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Open Post- Day 34 Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

The New York Islanders need a win to even the series at 2-2, but they need to find some offense to do so.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have shown they can handle anything the opposition brings, so a tough task ahead for the Islanders.

Below find some pre-game reading.


via the NHL PR department,

Series Scenarios

* The Lightning own a record of 19-11 (.633) in Game 4 of best-of-seven series, while the Islanders are 28-20 (.583). Both teams are 2-0 in Game 4s this postseason.
 

* The Islanders own a 9-10 record in Game 4 when trailing 2-1 in a best-of-seven series, including wins this year against the Penguins (First Round) and Bruins (Second Round).
 

* The Lightning own an 11-5 record in Game 4 when leading 2-1 in a best-of-seven series, including victories in each of their past 10 such contests dating to the 2016 First Round against the Red Wings. Tampa Bay has held a 3-1 series lead in each of its three previous playoff matchups against New York, advancing each time (2004 CQF2016 R2 and 2020 CF).
 

* Teams that take a 3-1 lead in a best-of-seven hold an all-time series record of 295-30 (.908), including a 4-1 mark (.800) in 2021.  
 
* Teams that take a 3-1 lead in a best-of-seven series in the Conference Finals/Semifinals own an all-time series record of 69-1 (.986).


* When a best-of-seven series is tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 holds an all-time record of 217-58 (.789); that record changes to 47-15 (.758) when considering series in the Conference Finals/Semifinals.

* When leading 2-1 in a best-of-seven, Tampa Bay holds an all-time series record of 13-3 (.813); they are 12-0 (1.000) when leading 3-1. When tied 2-2, the Lightning have an all-time series record of 5-6 (.455).


* When trailing 2-1 in a best-of-seven, New York holds an all-time series record 6-13 (.316); they are 7-6 (.538) when tied 2-2. The Islanders have a series record of 2-13 (.133) when trailing 3-1 in a best-of-seven.
 

Pre-game

Brayden Point (6-2—8 in 6 GP) enters Game 4 with a chance to become the ninth different player in NHL history – and first since 1997 (Claude Lemieux: 7 GP w/ COL) – to post a seven-game goal streak in a playoff yearMario Lemieux (2x) is the only player with multiple playoff goal streaks of seven or more games.
 

Brayden Point (25 G in 37 GP) is the 11th different player in NHL history to score 25+ goals over a span of two consecutive postseasons (there have been 17 total instances). The last player before Point to do so was Johan Franzen from 2008 to 2009. The most goals over the course of two straight postseasons is 34, achieved by Mike Bossy with the Islanders from both 1981-82 and 1982-83.
 

* The trio of Nikita Kucherov (12-45—57 in 39 GP), Brayden Point (25-23—48 in 37 GP) and Victor Hedman (11-25—36 in 39 GP) – who teamed up for the winning goal in Game 3 – have combined for 141 points since the start of the 2020 postseason (48-93—141). Kucherov already is one of 13 players in League history with 57+ points over two consecutive postseasons; there are only 10 instances in Stanley Cup Playoffs history of a player accumulating 60+ points over such a span.


Andrei Vasilevskiy has started 66 consecutive postseason games for the Lightning dating to Game 2 of the 2016 Eastern Conference Final, including being the only Lightning goaltender to appear in the playoffs since 2019 (43 GP).
 

* In the NHL's expansion era (since 1967-68), only two clubs have made consecutive Stanley Cup Final appearances with only one goaltender playing each of their postseason games: the Devils from 2000 to 2001 with Martin Brodeur and the Canadiens from 1976 to 1978 with Ken Dryden.

* After going without a goal in each of his first eight games to begin the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Islanders forward Mathew Barzal has found the back of the net five times in his last seven contests dating to June 3. The only player with more goals over that span is Lightning forward Brayden Point (6).

Semyon Varlamov owns a 16-12 record through his first 30 career postseason games with the Islanders franchise. Should he backstop the club to victory in Game 4 against the Lightning, Varlamov would move into a tie with Glenn Resch (17-17) for second place on the franchise’s all-time postseason wins list among goaltenders. Billy Smith paces the list with 88 career playoff victories for the franchise.

* The Islanders have recorded six comeback wins during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs – tied with the Golden Knights for the most among all teams. Only three postseasons in franchise history have featured the club register seven or more victories in come-from-behind fashion: 1980 (9), 1993 (7) and 1977 (7).

