved grinding,” Islanders trainer Barry Trotz stated. “We didn’t surrender and that’s a super signal for shifting ahead.”

NOTES: Isles D Johnny Boychuk returned after maintaining a head damage within the 3rd duration of a playoff-opening 2-1 win over Florida on Aug. 1. … Boychuk had an eventful first duration. He was once doubled over in ache once you have struck by means of Nikita Kucherov’s shot six mins in. Within the ultimate minute of the primary duration, Boychuk’s skate blade broke, and he had problem attending to the bench, after blocking off Hedman’s shot from the left level. … Hedman’s objective was once his 8th, probably the most by means of a defenseman within the playoffs since Brian Leetch scored 11 for the 1994 Cup-winning New York Rangers.


Sport 6 is Thursday evening at Eight p.m. EDT.

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