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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:14 am    Post subject: The Islanders were on a 4-on-3 power play when Pulock fired Reply with quote

TAMPA http://www.coyotesproshop.com/authentic-alex-goligoski-jersey , Fla. (AP) Captain Steven Stamkos and high-scoring Nikita Kucherov garner lots of attention. However, the Tampa Bay Lightning are hardly a two-man show.The top seed in the Eastern Conference got early goals from four players – none of them named Stamkos or Kucherov – before holding off the New Jersey Devils for a 5-2 victory Thursday night in Game 1 of the first-round series.Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson and Yanni Gourde scored, helping the Lightning build a 3-0 lead that New Jersey trimmed to one goal before Alex Killorn and Kucherov, who added an empty-netter with 1:12 remaining, finished off the win before a crowd of 19,092.”Not the outcome we wanted,” Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid said ”That’s why it’s a series and not a game.”Taylor Hall scored an unassisted goal off a turnover in the second period, then assisted on Travis Zajac’s power-play goal that trimmed the Devils’ deficit to 3-2 midway through third against Andrei Vasilevskiy, who had 29 saves for Tampa Bay, which held off Boston in the final week of the season for the best record in the East.For the Devils, a shaky opening period was too much to overcome.”I don’t know what happened. That’s the way hockey goes sometimes. Starting on time is a big part of hockey, and especially playoff hockey,” Hall said. ”We have to be a team that’s ready to battle right off the bat and just be aware that they have more than one line; more than Stamkos and Kucherov. They have a lot of dangerous guys and we have to be aware.”The line of Palat, Johnson and Brayden Point, matched up against New Jersey’s top line, produced a pair of first-period goals and finished with six points.Killorn’s shot over Kincaid’s glove restored a two-goal lead before Kucherov, who led the Lightning with 100 points this season, ensured there would be no comeback.”I thought we played really well. I thought we played within our structure,” said Johnson, who also had an assist on Palat’s goal. ”You’ve got to give Jersey credit. They pushed in that second period. That third period, I thought we took it back over. `If we continue to play like that, I like our chances this series.”Game 2 is Saturday at Amalie Arena.Tampa Bay beat the Devils for the first time this year. The Devils won all three meetings between the teams during the regular season, with each game decided by one goal.Kinkaid entered his first career playoff game as one of the hottest goalies in the league, going 7-0-1 over his last eight starts to help New Jersey grab its first playoff berth since the Devils reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 2012.The Lightning, on the other hand, have been driven all season by failing to make the playoffs last spring after making deep runs previous two years.With Kucherov and Stamkos leading the way Christian Dvorak Jersey , Tampa Bay paced the NHL in scoring and Vasilevskiy set a franchise record and tied for the league lead with 44 victories in his first season as a No. 1 goaltender.But after reaching the Stanley Cup Finals in 2015 and coming within one victory of a return trip two years ago, this season ultimately will be judged on whether the Lightning can put together another strong bid to win it all.”Last year was the first year that I missed the playoffs in any league. I’ve never had a long summer like that and that summer felt like forever,” said Johnson, who has 22 goals in 48 career playoff games.”So I’m glad where we’re at right now. I’m excited to be back at this time,” Johnson added. ”It’s the best hockey. It’s the most fun you can play in.”While the Devils did a nice job of containing the high-scoring Kucherov and Stamkos, Palat, Johnson, Killorn and Gourde, who set a Lightning rookie record with 25 goals this season, showed why it’s so difficult to totally shut down Tampa Bay’s offense.The momentum shifted on New Jersey’s first power-play opportunity. Even though the Devils didn’t score, they got off five shots against Vasilevskiy, who weathered the barrage before Hall broke through after Palat turned the puck over in the Lightning zone.”We looked a little bit tentative, a little bit unsure, but I thought we settled into the game, particularly in the second period,” Devils coach John Hynes said. ”I thought the second half of the game was a little more of how we wanted to play. We’ll regroup and we’ll be a better team Saturday.”Notes: Stamkos returned to Tampa Bay’s lineup after missing the final three games of the regular season with a lower body injury. … It’s the third time the Devils and Lightning have met in the playoffs. New Jersey won both previous series, advancing in the 2003 Eastern Conference semifinals in five games and ending a 2007 quarterfinal matchup in six. … Zajac and captain Andy Greene are the only players remaining on New Jersey’s roster from the Devils’ 2012 postseason run.