Game Blog: Lightning fall to Islanders 5-3 in Game 3


Tampa Bay Lightning’s Mikhail Sergachev (98) and Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrate a goal against the New York Islanders during the third period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

TAMPA (AP/WFLA) – Final: Islanders 5, Lightning 3. Tampa Bay leads the series 2-1.

35 seconds: Islanders score on the empty net as Jean-Gabriel Pageau makes 5-3

57 seconds: Lightning use a timeout to try and set up a play to tie the game late

1:41: Six attackers on as the Lightning attempt to tie the game

3:25: Brock Nelson scores and the Islanders re-take the lead

7:55: Johnson finds the open net on a tip in and after a long review we have a whole new game tied at 3!

12:32 | Bolts back to full strength

14:32: Islanders head to the power play as McDonagh gets called for hooking

17:28: Ondrej Palat scores on the power play and the Lightning are still alive with just over 17 minutes to go in the third period.

The Lightning have 20 minutes to get back into this game.


4:20: Lightning fighting back as Varlamov with nice back-to-back saves on Cirelli and Sergachev.

6:10: The Islanders score again to make it 3-1 after a goal by Brock Nelson.

8:10: Adam Pelech takes a give-and-go feed from J.G. Pageau and beats Vasilevskiy.A scrap following the goal between Lee and Paquette breaks out putting both teams at 4 on 4 for 2 minutes.

10:44 – Lightning will be shorthanded for the first time tonight as Stephens gets called for slashing.

The second period is underway here’s look back at the first period’s numbers.


0:00: At the end of the first period the Lightning and the Islanders are all tied at one.

3:29: A excellent play by Yanni Gourde leads to a goal by Mikhail Sergachev with just under 3:30 in the first period.

7:02: Clutterbuck gathers a rebound and scores on Vasilevskiy to open the scoring. Looked like there was some confusion with Vasilevskiy’s equipment but the refs allowed play to continue.

18:00 A multitude of chances but the Lightning don’t capitalize just moments into the game

Pregame: The Tampa Bay Lightning will be without one of their biggest stars in Brayden Point in Game 3.

Point suffered an injury that caused him to miss the entire third period of Game 2.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will be minus Alex Killorn and could also be missing leading playoff scorer Brayden Point for Game 3 of their Eastern Conference final series against the New York Islanders on Friday at 8 p.m.

The NHL suspended Killorn for one game for his blindside hit on Brock Nelson in Game 2 on Wednsday. And coach Jon Cooper was unable to provide an update on Point’s status after he did not return early in the second period of Tampa Bay’s 2-1 win.

The Lightning lead the series 2-0.

The Islanders responded from an 8-2 series-opening loss, but were left stunned in allowing Nikita Kucherov to score the decisive goal with 8.8 seconds left in regulation.

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