Who: Tampa Bay Lightning vs.
After advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1993, the Islanders were blown out by the Tampa Bay Lightning, losing 8-2 as Semyon Varlamov was unable to escape the second period and the Islander defense could do nothing to slow down the Lightning's offense.
Tampa Bay Holds Off IslandersTampa Bay has entered this series with sticks blazing and Wednesday night they needed just two goals to dispatch the Islanders by a score of 2-1.
BriseBois strengthened a Lightning team that had faltered in the First Round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs after posting an National Hockey League record-tying 62 wins during the regular season, his first in charge. NY has given up 34 power-play goals, killing 80.7% of opponent chances. Brayden Point scored a team-high two goals for the Lightning in the victory.
TOP PERFORMERS: Brock Nelson leads the Islanders with 26 goals, adding 28 assists and totaling 54 points. 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. He brought several veteran players to Tampa Bay for a shot at postseason redemption in 2019-20, including defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Luke Schenn, and forward Pat Maroon, all signed as unrestricted free agents in the summer of 2019.
Lightning: Averaging 3.3 goals, 6.0 assists, 5.0 penalties and 11.7 penalty minutes while giving up 2.2 goals per game with a.932 save percentage. Tampa Bay killed all four of the Islanders' power-play chances and has an 81.1 percent penalty kill rate during the playoffs. Many have pegged him as the favourite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy if the Lightning do indeed move on and win the championship series, and his loss would be significant for a team already missing their star captain, Steven Stamkos.