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bigfrog's avatar

A must win for N.Y. confused

Posted by bigfrog on 06/19/21 at 08:19 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Leo Komarov on a SH breakaway…reminds me of Darren Helm on a breakaway… shut eye

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/19/21 at 08:40 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Good to see the level of officiating tonite is up to the usual NHL standards.. sick

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/19/21 at 09:19 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

Bailey with a high shot to the short side corner one nothing Islanders

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 06/19/21 at 09:23 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Clearly should’ve been 2 minutes for Stamkos. As long as the non-calls go both ways….which they always do.. confused

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/19/21 at 09:31 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

Pretty blatant crosscheck from behind by Stamcos and no call.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 06/19/21 at 09:32 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Great work by the NBC technical crew not showing the penalties post goal score… absolutely awful production.. sick

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/19/21 at 09:40 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

Barzal scores on an open net off a rebound gift laying there. Almost in the crease.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 06/19/21 at 09:43 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

Islanders just used one of Tampa’s PP setups/moves against them for a great scoring chance.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 06/19/21 at 09:46 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

It’s a good goal!!!

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/19/21 at 09:50 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

Islanders 3 Tampa 0

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 06/19/21 at 09:55 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

It’s good. NBC numbskulls giving an opinion before all the camera views seen. Very poor broadcasting.
Gooooo Islanders.

Posted by cigar_nurse from On LTIR for the Greenville Pylons on 06/19/21 at 09:58 PM ET

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grateful for the mute button because gary galley likes to hear himself talk, and talk - and people complain about pierre mcguire?

Posted by rickytarr on 06/19/21 at 10:13 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Now 3-2. Fortunately I am watching CBC. confused

Posted by bigfrog on 06/19/21 at 10:23 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Wow!! Helluva save by pullack… cheese

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/19/21 at 10:52 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

3-2 Final. A 3 game series now. smile

Posted by bigfrog on 06/19/21 at 10:52 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Best of 3 now. What a save by the d man.

Posted by cigar_nurse from On LTIR for the Greenville Pylons on 06/19/21 at 10:54 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

That last sec save by Poluck is a definite highlight real save by a dman.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 06/19/21 at 10:55 PM ET

Kaszycki and his Krew's avatar

OMG - just back from the Coliseum.  It was a lively crowd tonight.  I think you saw the artcle about the ticket distribution from larry brooks—- and tonight - I had seats in a section where I do not sit.  I became BFF"s with all those in my row by the time the game was over.  The crowd was in a singing mode - besides the Anthem and the “Josh Bailey” song - we sang “Enter Sandman” and some other song I did not know - being the old guy in the section. 

We had some local celebrities in the crowd like Ralph Maccio, Christie Brinkley, Susan Lucci, and former Isles Clark Gillies, Trevor Gillies, Bryan McCabe, Nikoli Kumelin, John Tonelli, Ed Westfall and Shawn Bates egging the team on.  IT was so much fun to be there tonight!

But I was writing about that last play.  Ryan McDonough.  Game on his stick.  Ex-Ranger$ captain.  Tell you what….In 2004, 2016 and 2020 - Tampa scores.  In 2021????

could it be our year?

I was in section 238 - and we had a clear look at the play from the goal line on the other side of the ice. 
With 10 seconds left we were hooting and hollering - with 3 seconds left - we all had cardiac arrest and when the horn went off, we were jubliant - because we could not process how it did not go in the net….

I mean, it would have been crushing - because like I said before in 2021—- Tampa scores in OT if Pulock did not make that save.

WOW is all I can say.  And FULL MARKS to McDonagh.  He has been an Isles killer for MANY MANY years.  Simply a GREAT play.  Varlie turned into DiPietro on that play - no idea what the hell he was doing and FULL MARKS to Pulock for saving the season.

I know you Detroit fans can relate due to the success the Wings have had in the past 25 years.  But this is a first time for a generation of fans who have watched 35 years (sans 1993 and 2020) of crap hockey to see this. 

WOW!!

Now looking forward to the Knights/Habs game - I get the feeling that one will not disappoint either!

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 06/20/21 at 12:23 AM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

OMG - just back from the Coliseum. 

Congrats on the isles victory tonight.

I’ve been a Wings fan for nearly 50 years and I was lucky enough to attend 2 Stanley Cup Finals games in 2002. I remember so many things from that night. Igor Larionov scoring in the 3rd OT is a event I will never forget. Hopefully your team can make it to the Finals and you get to attend…enjoy!!

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/20/21 at 01:42 AM ET

Kaszycki and his Krew's avatar

I’ve been a Wings fan for nearly 50 years and I was lucky enough to attend 2 Stanley Cup Finals games in 2002. I remember so many things from that night. Igor Larionov scoring in the 3rd OT is a event I will never forget. Hopefully your team can make it to the Finals and you get to attend…enjoy!!

Thanks Dan!

I was in the house for the 1983 Cup clinching games and for the 1982 finals Games 1 and 2….but the kids - I have forced them to go to hundreds of games with me when the team was the dregs, and now - GOD WILLING - they can hear about their own generation of champions and not have to see the old days clips 24/7

Just have faith in Steve Y.  What he did for Tampa - he is doing for Detroit, just have patience.

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 06/20/21 at 08:27 AM ET

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