Islanders hang on to defeat Lightning in Game 4, even series


UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The New York Islanders scored three goals in the second period and evened the Stanley Cup Semifinals with a 3-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday.

Mathew Barzal scored his sixth goal in eight games, and Cal Clutterbuck had two assists for the Islanders, who have won Game 4 to tie each of their three best-of-7 series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves.

Brayden Point extended his goal streak to seven games, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves for the Lightning, who lost for the second time in eight road games.

Game 5 is at Tampa Bay on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).

Varlamov made a save on Nikita Kucherov‘s shot from the slot with 5:36 remaining in the third period to preserve the one-goal lead, and Ryan Pulock blocked a shot by Ryan McDonagh with 2.7 seconds left and Varlamov caught out of position during an Islanders power play.

Josh Bailey gave New York a 1-0 lead when he took a backhand feed from Brock Nelson and beat Vasilevskiy with a wrist shot in the right face-off circle at 5:30 of the second period.

Barzal made it 2-0 at 13:46 on a rebound of Clutterbuck’s shot from the right point after it hit Islanders forward Kyle Palmieri at the near post.

Matt Martin gave the Islanders a 3-0 lead on a backhand at 17:57. The goal was upheld after the Lightning lost a coach’s challenge for offside.

New York outshot Tampa Bay 17-9 in the second period.

Point scored with a wrist shot from the right circle at 3:45 of the third period to make it 3-1. It was his NHL-leading 12th goal of the playoffs.

Tyler Johnson cut it to 3-2 with a wrist shot from the left circle at 6:43, prompting the Islanders to call timeout.


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