EDMONTON, Alberta (CBSNewYork/AP) — Jordan Eberle scored on a two-on-one break 12:30 into the second time beyond regulation and the New York Islanders prevented elimination with a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Recreation 5 of the Japanese Convention ultimate on Tuesday night time.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 36 pictures and Ryan Pulock additionally scored for the Islanders, who minimize the Lightning collection result in 3-2.
Recreation 6 is on Thursday night time.
Victor Hedman scored for the Lightning, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 22 pictures.
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The decisive objective got here after the Lightning received a faceoff within the Islanders’ zone. The puck was drawn again to defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who fanned on a shot on the proper level. Islanders captain Anders Lee raced up the wing to chase down a free puck. Gaining the Lightning zone, he fed a move throughout to Eberle, who scored driving up the appropriate wing.
Varlamov celebrated the objective by skating up the ice after which diving, head-first, and sliding into the mob of Islanders gamers surrounding Eberle.
The Lightning have been minus co-leading playoff scorer Brayden Level, who had a objective and help in a 4-1 win in Recreation Four after lacking a 5-Three loss in Recreation Three with an undisclosed harm. Tampa Bay’s different co-leader, Nikita Kucherov, was shaken up eight minutes into the second interval Tuesday, however returned and had a number of scoring probabilities within the third interval and time beyond regulation.
The Islanders opened the scoring 15:41 in on Pulock’s power-play objective, simply their second in 15 alternatives this collection. With Mathew Barzal getting into the Lightning zone, the Isles labored the puck to Pulock, who blasted a shot from simply above the left circle that beat Vasilevskiy on the quick facet, with Lee screening the goalie.
The Lightning responded with Hedman tying the sport Four minutes into the second interval.
Defenseman Luke Schenn caught the Islanders on a line altering in feeding an extended move to Blake Coleman, who drove up the appropriate wing and had his shot stopped. The rebound off Varlamov’s proper pad caromed to Hedman, who wristed a shot contained in the left put up.
The Lightning’s Carter Verhaeghe had a objective overturned 10:01 into the second interval, when the Islanders challenged the play for being offside. Replays confirmed Tampa Bay’s Cedric Paquette clearly entered New York’s zone properly forward of the puck.
The Lightning squandered a possibility in failing to attain whereas getting three pictures on web throughout a four-minute energy play spanning the tip of the third interval and time beyond regulation. New York’s Anthony Beauvillier was issued a double-minor for high-sticking for bloodying defenseman Mikhail Sergachev’s lip whereas making an attempt to test him from behind with 1:23 remaining.
Kucherov had the very best probability with a one-timer by way of a crowd from the appropriate circle, solely to be stopped by Varlamov, who kicked out his proper pad.
Vailevskiy got here up huge on the different finish six minutes into time beyond regulation by reaching out together with his left pad and glove to foil Barzal, who was arrange driving to the web.
The Lightning dropped to 4-1 in time beyond regulation video games this postseason, together with a 5-Four 5OT win over Columbus in Recreation 1 of their first-round collection.
The Islanders are the one group left that performed a best-of-five preliminary spherical collection, and in addition had the drawback of missing relaxation. They opened the convention ultimate two days after eliminating Philadelphia in Recreation 7, and utilizing their off day touring from Toronto to Edmonton, Alberta.
The shortage of preparation confirmed in New York being routed 8-2 in Recreation 1.
New York’s offense has fizzled in managing simply 9 objectives in opposition to Tampa Bay, together with a 5-Three win in Recreation 3. The Islanders had mixed for 28 objectives of their earlier eight video games.
“I believe coming into this bubble we have been fairly gassed, I’ll be straight up,” coach Barry Trotz stated, earlier than the sport. “However I believe because the collection has gone, we’ve caught up in that space.”
Trotz did shake up his strains Tuesday, shifting Cal Clutterbuck to the Islanders’ high line alongside Lee and Barzal. Clutterbuck took the spot of Eberle, who opened the sport alongside Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Matt Martin.
NOTES: Isles D Johnny Boychuk returned after sustaining a head harm within the third interval of a playoff-opening 2-1 win over Florida on Aug. 1. … Boychuk had an eventful first interval. He was doubled over in ache after getting struck by Nikita Kucherov’s shot six minutes in. Within the ultimate minute of the primary interval, Boychuk’s skate blade broke, and he had issue attending to the bench, after blocking Hedman’s shot from the left level. … Hedman’s objective was his eighth, probably the most by a defenseman within the playoffs since Brian Leetch scored 11 for the 1994 Cup-winning New York Rangers.
Recreation 6 is Thursday night time at Eight p.m. EDT.
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