Kucherov's Goal in the Final Seconds Puts the Lightning up 2-0

Ruben Hill
September 14, 2020

Who: Tampa Bay Lightning vs.

We have game three of the best of seven, Eastern Conference Final to consider when the Tampa Bay Lightning meet the New York Islanders.

Leading scorer Brayden Point was injured late in the first period, and Tampa Bay also was without Alex Killorn much of the game after he was ejected for a hit from behind.

Scoring early on with another goal from Matt Martin, the Islanders had the opportunity to implement their game - or reduce the competition - for the first time in the series, and they did what they could do drag the Lightning into the mud in an effort to counter the clear talent discrepancy between the two teams. Nikita Kucherov scored a goal in the final 10 seconds giving the Lightning the 2-0 lead in the series. Ryan Reaves' absence in Game 1 of the Western Conference final was seen as a big blow to Vegas because of the emotion and momentum he and linemates Tomas Nosek and William Carrier create with their physical play. The Lightning, missing a few key players, found a way to win a tight one against a great opponent. NY has converted on 17.3% of power-play opportunities, scoring 29 power-play goals. NY has not given up more than two goals in any of its wins so far this postseason and has scored at least four goals in seven of the 11 wins. Tampa Bay killed all four of the Islanders' power-play chances and has an 81.1 percent penalty kill rate during the playoffs. Varlamov stopped 19 of 21 Lighting shots on goal and has posted a playoff record of 9-5 with a 2.21 GAA with a 91 percent save percentage including two shutouts since the restart. He meshes that scoring ability with a physical presence and under-your-skin attitude, making him an effective weapon for the Lightning in tight-checking series.

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