3 keys: Islanders at Lightning, game 5 of the semi-finals
The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to win their 13th straight game after a Stanley Cup playoff loss when they face the New York Islanders in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals at Amalie Arena in Tampa Monday.
The Lightning haven’t lost a back-to-back playoff game since the 2019 Eastern Conference first round (12-0), including a 4-2 win over the Islanders in Game 2 on June 15. New York tied the series again with a 3-2 Match 4 victory on Saturday.
“I think we’ve done it before, the guys have been in this situation before and they know what’s at stake,” said the Lightning forward. Pat maroon mentionned. “I think it’s obviously a good opportunity [at] home. I think you just need to focus game by game and I think that’s what we’re doing. We are not focusing on the series itself. We’re focused on the task at hand and the job at hand at that time, so the guys do a good job, adjustments are made and players buckle up when they need to and play the right way when we do. need it. I think the guys do a really good job of doing it. But by saying that, we’re going to have an Islanders team pushing here. “
Teams that win Game 5 after a best-of-7 NHL semi-final are tied 47-15 (0.758). New York won the fifth road game in each of the first two rounds of the playoffs, against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins.
“We are a confident group,” the Islanders defenseman Scott mayfield mentionned. “Thinking back to Game 5s, I think we might have stolen a few, but we’re a confident bunch. We know what we have to do, we know we have to play on the road. We know that. they’re going to have a big push.
“It’s a three game series now, and two of the games are on the road. We know what we need to do and are just going to play our game.”
Here are 3 keys for game 5:
1. Production from the Stamkos line
Lightning ahead Steven stamkos has 34 points (17 goals, 17 assists) in 38 regular season games and has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 15 playoff games, but he and his teammates Antoine Cirelli and Alex killorn do not have a point to even force in this series. They combined two assists on the power play.
Stamkos has five shots on goal, Cirelli has seven and Killorn has eight.
“Everyone wants to go out and produce this time of year,” Stamkos said. “With each round it gets harder and harder and the control gets tighter and tighter as you get closer to the final. Of course you want to go out there and produce and help your team win, so It doesn’t change whether it’s Game 1 of the season or it will be Game 5 of the semi-finals right now.
“We want to try to be the best that we can. Of course it’s hard there, but we’re not sitting here saying it’s too hard. We have to go out there and find out. a way and help our team win. “
2. First critical objective
The team that scores first has won each of the first four games in this series. In Game 4, the first goal was scored by the Islanders forward Josh bailey, at 5:30 am of the second period.
During the playoffs, the Lightning is 10-1 when scoring first and 0-4 when allowing first goal. The Islanders are 5-1 when they score first and 5-5 when they allow the first goal.
“I don’t think we’re actually looking at the stats of that, but it’s really good to start with the lead,” the New York center said. Jean-Gabriel Pageau mentionned. “We’re a comfortable team when we score the first goal, and when we give up the first goal, we have a lot of character to fight for that goal. I don’t think we were really focusing (on that), but it is is definitely fun to start and score that first. It’s good for the momentum, it’s good for our confidence, that’s for sure. “
3. Best second period
Tampa Bay was dominated for most of the second period on Saturday, when New York City scored three goals and outscored the Lightning 17-9.
The Lightning scored twice in the third and nearly tied in the dying seconds, so a more complete effort is needed in Game 5.
“This energy and passion that we played in the third period, we have to go out and play like that from the face-off,” said the Tampa Bay forward. Ross colton mentionned. “We were talking in the locker room after that period, we can’t have to lose 3-0 so that we can go out and bring that energy, bring that passion. It has to come from the puck and we have to put pressure on them. I think for us it’s enough to settle in, put washers behind them [defensemen], spin them around and kind of try to put that first so that we play ahead and play our game. “
The projected alignment of the islanders
Kyle palmieri – Matthieu barzal – Jordan eberle
Antoine Beauvillier – Brock Nelson – Josh Bailey
Leo Komarov – Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Travis Zajac
Matt Martin – Casey Cizikas – Cal clutterbuck
Adam pelech – Ryan pulock
Nick leddy – Scott Mayfield
Andy Greene – Noah Dobson
Striped: Cole Bardreau, Kieffer bellows, Austin Czarnik, Anatoly Golychev, Simon holmstrom, Ross johnston, Otto Koivula, Dmytro Timachov, Olivier Wahlström, Sebastien aho, Samuel Bolduc, Braydon Coburn, Thomas hickey, Grant hutton, Bode Wilde, Ken appleby, Cory schneider
Injured: Michael Dal Colle (not disclosed)
Ondrej Palat – Brayden Point – Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn – Anthony Cirelli – Steven Stamkos
Barclay goodrow – Yanni Gourde – Blake coleman
Ross Colton – Tyler johnson – Pat Maroon
Victor hedman – Jan Rutta
Ryan mcdonagh – Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev – David Savard
Striped: Alex Barre Boulet, Mathieu Joseph, Boris Katchouk, Taylor raddysh, Gemel smith, Mitchell stephens, Daniel Walcott, Fredrik claesson, Cal Foote, Luc Schenn, Ben thomas, Christophe gibson, Spencer martin
Lightning coach Jon Cooper said everyone on the roster was available; Cernak left briefly in the third period of Game 4 following a hit from Martin. … Islanders ahead Anders lee, who underwent surgery to repair an ACL knee injury sustained on March 11, skated again on Monday but is not expected to play in the playoffs.