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Game 5: Bruised up Bolts look to beat Islanders, advance to Stanley Cup Final

EDMONTON, Alberta — The Tampa Bay Lightning are looking to take care of business in Game 5 against the New York Islanders Tuesday night.

Tampa Bay is just a win away from making the franchise’s third trip to the Stanley Cup Final. However, things haven’t been easy for the Lightning on Tuesday night, as they are without Brayden Point for all of Game 5 and Nikita Kucherov appears hurt after he tried to hit the Islanders’ Brock Nelson in the second period.

Tampa Bay fell on a 1-0 hole after conceding a goal from New York’s Ryan Pulock late in the first period.

The Lightning’s Victor Hedman helped put Tampa Bay on board after scoring off assists from Blake Coleman and Luke Schenn early in the second period.

Both teams are tied at 1-1 in the middle of the third period.

During the entirety of their time in the NHL bubble, the Lightning have been without captain Steven Stamkos. Stamkos remains out with an undisclosed lower-body injury.

The Dallas Stars await the winner of the Lightning-Islanders series after winning the Western Conference Final. Dallas beat the Vegas Golden Knights in five games to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

SERIES SCHEDULE

  • Game 1: Lightning 8, Islanders 2 Final
  • Game 2: Lightning 2, Islanders 1 Final
  • Game 3: Islanders 5, Lightning 3 Final
  • Game 4: Lightning 4, Islanders 1 Final
  • Game 5: In progress
  • Game 6*: Thursday, September 17, 8 p.m. ET
  • Game 7*: Saturday, September 19, 7:30 p.m. ET

* = if necessary

HOW THEY GOT HERE

The Lightning secured the second seed in the Eastern Conference bracket after finishing second to the Philadelphia Flyers in round-robin play. Tampa Bay beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team the Lightning got swept by in the first round of the 2019 playoffs, in five hard-fought games.

After exorcising their playoff demons against the Blue Jackets, the Lightning rode Ondrej Palat’s hot hand and a game-winning goal in double overtime from Victor Hedman to take down the Boston Bruins in five games.

Palat enters the Eastern Conference Final with a four-game goal streak, dating back to Game 2 against Boston.

The New York Islanders locked down the sixth seed in the conference after taking down the Florida Panthers in four games in the qualifying round. New York went onto beat the Washington Capitals in five games in the first round and then took down the first-seed Philadelphia Flyers in seven games to advance to the conference final.

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