Saturday, April 30, 2016

Game 2 jitters


On Saturday, April 30, 2016, the New York Islanders faced off against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game 2 of round 2 in the Stanley Cup playoffs. In game 1, the Islanders won 5-3 and Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop was pulled from the game in the second period. Tampa Bay has won all game 2s under coach Jon Cooper after losing game 1. Lately, for the Islanders the opposite has happened with New York losing game 2 after a game 1 victory. Early in the game, Islanders Cal Clutterbuck and Nick Leddy collide and Tampa Bay goes down the other way and sloppy back checking by Matt Martin leads Tyler Johnson wide open as his backhander beats Thomas Greiss for the first goal. Ondrej Palat, who scored the first goal in game 1, gets an assist. Victor Hedman gets a helper too. Later in the period Greiss allows a weak five-hole goal against Jonathan Drouin to make it 2-0. The goal was Drouin's first career playoff marker. Valtteri Filppula gets the only assist. But that was not all in the 1st as a power-play shot by the Islanders' Thomas Hickey deflects off Nikolay Kuleman and the Islanders make it 2-1. Hickey and round 1 game 5 hero Alan Quine get helpers. In the second period, with Tampa Bay on the powerplay, a shot by Hedman goes off the Islanders' Calvin de Haan's skate and caroms in 3-1 Tampa Bay. The other two goal scores, Johnson and Drouin, got assists on the play. The Islanders were terrible offensively the entire game going from outshooting Tampa Bay 14-5 to being outshot 28-18. Hedman's goal was the only in the period as the Lightning went into the locker room up 3-1. With just over 2 minutes left Johnson shot from his own zone goes in an empty net and Tampa Bay ices it 4-1. That was the final score of the game as the Lightning tie up the series at 1. The refs were not afraid of calling penalties as there was 18 minor penalties in the game. Game 3 will be in Barclays Center, Brooklyn on Tuesday, May 3.

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