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Lightning Eliminate Islanders to Advance to Stanley Cup Finals

  • September 18, 2020

EDMONTON, Alberta — The Tampa Bay Lightning eliminated the Islanders on Thursday night with a 2-1 overtime win in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals at Rogers Place.

The second-seeded Lightning will play the Dallas Stars for the 2020 Stanley Cup.

Anthony Cirelli scored the game-winner with 6 minutes 42 seconds left in overtime, and Victor Hedman also scored for Tampa Bay. Devon Toews had the lone goal for the sixth-seeded Islanders, about two minutes before Hedman’s in the first period. Andrei Vasilevskiy, who has played every minute of the postseason in goal for the Lightning, made 26 saves. Semyon Varlamov had a much busier night for the Islanders with 46 stops, a personal postseason high.

”Our group believes in one another, and that’s something that happens over the course of time,” Tampa Bay’s Ryan McDonagh said. “We’re really thankful for this opportunity again to be back in these playoffs coming out of the break, and now that we’re here, really focused and determined to finish the job.”

The Islanders were the last team standing from the 16-team qualification round in the N.H.L.’s expanded playoff format. Guided by Barry Trotz, who won the 2018 Stanley Cup and is in his second season with the team, the team reached the conference finals for the first time since 1993.

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