Islanders Game 1 demolished by Lightning in conference finals


The Islanders may have dropped their game in Toronto.

It was his most prolific performance since the start of the playoffs, with the Islanders skating around him on Monday night as the Lightning won 8–2 at Rogers Place in Ederson in Game 1.

Whether it was a one-day turnaround after the second round or a full day of travel, the Islanders were excluded from start to end. It may be the fact that Tampa Bay has been preparing for its next opponent since defeating the Bruins in five matches on 31 August. The islanders’ emotional highs were too high to come down so quickly after defeating the Flyers in Game 7 on 31 or Saturday night.

But the Islanders would not point to excuses after the loss. He attributed it to where it was due and owned what Matt Martin described as an “embarrassing” loss to a 1-0 retreat in the Eastern Conference Finals series. Now, the Isles want to turn the page with the Game 2 set for 8pm on Wednesday

Captain Anders Lee said, “You can see it either way, you can see it as a blow or you can see it as a tight overtime loss, whatever it is, you have to move it forward . ” On the zoom call after the game. “It’s a long series, this game is 1. We dropped the ball tonight but we have an opportunity to come back to it. Fix our mistakes and I think we already look forward to Game 2, especially after tonight.

“You get away in a series like this, you can’t stay at a disadvantage. You have to be ready for the next one.”

The islanders were destroyed by Tampa Bay tonight.
The islanders were destroyed by Tampa Bay tonight.AP

The Lightning’s eight goals tied the most against the Islanders in a playoff game, the last by the Flyers in 1980. Breaking their franchise record for most goals in a playoff game, Tampa Bay matched eight goals in Game 5 of the 2011 Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Islanders coach Barry Trotz opted to start Thomas Grease in net for the second straight game following his shutout performance on Saturday. But after allowing three goals on nine shots within just 11 minutes in the game, Greyson was replaced by Simeon Varlamov.

The Lightning played the Isles for their pace and style from the opening puck drop. More than a minute into the first period, Breyden Point took everyone into the Islanders zone and was pushed to the net before defending Peck past Greece for a 1-0 lead by defenseman Ryan Pullock. Point extended his talk to seven straight games.

The Islanders bounced back as Blake Coleman was soon called for interference and Jordan Eberle retaliated at 4:33 after exiting the home.

After Andy Greene hooked Nikita Kucharov going on his second power play of the night, Lightning took a front from Victor Hedman on a blast. Tampa Bay continued to outscore the Islanders, with Ryan McDonagh snatching a short side over Greece to make it 3–1 at 10:46.

Trotz immediately replaced Greylam with Varlamov.

Even starting the second period at man-advantage could not gain momentum in the favor of the islanders as Tampa Bay dominated the forecheck. A three-on-two power run ended with a Yanani grade ripe for a 4–1 lead in just four minutes.

Despite limiting the Lightning’s chances after the goalkeeper changes, the already tired Islanders did a fine job against the lineup. Pointe recorded his second goal of the night with a tip on a Heidman shot to go up 5–1 after Green was penalized for sticking.

“Every time we made a mistake, they scored,” Trotz said. “Once he got the fifth goal, it went out of hand and it was only a matter of time.”

Kucherov, Lourde and Ondrej Palat scored the Lightning with each goal in the third period.

“This game, we’re going to wash it away,” Trotz said. “We have lost some heartbreakers, some real hard matches and all that in overtime. Sometimes you hand it in your hands like we did today. It is still a loss and we have to regroup now. ”

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