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Isles stay alive: Eberle seals 2-1 2OT win over Lightning

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – Islanders ahead Jordan Eberle knew precisely what to do upon seeing teammate and captain Anders Lee pounce on the free puck as soon as Tampa Bay’s Kevin Shattenkirk whiffed on his shot from the appropriate level.

Eberle raced up the center, drove to the online and transformed Lee’s go to cap a two-on-one break and preserve the Islanders’ playoff hopes alive. The objective, scored 12:30 into the second time beyond regulation, sealed a 2-1 win over the Lightning in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference closing sequence Tuesday evening.

“Things happen quick out there. You’ve got to react. You see the fanned shot. You see Leesy poke it by,” stated Eberle, who scored his second winner of the postseason. “You’ve played this game a long time, you know when you have odd-man rushes and an opportunity is about to come. Leesy made a heck of a play to get the puck over to me.”

The sixth-seeded Islanders reduce the second-seeded Lightning sequence result in 3-2, with Game 6 scheduled for Thursday evening. The winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Final and face West champion Dallas, which eradicated Vegas in 5 video games on Monday evening.

Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock additionally scored and Semyon Varlamov capped a 36-save outing by skating the size of the ice and making a head-first dive into the pile of gamers mobbing Eberle.

“I don’t know. I just jumped because I was so excited for us,” Varlamov stated of his celebration. “When we scored that goal, it was just a lot of emotions going through in that moment. I was just happy for the guys, so happy for us. We have a chance to continue to play.”

Relief had one thing to do with it, too, in a recreation the Islanders had been restricted to 24 pictures, and not more than six in a interval. And they weathered killing off a four-minute double-minor for high-sticking known as in opposition to Anthony Beauvillier with 1:23 left in regulation.

The objective got here off the Lightning profitable a faceoff to the left of the Islanders internet. The puck was drawn again to Shattenkirk, who fanned on the shot. It dribbled to Lee, who banked the puck off the sideboards to get round Shattenkirk.

“It took the stars aligning on a fanned shot for them to get the break they got,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper stated. “We had alternatives to place the sport away.“

Victor Hedman scored for the Lightning, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 22 pictures.

The Lightning had been minus co-leading playoff scorer Brayden Point, who had a objective and help in a 4-1 win in Game 4 after lacking a 5-3 loss in Game 3 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.

Cooper known as it “hard to tell right now” as as to if Point will be capable to play Thursday.

One factor Hedman was positive of, is realizing the Lightning will bounce again.

“It came down to one play. It’s tough for us obviously, but this is hockey,” Hedman stated. “It’s how you respond to this that’s going to define you as a team. I’m not worried about how our group’s going to respond to this.”

The Islanders opened the scoring 15:41 in on Pulock’s power-play objective, simply their second in 15 alternatives this sequence.

The Lightning responded with Hedman tying the sport 4 minutes into the second interval.

Tampa Bay’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 effectively forward of the puck.

The Lightning dropped to 4-1 in time beyond regulation video games this postseason, together with a 5-4 5OT win over Columbus in Game 1 of their first-round sequence.

The Islanders proceed to persevere in being the one group left that performed a best-of-five preliminary spherical sequence, and confirmed indicators of fatigue in opening the sequence in opposition to Tampa Bay with an 8-2 loss.

New York’s offense has fizzled in managing simply 11 targets in opposition to Tampa Bay, together with a 5-3 win in Game 3. The Islanders had mixed for 28 targets of their earlier eight video games.

Coach Barry Trotz shook 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.

“Our guys didn’t waver – they just kept grinding,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz stated. “We didn’t give up and that’s a great sign for moving forward.”

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. In 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.


Game 6 is Thursday evening at 8 p.m. EDT.


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