The New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning are stuck at 2-2. Who will take control of this series in a crucial Game 5?
Meanwhile, Vegas Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer made a bold decision to switch goalkeepers in Game 4 and it paid off when they knotted their streak with the Montreal Canadiens.
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Game 5: New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning | 8 p.m. ET (rows bound 2-2)
The Lightning gave a boost in the third period of Game 4, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Islanders, who took a 3-0 lead and thanks to an incredible last-second stop by Ryan Pulock. The good news for Tampa? The Lightning are 11-0 after a defeat in the last two post-seasons.
We’ll see if Brayden Point can keep his series of goals alive. he has scored in seven games in a row. The record is held by Reggie Leach, who scored 10 goals in a row in 1976.
The Islanders made no changes to the line-up in Game 4 (Oliver Wahlstrom stayed on the bench for the time being), but Barry Despite shuffling his lines. “I thought about that every game,” said Spy. “It’s going to be low-scoring games. I don’t think we can get into a track meeting with this team [Lightning] finish so well. I had the last change, I felt like there was more cadence in this game. I thought this would be an easy move for me. We’ll see what we do in the next game. “
Because of last night
Vegas Golden Knights 2, Montreal Canadiens 1 (OT) (Series 2-2)
The story of that game was Vegas coach Peter DeBoer, who put Marc-Andre Fleury (who started 15 of 16 postseason games) on the bench for Robin Lehner (who got off to a disastrous start that postseason). The decision came after Fleury misplayed a puck at the end of Game 3, which led directly to the late game hit. However, DeBoer insisted that the “zero” error had to do with his choice. Instead, the coach was concerned about Fleury’s fatigue level, noting that he is 36 and related to Andrei Vasilevskiy – 10 years younger than him – in the playoffs this season.
Lehner was fantastic (27 shots out of 28) but goalkeeping wasn’t the topic of the Golden Knights in that series. It was their offense that dried up at inopportune times. The highly dangerous scoring chances for Montreal in this game, which went into overtime, were 17-0. A late goal from Brayden McNabb kept Vegas alive, then Nicolas Roy scored in extra time to win it. A breathtaking statistic that tells the story of the Golden Knights of this series: Roy is only the second Vegas striker to score against Montreal (Mattias Janmark is the other). Complete summary
Three stars of the night
Robin Lehner, G, Vegas Golden Knights
Lehner stopped 27 of 28 shots to claim victory. His best save came in the third period when the Canadiens – who already held a 1-0 lead – almost doubled it when Cole Caufield got into a breakaway group.
“In the pre-scout we thought he liked to go up or he went 5 holes,” said Lehner. “Looked like he was going 5 holes so I closed my legs.”
– BobbyLotsOfNumbers (@TheReplayGuy) June 21, 2021
Nicolas Roy, F, Vegas Golden Knights
What an incredible moment to score the overtime winner against the team you grew up cheering for. It stands out for current Habs fans that his last name happens to be Roy.
The 24-year-old, whose first language was French, is the only Quebec-born player to score a playoff OT goal against the Habs in addition to Rene Robert (1973) of Buffalo Sabers and Ron Harris (1974) of New York Rangers Montreal.
Paul Byron, F, Montreal Canada
At this point, you may be wondering how Byron has passed waivers three times this season? He’s kept coming into play for Montreal in those playoffs, including another big goal on Sunday:
– SiriusXM NHL network radio (@SiriusXMNHL) June 21, 2021
News of the day
All of a sudden, the NHL is running into some COVID-19 issues.
Canadiens trainer Dominique Ducharme stays away from the team after a positive test. Ducharme says he has no symptoms and none of his close contacts tested positive. The trainer had received his second vaccination less than two weeks ago and insisted that he and the team follow all protocols during their trip to Vegas.
Speaking to the media for the first time on Sunday, Ducharme said he was “confident” of getting back on the series at some point, but the NHL and health officials are still determining when that will be possible.
Meanwhile, the Golden Knights announced that their general manager Kelly McCrimmon in Montreal also tested positive. McCrimmon watched Game 3 from the Bell Center with George McPhee, president of the Vegas hockey division. Both McCrimmon and McPhee were captured on television without masks, in violation of NHL protocol.
George McPhee is not having a good time right now pic.twitter.com/mWpfL05Kkf
– Justin Emerson (@ J15Emerson) June 19, 2021
According to sources, the NHL called McCrimmon and McPhee after the game as a warning and reminded them of the logs.
This is all remarkable as this series marks the first cross-border trip for the NHL since the 2020 bubble. The NHL received exemptions from the Canadian government to bypass the 14-day quarantine as long as the teams followed strict protocols. It is a positive sign that no players in this series are affected and hopefully it will stay that way.
quote of the Day
“Not many people know that I get to the game four hours early, I get my own bus. I sat for two hours and saw you talking about me on Twitter to motivate me.”
– Vegas goalkeeper Robin Lehner, who is never afraid to speak up.