The Tampa Bay Lightning had another chance to put away the Islanders last night; after the Islanders pulled off the 2-1 double OT win in Game 5. The Islanders scored first on a goal by Devon Toews at 4:15 of the 1st period before. Viktor Hedman tied it up just over 2 minutes later. The Lightning came on strong the entire game outshooting the Islanders 42-21 after 60 minutes. Yet somehow, this game remained tied up at one to force over time for the second game in a row. The Lightning started the overtime on the power play after a late high stick that drew blood at 19:37 in the 3rd. In overtime, both teams battled and the Lightning got caught with too many men on the ice at 8:49 but would kill the penalty. Vasilevskiy made a crucial breakaway save on that penalty as Brock Nelson skated in alone on a clean break.
Queue The Celly
At 13:18, Anthony Cirelli snuck a quick shot in close past Varlamov. It took a moment to confirm the goal as the puck hit the far post, rolled right across the goal line and banked in off the left skate of Varlamov resulting in the game winner and series ender!
Highlight of the Night
The over time hero, Anthony Cirelli gets the honors tonight with the game winner in over time.
Oh Captain, My Captain
Unlike the Dallas Stars, who chose to not touch the Clarence Campbell Bowl, the Lightning didn’t seem to care. Viktor Hedman placed his hand on the trophy as he posed with his teammates. Lightning fans were surely thrilled to see their Captain, Steven Stamkos, join the team on the ice. He looked playoff-ready, sporting a well-grown beard as if he hadn’t missed a beat. Will we get to see Stamkos in the finals?
Between The Pipes | Episode 8: Stanley Cup Finals Edition
As another Friday rolls around, we have a Stanley Cup Finals preview show Friday night on Between The Pipes at 7:30pm ET. We’ll discuss the Stars and the Lightning as the two prepare for the opening matchup to the Finals on Saturday night. This is going to be one hell of a series, so buckle up hockey fans!
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