RECAP: Tampa Bay Lightning take 2-1 series lead against Islanders


Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jan Rutta (44) celebrates with defenseman Victor Hedman (77) after Rutta scored against the New York Islanders during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

TAMPA (WFLA/AP) – TAMPA (WFLA) – The Tampa Bay Lightning took the series lead following a Game 3 victory over the Islanders.

>> Full recap <<

This is an archived live blog of Thursday’s night’s game:

THIRD PERIOD: 2-1 Tampa Bay Lightning

5:49 – Vasilevskiy stops the Islanders with another amazing save

8:40 – Blake Coleman and Matt Martin are involved in a scuffle

SECOND PERIOD: 2-1 Tampa Bay Lightning

:18 – Brayden Point finds the net as he falls to the ice and it’s 2-1 Lightning

2:22 – the Lightning have their first power play of the game

2:59 – the Islanders tie the game after Erik Cernak tries to push the puck into Vasilevskiy as Cal Clutterbuck ties the game


5:32 – Mikhail Sergachev goes to the box for roughing so the Islanders have the first power play of the game

6:13 – Andrei Vasilevskiy is “standing on his head” to prevent the Islanders from scoring

10:00 – this game is 50% complete and the penalty box has not been visited by either team

FIRST PERIOD: 1-0 Tampa Bay Lightning

9:55 – Yanni Gourde puts the Lightning on the scoreboard with a goal from an insane angle making it 1-0 Tampa Bay Lightning

18:32 – I am already seeing pushing and shoving between the two teams. Jan Rutta and Anthony Beauvillier are definitely not grabbing breakfast together tomorrow.

PREGAME: The New York Islanders host the Tampa Bay Lightning in game three of the third round of the NHL Playoffs with the series tied 1-1. The teams meet Thursday for the third time this season. The Lightning won the last meeting 4-2.

The Islanders are 21-4-3 at home. New York averages just 2.7 penalties per game, the fewest in the league. Ross Johnston leads the team averaging 0.7.

The Lightning are 15-10-3 in road games. Tampa Bay is 10th in the NHL averaging 5.3 assists per game, led by Victor Hedman with 0.7.

TOP PERFORMERS: Mathew Barzal has 45 total points for the Islanders, 17 goals and 28 assists. Brock Nelson has six goals and two assists over the last 10 games for New York.

Brayden Point leads the Lightning with 48 points, scoring 23 goals and collecting 25 assists. Alex Killorn has five goals and five assists over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.

DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Islanders: Averaging 3.4 goals, 5.1 assists, 3.8 penalties and 8.8 penalty minutes while giving up 2.7 goals per game with a .926 save percentage.

Lightning: Averaging 3.3 goals, 5.9 assists, 5.2 penalties and 12.4 penalty minutes while giving up 2.3 goals per game with a .931 save percentage.

INJURIES: Islanders: Ross Johnston: out (undisclosed), Semyon Varlamov: day to day (upper body), Oliver Wahlstrom: out (lower body).

Lightning: None listed.

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