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Video- Quick Recap Of Last Night’s Islanders/Lightning Game

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Can Advance To The Stanley Cup Final With A Win On Wednesday

On the other side, the New York Islanders will need a win on Wednesday at home and Friday in order to advance.

The Lightning came out with sustained pressure tonight while the islanders did not have their best game.

Final score Tampa Bay Lighting 8, the New York Islanders 0.

added 11:30pm, Highlights are below.

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Islanders/Lightning Too Close To Call

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Tampa has had slightly more shot attempts (176-164) while the Islanders have enjoyed better quality looks (8.95-6.99 expected goals), according to naturalstattrick.com, but even that gap narrows when you factor in special teams play.

The tight nature of the series raises the stakes on Game 5 at Amalie Arena on Monday night because the winner will be guaranteed two cracks at booking a trip to the Stanley Cup Final. That leaves a small safety net for something to go against you — be it a bounce, referee’s call or a goaltender’s performance.

“It’s a crucial game, there’s no denying that,” said Lightning captain Steven Stamkos.

As battle-tested as his team is, they’re also shouldering more of the pressure in this situation. Not only is Tampa favoured in the series, but it’s also had some inconsistent stretches like the second period of Game 4, when the Islanders scored three times.

“We were tight or comfortable, I don’t know what it was,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “I know we can take another step in our game. At this point the players know each other, we’ve played each other enough, we’ve played enough hockey, but our execution can be better and I know we can take another step as a team.”

That’s become a hallmark of theirs while winning six straight playoff series over the last two years. They haven’t lost consecutive games during that stretch — immediately following 10 losses with a win.

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Video- Recap Of Last Night’s Islanders/Lightning Game

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Tampa Bay Lightning/New York Islanders - Still To Be Determined

from John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times,

Sometimes, memories take a while to find a place in your heart.

They might start off bitter and, against all odds, are eventually recalled fondly. Or they could start ominously, and slowly grow even worse.

To tell you the truth, Game 4 could go either way.

You’ve got to admit, it was a glorious affair. Twenty-five minutes of on-the-edge action, 15 minutes of misery, and then 19:58 seconds of absolute hair-raising, super-charged suspense that ended with an empty net and a last-second block for the ages.

Yes, the Lightning lost to the Islanders 3-2 to even the series after four games and there is no joy in that for a Tampa Bay fan. But the story does not end here, and neither will the memories. Games 5, 6, and possibly 7, are still to come.

And, because of that, Ryan McDonagh’s final spinning shot will either be recalled as an indelible moment on the way to further glory, or the beginning of the end for the 2021 Tampa Bay Lightning.

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

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Video- Quick Review Of The 2-1 Tampa Bay Lightning Win Last Night

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Can Win In Any Way

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

They have scoring champions, all-stars and a player with goals in eight of his last nine games.

And yet the reason the Tampa Bay Lightning are most bullish on their chances at a second straight Stanley Cup is the dwindling number under their “goals against” column.

On Thursday the Lightning kept their cool inside the hothouse at Nassau Coliseum, drawing the line between passive and pursuing with a clinical 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders to establish a 2-1 lead in their semifinal series.

This should be required viewing for every upstart organization with designs on breaking through. The Lightning have been beating teams with their skill for years and more recently added the guile necessary to consistently survive tight games like this one on Long Island.

“This group knows to flip that switch when the time comes,” said captain Steven Stamkos. “I think we’ve proved that in the past, we’ve proved it again here in the playoffs. It’s a battle each and every night.

“The further you go, the tougher the task is and we knew they were going to push. They had a good push.”

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Take A 2-1 Series Lead Over The New York Islanders

The Lightning beat the Islanders 2-1 tonight and now lead the series 2-1.

A preety evenly played game, this series has seven games written all over it.

Game winning goal is below.

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Video- Quick Recap Of The Lightning/Islanders Game Last Night

via the YouTube page of Sportsnet,

All the best sights and sounds from game 2 of Islanders vs. Lightning in today's Morning Glory, where a missed too many men on the ice penalty right before a Tampa goal has Barry Trotz very unhappy, and Point and Kucherov were just too much, as the series is now even at 1.

 

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The Nikita Kucherov Show

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

This was Nikita Kucherov’s 13th game of the entire season.

Roughly a month’s worth of action coming off no training camp, no exhibition play and not much of anything besides tedious rehabilitation from the time he had a labral tear in his right hip surgically repaired on Dec. 29 until the start of these Stanley Cup Playoffs.

And yet here in a hotly-contested, high-stakes game the Tampa Bay Lightning absolutely needed to win, there wasn’t much debate about why they did.

“Some unreal plays by No. 86,” remarked Victor Hedman of Kucherov’s three-assist performance in Tuesday’s 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders.

Put aside for a moment the discussion about the salary cap maneuvering that accompanied Kucherov’s injury — we’ll get to that below — and consider the human achievement we’re witnessing here.

Kucherov is lapping the field with 22 points in these playoffs and it’s still the early stages of the third round. That’s traditionally been a respectable total for an entire spring — Ryan O’Reilly won the Conn Smythe Trophy two years ago after scoring 23 points for the St. Louis Blues — and never before has the leading scorer in the post-season missed the entire regular season directly preceding it.

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