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Tampa Bay 8, NY Islanders 2
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, September 7, 2020
Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta
Referees: Dan O'Rourke, Chris Rooney
Linesmen: Brad Kovachik, Jonny Murray
Attendance: N/A

Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov both posted five-point games as the Tampa Bay Lightning opened the Eastern Conference finals with an 8-2 trouncing of the New York Islanders on Monday night in Edmonton.

Point collected two goals and three assists, while Kucherov added one goal and four assists for the Lightning, who needed only a 22-save performance from goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy for the win. Tampa Bay tied a franchise record for most goals in a playoff game.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven Stanley Cup playoff series will be Wednesday.

Point, riding a seven-game point streak in which he has amassed four goals and 12 assists, opened the scoring just 74 seconds into the clash. He gained the puck at center ice, raced around defenseman Ryan Pulock and then deked out starting goalie Thomas Greiss.

New York's Jordan Eberle tied the score when he pounced on a rebound for a power-play goal at 4:33 of the first period, but it was all Lightning thereafter.

Victor Hedman netted a man-advantage marker when he blasted a point shot home at 8:12 of the opening frame. Ryan McDonagh tallied to make it a 3-1 game by wiring a slapper at the 10:46 mark to chase Greiss to the bench, the victim of three goals on nine shots, in favor of Semyon Varlamov.

The switch didn't help the Islanders, who were showing signs of fatigue after clinching their previous series in seven games on Saturday in Toronto before flying west.

Yanni Gourde added to the Lightning lead when he slipped a shot just over the line during a scramble four minutes into the second period, and then Point potted his second of the game on another power play by redirecting a Hedman shot at 13:18 of the middle frame.

Kucherov extended the lead when he redirected a cross-ice pass from Point six minutes into the third period. New York's Nick Leddy and Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat traded goals 45 seconds apart before the midway point of the final frame. Palat's goal was his sixth in a five-game, goal-scoring run.

Gourde's second of the night, a power-play goal with 6:45 left in the game, finished the onslaught.

Varlamov stopped 20 of 25 shots for the Islanders, who also saw veteran winger Cal Clutterbuck not take any shifts after blocking a Mikhail Sergachev slap shot during the second period.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
NY Islanders   Tampa Bay
Jordan Eberle 2 Points Brayden Point 5
Jordan Eberle 1 Goals Brayden Point 2
Anders Lee 2 Assists Nikita Kucherov 4
Jordan Eberle 1 Power Play Goals Brayden Point 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Semyon Varlamov .800 Save Percentage Andrei Vasilevskiy .917
Semyon Varlamov 20 Saves Andrei Vasilevskiy 22
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
NY Islanders 24 2 1-5 3-6 24 29
Tampa Bay 34 8 3-6 4-5 12 26
Upcoming Games
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game at home against NY Islanders. The Lightning have a W/L % of .605 after a win and .630 after a loss.
  • NY Islanders will play their next game on the road against Tampa Bay. The Islanders have a W/L % of .583 after a win and .438 after a loss.