Tampa-Lightning is the defending champion of the Stanley Cup. But on Sunday afternoon, the Islanders were a better team.
Isles dominated 5-5 play, and Semillon Barramov defeated Vesina Trophy finalist Andreiva Silevsky on his way to a 2-1 victory in Game 1 of the NHL semifinals. .. 2-1 at Amalie Arena.
Balamov made 30 saves, but Lightning turned off Vasilevsky (29 saves) and skated 6-4 for additional skaters, closing the fifth career playoff with Braden Point’s power play goals. Was rejected.
Game 2 is Tuesday night and the series will return to the Nassau Coliseum for Game 3 on Thursday night.
The islanders killed Lightning’s only power play-The Lightning Man’s advantage entered Game 1 connecting with the NHL in just one shot after Kyle Palmieri’s attack zone interference at 19:23 in the second period. Was-up to 41.7%-.
And defensive Ryan Prock gave the Islanders a 2-0 lead at 5:36 in the third period, and Basilevsky looked good, so from the right point, which might have been the only mistake in the game. I shot a hard shot.
The islanders began to create opportunities by forcing a turnover in the second phase. Josh Bailey lifted the backhander from the crossbar at 2:31 after stealing the puck and making a crease. Anthony Bovilier took the puck from Braden Point and Vasilevsky stopped the backhander at 5:56.
Finally, Bailey bounced Matthew Balzal from Stephen Stamkos’ misplay in the neutral zone, and Balzal creases and defeats Vasilevsky through the pad, leading 1-0 to the Islanders at 12:32. Was given.
Both goalkeepers showed early on that goals are likely to be premium in this series.
Vasilevskiy stopped Jean-Gabriel Pageau on the left post and then Palmieri on the right post at 9:21 in the first period, as part of 14 saves during the period. Bharamov stopped the first shot of 11 times, including piercing the inside of Alex Killone’s slap shot from the slot at 16:44. Lightning improved with a 7-1 shot early in the first period after overtaking the Islanders 3-0 in the Islanders’ first power play. Kiron also hit the mask Baramov with a short-handed backhander at 18:27 in the second period.
Matt Martin captured defensive David Subard in a heavy check eight seconds into the match, and Cal Clutterbuck’s involvement with defensive Mikhail Selgachev set the team in a chippy tone that could be strengthened throughout the series. did.After that, Kiron leveled Barzal in the neutral zone at 8:05.