EDMONTON (WFLA) –
7:30 | Jordan Eberle scores the game winner for the Islanders sneaking one past Vasilevskiy on a 2-on-1, to win it 2-1.
8:37 | A stoppage for ice maintenance, the Lightning already have 8 shots in the second overtime.
14:19 | Pelech gets a chance as a scramble in front of the net leads to a Vasilevskiy toe save.
16:15 | A shot by Palat gives Kucherov a chance at the side of the net but the Lightning don’t score!
1:00 | Final minute here in the first overtime period
9:06 | A quick stoppage to clean up the ice as both teams have had multiple chances to score this period.
14:12 | Point blank save from Vasilevskiy on Barzal. That’s his biggest stop of OT so far.
15:20 |Vasilevskiy keeps the Lightning alive as the Islanders bear down offensively.
19:30 | Sergachev gets a pass to Kucherov and Varlamov makes the tough save. Lightning with just a little over one minute on the power play.
0:00 | The Lightning head to overtime in Game 5, the Bolts are 5-0 in overtime games this postseason and will have 2:37 of power play time left to start off the period.
The Lightning would become the first team to clinch all three series in overtime en route to the Stanley Cup Final
1:23 | Sergachev gets hit with a high stick by Anthony Beauvillier and the Lightning will get a 4 minute power play
3:13 | A turnover leads to a pass by Kucherov and a shot by Palat but Pulock with a block sends the puck into the air for yet another faceoff.
7:38 | Andrei Vasilevskiy makes a remarkable save on a re-direction and the Lightning keep it at one after multiple chances by the Islanders.
11:49 | Tyler Johnson fires a shot in the middle of the ice alone but Varlamov makes another big save. The Lightning now have 19 shots on goal in the game.
16:00 | Kucherov fires a one-timer from the slot but Varlamov fights it off. Lightning have four shots to kick off the period.
17:16 | Lightning kill off the power play and the Islanders get zero shots on the man advantage.
19:16 | Blake Coleman heads to the penalty box on an interference call. Islanders get their third power play opportunity of the night.
20:00 | The third period is underway all tied at 1
1:30 | Bogosian takes a shot but it rings loudly off the post.
3:12 | Lightning back to full strength
4:25 | Lightning get a 3 on 2 scoring chance on the Islanders power play but Varlamov makes a nice save on Blake Coleman’s shot
5:40 | Cedric Paquette gets called for a penalty however the Lightning can’t get control of the puck as the Islanders get multiple chances
7:32 | Zach Bogosian with an excellent defensive play breaks up a 2 on 1 and keeps the score tied.
9:00 | Never fear Bolts fans Nikita Kucherov is back on the ice
10:06 | A nice play by Cedric Paquette leads to a goal by Carter Verhaeghe but the Islanders win an offsides challenge keeping the score at 1.
Nikita Kucherov skates slowly to the bench after
16:00 | The always clutch Victor Hedman scores and we have a tie game
20:00 | The second period is underway as the Lightning trail 1-0 here in Game 5
4:19 | Ryan Pulock scores on the Power Play and the Lightning are down 1-0 early in Game 5.
5:51 | The Islanders will try to find the back of the net on their first power play of the game. Kucherov is in the penalty box.
10:00 | Bolts with an 8-2 shot advantage at the midway point of the first period.
12:59 | Lightning get multiple opportunities on the but they can’t break through.
14:59 -The Lightning get their first power play of the game with just under 15 minutes remaining in the first period. Anders Lee, the captain of the Islanders, goes to the penalty box for slashing.
PREGAME: No Brayden Point for the Lightning in Game 5 as the team is trying to “manage” the injury according to Head Coach Jon Cooper.
The last time the Tampa Bay Lightning reached the Stanley Cup Final, Andrei Vasilevskiy was a rookie goalie who played when starter Ben Bishop was injured, the “Triplets” line of Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov led the offense and defenseman Victor Hedman was the most dominant player on the ice many nights.
Five years later, they’re on the verge of eliminating the New York Islanders and returning to the final due in large part due to the core holdovers from that run and their new top center Brayden Point.
Even without injured captain Steven Stamkos, who is skating occasionally but doesn’t appear close to returning, Tampa Bay leads the Eastern Conference final 3-1.
If the Lightning advance to the Stanley Cup Final they will play the Dallas Stars who defeated the Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference Final on Monday night. The Stars are coached by former Lightning associate coach Rick Bowness and they also have the former starting goalie for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Ben Bishop, on the roster.