— NEW YORK (AP) Although the Tampa Bay Lightning didn’t like the way they almost gave up a four-goal lead in the third period, they were happy to get the win and move on.J.T. Miller scored twice, Brayden Point had a goal and two assists, and the high-scoring Lightning held off the New York Islanders 7-6 on Thursday night, setting a franchise record with their 51st victory”A win’s a win but definitely not the way we want to win,” forward Steven Stamkos said. ”When you’re in a game like we were tonight going into the third, it should be just close them out. Just don’t give them a chance.”Anthony Cirelli, Mikhail Sergachev and Victor Hedman each added a goal and an assist, Tyler Johnson also scored as the Lightning won their third straight and improved to 12-2-1 in their last 15 games.The Lightning extended their lead atop the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division to six points over idle Boston, which has played two fewer games and is 2-0 against Tampa Bay this season. The Lightning also pulled into a tie with West-leading Nashville, which lost to Toronto http://www.coyotesproshop.com/authentic-clayton-keller-jersey , in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy – though the Predators also have two games in hand.”This is a good hockey team,” Stamkos said. ”We’ve found a way to break a franchise record, that’s pretty cool in itself. … We’ll continue to pile up the wins to finish as high as we can and whatever records are there, it’s kind of icing on the cake.”Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 shots for his league-leading 42nd win, extending Tampa Bay’s franchise record.Anders Lee, Ryan Pulock and Anthony Beauvillier each scored twice for the Islanders, who lost for the 12th time in 14 games (2-8-4). Jordan Eberle had three assists, and John Tavares and Josh Bailey added two apiece. Christopher Gibson gave up six goals on 24 shots before being pulled with about 8 1/2 minutes left in the second. Jaroslav Halak came on and finished with 11 saves.The Lightning led 3-1 after one period and appeared to take control with four goals on 10 shots in the second to extend their lead to 7-3. However, the Islanders scored three goals in a three-minute span to pull within one 4 1/2 minutes into the third.”Coming out of the second intermission you want to see fight and hunger, you want to see battle,” New York coach Doug Weight said. ”We battled in the third. It was great to see the way some of the guys stepped up for sure.”Lee got his career-high 38th to pull the Islanders to 7-4 with their third power-play goal 1:35 into the third. It was his seventh goal in six games.Beauvillier pulled New York within two, backhanding the puck through Vasilevskiy’s five-hole for his 15th at 3:21. Beauvillier then deflected Johnny Boychuk’s slap shot from the right point with his 16th at 4:36.”We looked pretty good for two periods,” Hedman said. ”Obviously in the third period we were on our heels a little bit. We’ll take the two points and get a good night’s sleep tonight.”Point extended Tampa Bay’s lead to 4-1 on a short-handed 2-on-1 break for his 28th at 2:43 of the second.With the Islanders still on power play, Pulock got them within two just 47 seconds later.Lee scored from the left side to pull New York to 4-3 at 5:15 of the middle period.Miller gave the Lightning a two-goal lead on a 2-on-1 rush at 8:27 with Tampa Bay’s league-leading 263rd goal of the season, breaking the franchise record set in 2014-15.Sergachev made it 6-3 on the power play for his ninth with 8:38 remaining in the second, and Miller’s power-play goal, his 20th, made it a four-goal game with 1:40 left.The Lightning, who didn’t travel to the New York area until earlier in the day because of the snowstorm in the northeast on Wednesday, got on the scoreboard with two quick goals to start the game.Cirelli scored on a wraparound off Gibson’s stick 2:09 into the first period, and Johnson made it 2-0 just 26 seconds later on a wrister from the right circle for his 21st.The Islanders were on a 4-on-3 power play when Pulock fired a one-timer from the left faceoff dot to make it 2-1 with 9:36 remaining in the opening period.Hedman restored the Lightning’s two-goal lead from the left circle for his 14th with 5:43 to go in the first.NOTES: The Lightning bested their previous mark for wins set in 2014 when they went 50-24-8 en route to reaching the Stanley Cup Final. … Miller has seven goals and 12 points in 11 games since being acquired from the New York Rangers at the trade deadline. … Tampa Bay’s Yanni Gourde had two assists to give him 58 points, second among rookies – trailing only the Islanders’ Mathew Barzal, who leads with 76. … Barzal had an assist on Beauvillier’s second goal for his 56th assist, breaking a tie with Nicklas Backstrom (2007-0Cool for the second-most by a rookie since 1995. Penguins star Sidney Crosby tops the list with 63 in 2005-06.UP NEXTLightning: At New Jersey on Saturday night.Islanders: Host Chicago on Saturday night.—Follow Vin Cherwoo at https://twitter.com/VinCherwooAP
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