The Vegas Golden Knights evened their series with the Dallas Stars following an abysmal Game 1 reduction. Can that the New York Islanders do exactly the exact same from the Eastern Conference after being shelled 8-2 from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday?
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Game 2: No. Two Tampa Bay Lightning vs. No. 7 New York Islanders (TB leads 1-0) | 8 pm
“The road is not always the same. It’s structured with all these twists and turns,” stated Islanders trainer Barry Trotz. The message to New York then 8-2 reduction in Game 1 was that the Lightning appeared to dent on practically every opportunity they had, that is not sustainable; the analytics stated the match was closer than that in 5-on-5, plus they do indicate that the Islanders really had the advantage in possession and scoring efforts at the first and third phase. Trotz stated the Islanders analyzed what went wrong, but above all, took a psychological break Tuesday.
Question of this evening: How will the Islanders respond to this Game 1 )?
The Lightning appeared incredible in the practice of beating the Islanders at Game 1. ) It’s the very first time New York has trailed at a series from the resume, and they have dropped three of the final four playoff games.
“It was a strange game,” stated Trotz. “We’re just regrouping a little bit. You try to catch up. You play a Game 7, you fly, you come back, you’re trying to get ready for another team, trying to muster the energy to play a very good Tampa team.”
Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk predicted Tampa will face a different Islanders team in Game 2. “They get a day to reset, probably clear their heads, and some of those games kind of get easier to brush off your shoulders when you lose by a big margin like that,” he said. “So we’re certainly going to be ready for a much better team. We know the type of style they play and, obviously, the type of energy they can bring. We’re happy with the game and the win, but we certainly don’t feel like we’ve accomplished anything yet.”
Bet of the day
Lightning vs. Islanders over 1.5 second-period goals (-140). The Islanders have scored 20 goals in the second period this postseason. The Lightning have scored 16 — and nine of them have come in their past four games.
About last night …
Vegas Golden Knights 3, Dallas Stars 0 (tied 1-1)
The Stars dominated Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. The Vegas Golden Knights returned the favor in Game 2. They dominated in possession in the first period. They dominated the scoreboard in the second period, with goals by Paul Stastny, William Karlsson and Tomas Nosek. In the third period, goalie Robin Lehner did the rest, with 12 saves en route to 24 for the game. “We outcompeted them today and played a hell of a game,” said Lehner. Anton Khudobin allowed three goals on 27 shots for Dallas and was pulled after two periods, as Stars coach Rick Bowness hoped it would spark his team. “Anton was the only reason it was 3-0. Without Anton, that’s 6-0 after the second period,” he said. Full recap.
1. Robin Lehner, G, Vegas Golden Knights
Tuesday night marked the 22nd time in NHL history that a goalie has posted four shutouts in a single postseason. Only five goalies have recorded five or more shutouts, and none have done so since the 2005 lockout.
2. Paul Stastny, C, Vegas Golden Knights
The Vegas forward scored the game’s first and most critical goal, and picked up a secondary assist on William Karlsson’s power-play goal to make it 2-0.
3. Jake Oettinger, G, Dallas Stars
Oettinger entered the game in the third period and saved all five shots he faced. Not many goalies can say they made their NHL debut in the conference finals. In fact, he became the first goalie of the NHL expansion era to make his NHL debut in the penultimate round.
Quote of the day
“We were snake-bitten for a while there and think everybody was gripping their stick a little tight. We’re at our best when we have that swagger and we’re making plays and tough to defend. It was nice to get that mojo back tonight and even the series.” — Vegas forward Chandler Stephenson, when asked by ESPN about the bravado lacking in Game 1 but returning for Game 2.
Social post of the day
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— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) September 9, 2020
Hockey Hall of Famer Dave Andreychuk scuba diving with an aquarium using a Tampa Bay Lightning flag? Yup, Hockey Hall of Famer Dave Andreychuk scuba diving with an aquarium using a Tampa Bay Lightning flag. )
NHL Awards Update
Dampy Brar obtained the Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award, given yearly “to an individual who — through the sport of hockey — has positively impacted his or her community, culture or society.” Fans submit nominees and then Mr. O’Ree along with the NHL choose the winner.
Brar, along with Lali Toor, co-founded Apna Hockey, an initiative which offers a network and support for South Asian hockey players. ) He worked with Hayley Wickenheiser along with also the Wickfest group in 2018 to deliver the first-ever women’s hockey team to Canada out of Leh Ladakh, India. Other nominees have been Alexandria Briggs-Blake (Tucker Road Ducks Hockey) and John Haferman (Columbus Ice Hockey Club).
Up following: One of the compelling races this year is your Jack Adams Award for coach of the year (as voted by members of this NHL broadcasters institution ). Bruce Cassidy of those Boston Bruins, John Tortorella of those Columbus Blue Jackets and Alain Vigneault of those Philadelphia Flyers would be the finalists.