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The New York Islanders Prove They Can Play With The Tampa Bay Lightning

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

For the NHL’s ultimate underdogs, this was a moment worth savouring.

In their first look at the Tampa Bay Lighting since last year’s Eastern Conference Final, the New York Islanders landed a solid counter-punch by bottling up the defending champs with a 2-1 victory to open this third-round rematch.

Mathew Barzal and Ryan Pulock scored the only goals Semyon Varlamov needed to secure the Islanders a win nine months in the making. That’s how long they’ve had to stew on a six-game defeat at the hands of Tampa inside the Edmonton bubble last fall.

“Both teams were familiar [with each other] and both teams went at it,” said Islanders coach Barry Trotz.

“They’re the standard of the league, I would say,” added Barzal.

And yet New York was full value for its win at Amalie Arena, keeping the Lightning’s most dangerous shooters at a safe distance. Brayden Point broke Varlamov’s shutout bid in the final minute, but he, Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos were held to just four total shots in the game.


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SYF's avatar

For the NHL’s ultimate underdogs…

Oy vey.  The Habs want a word with you, Mark.  NOT ONE prognosticator - amateur or pro - picked the Habs to go as far as they did.  Everyone knew Trotz was something special, but I guarantee you no one had heard of Dominic Ducharme before these playoffs (except for the Canadian sports MSM) and he has them playing like world-beaters.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/14/21 at 01:40 PM ET

SYF's avatar

*Mark = Chris

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/14/21 at 02:20 PM ET

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