With their backs against the wall, the New York Islanders managed to grind out their second win of the series to force a game six.
The New York Islanders entered game five down 3-1 in the series while being outscored 17-9 through those four games. Game five was a different Islanders team though as they ended regulation with only one goal allowed.
Luckily for the Islanders, it would stay that way despite the fact that the Lightning put 37 shots on goal compared to the Islanders’ 24. However, Semyon Varlamov had himself a game as he recorded 36 saves on 37 shots faced, helping the Islanders extend their season at least another 48 hours.
Unfortunately for the Islanders, Victor Hedman put the Lightning on the board early in the second period, and six minutes later, Carter Verhaeghe put another one in the back of the net.
Luckily for the Islanders, Verhaeghe’s goal would be waved off due to the fact that he entered the zone too early and was offsides. With this, the score remained 1-1 and the Islanders hopes were still alive.
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Late in the third period, it looked bleak for the Islanders as Anthony Beauvillier was booked for a four-minute major with only 1:23 left in regulation. The good news was the Islanders managed to kill it and keep it moving into overtime where neither team could get anything done.
Then in the second overtime when it looked as if this game might run into Wednesday morning, it was Jordan Eberle who managed to put one past Andrei Vasilevskiy off an assist from Anders Lee sending the Islanders into a frenzy including a baseball-like head-first slide from Semyon Varlamov.
Ultimately, you certainly cannot count this Islanders team out and you better believe they’ll enter Thursday night’s game six with hopes of forcing a decisive game seven.
The Islanders are 2-0 in elimination games so far in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs and will look to make it 3-0 on Thursday night.