Lightning overwhelm Islanders in Game 5, take lead in Semifinals


Steven Stamkos scored two goals, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 21 saves for the Tampa Bay Lightning in an 8-0 win against the New York Islanders in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Monday.

It was the third shutout of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for Vasilevskiy, who helped the Lightning take the lead in the best-of-7 series. Tampa Bay has not lost consecutive postseason games since the 2019 Eastern Conference First Round (13-0), the longest such run in NHL history.

Brayden Point extended his goal streak to eight games, Alex Killorn had two goals and an assist and Nikita Kucherov had three assists for the Lightning.

Semyon Varlamov allowed three goals on 16 shots for the Islanders before being pulled at 15:27 of the first. Ilya Sorokin made 19 saves.

Teams that take the lead in Game 5 are 47-15 (.758) winning a best-of-7 NHL semifinal series. Game 6 will be played at New York on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).

Stamkos scored his first goal in six games to give Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead 45 seconds into the first period.

Yanni Gourde made it 2-0 at 11:04 when his pass hit Andy Greene‘s stick and trickled past Varlamov.

The Islanders goaltender was then pulled after Killorn made it 3-0 at 15:27. Following a turnover by Ryan Pulock in the neutral zone, David Savard sent a shot from the right point that hit Killorn and fluttered into the net.

Tampa Bay outshot New York 19-5 in the first period.

Stamkos scored his second of the game at 5:42 of the second with a one-timer from the left circle on the power play to extend the lead to 4-0.

Ondrej Palat made it 5-0 with a redirection of Savard’s shot along the right wall at 15:43 of the second, and Killorn scored another power-play goal at 17:53 to push it to 6-0.

Mathew Barzal was given a major penalty and a game misconduct for cross-checking Jan Rutta at the end of the second period. Rutta did not play in the third.

Point scored on the ensuing power play at 1:59 of the third to make it 7-0. Point’s goal streak is the second longest in NHL postseason history behind Reggie Leach, who scored in 10 straight for the Philadelphia Flyers in 1976.

Luke Schenn, who was playing for the first time since Game 3 of the second round, scored at 12:05 for the 8-0 final.

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