TAMPA, Fla- — Andrei Vasilevskiy had 18 will save and Yanni Gourde scored a quick-handed intention to support the Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the New York Islanders 1- in Recreation 7 of their NHL playoff semifinal collection on Friday evening.
The defending champions state-of-the-art to a Stanley Cup Remaining matchup from the shocking Montreal Canadiens, who upset the Vegas Golden Knights in the other semifinal. Sport 1 is Monday night in Tampa.
Gourde conquer Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov off a move from Anthony Cirelli at 1:49 of the second time period. Vasilevskiy turned absent 7 pictures in the closing interval to publish his fifth vocation playoff shutout — fourth this postseason. It marked the 1st time in NHL historical past a Activity 7 ended 1- with a shorter-handed intention.
Vasilevskiy, vying for his next Vezina Trophy in three yrs, also beat the Islanders 8- in Match 5 and shut out Florida and Carolina to clinch sequence wins in excess of Panthers and Hurricanes in the first two rounds.
The Lightning improved to 14- in video games adhering to a playoff loss considering that commencing previous year’s championship run. They also bounced back again from losses to beat the Islanders in Game titles 2 and 5 and haven’t suffered consecutive playoff losses given that being swept by Columbus in the very first round in 2019.
The Islanders, who ended up aiming for their initially Stanley Cup Last berth in 37 decades, compelled a winner-get-all showdown by rallying to gain Activity 6 on Anthony Beauvillier’s overtime goal.
But with the Lightning enjoying relentless defense, even though also outshooting New York 31-18, opportunities were confined Friday evening.
Tampa Bay achieved the Cup Ultimate for the fourth time in franchise record in spite of not obtaining huge evenings offensively from playoff scoring leader Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Level, whose streak of consecutive game titles with at the very least one particular purpose finished at 9 — one shy of the NHL playoff document.
Kucherov played irrespective of missing most of Recreation 6 with an harm. Stage unsuccessful to rating a intention for just the 2nd time in the previous 13 games.
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Kucherov remaining Match 6 right after having a hit to the reduced back again from Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield. His standing for Friday evening was unsure until finally just prior to faceoff. Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak also returned to the lineup just after lacking the prior two video games.
The Islanders fell to 4-6 all-time in Activity 7s, 4-5 on the street. It was the to start with Video game 7 the team has performed in the semifinal spherical since going through Philadelphia in 1975. The Islanders were being hoping to earn their 1st Stanley Cup Final berth considering that 1984.
Point was seeking to match Reggie Leach’s playoff history with goals in 10 consecutive games in the exact same postseason. Leach experienced a 10-match streak for the Philadelphia Flyers in 1976. With 14 plans in 18 games, Position has a opportunity to grow to be the initially player to guide the league in playoff targets in consecutive seasons due to the fact Jari Kurri in 1987 and 1988.