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Lightning Round: Islanders win first ECF game since 1993

Tampa Bay played a pretty solid match, despite missing three of their top-6 forwards.

Tampa Bay Lightning v New York Islanders - Game Three Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Lightning didn’t managed to push the New York Islanders to the edge of the elimination in the next game and lost 3-5 in Game 3. The Bolts were down by Brayden Point and Alex Killorn and went with 11 forwards/7 defenceman again, with addition of Carter Verhaeghe and Mitchell Stephens [Raw Charge]

Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final saw the New York Islanders put an end to the longest current winning streak in the playoffs when they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 Friday night. The score makes it look a bit ugly, but the Lightning simply made too many mistakes at crucial moments and the Islanders capitalized on them. Overall, the Lightning carried play at 5v5 and reminded New York that no lead is safe against them. Regardless, the absence of Brayden Point and Alex Killorn did hurt the Lightning this evening, it just wasn’t as much as we expected.

After the game Jon Cooper admitted that the Lightning handed this win to the Isles, after making some bad decisions

Mikhail Sergachev also addressed the dirtiness of the game by saying that both teams don’t like each other

Game 4 is scheduled on Sunday afternoon. Alex Killorn will return to the lineup after serving a one-game suspension and hopefully the Lightning will get Brayden Point back, who reportedly attended yesterday’s morning practice, but didn’t play last night.

Today’s Game

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Dallas Stars – Stars lead series 2-1

8:00 PM ET; NBC, CBC, TVAS, SN

Despite trailing 1-2 in the series, the Golden Knights looked more dangerous overall than the Stars and the only thing that separated them from a victory in the last game was Anton Khudobin, who’s definitely playing his best hockey this postseason. On the other side the Stars did well on quality of their shots, converting on fewest amount of dangerous opportunities than their opponent.

Other News and Notes

Kim Cannon, a person who helped Jon Cooper and Pat Maroon on their way to the NHL, passed away in a car accident on Wednesday night. Maroon played last game with her name on his stick.

Nathan MacKinnon has won the 2020 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, beating Auston Matthews and Ryan O’Reilly. This is the first big personal award for the Colorado Avalanche forward since winning the Calder Trophy in 2014 and he’s still in the race for the Hart Trophy and Ten Lindsay Award.

MacKinnon also received a message from a former Tampa Bay Lightning player and three-time winner of this award Martin St. Louis.

Nick Bjugstad is coming to Minnesota after a trade between the Minnesota Wild and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins will receive a conditional selection in the 2021 NHL draft. Last season Bjugstad played in just in 13 games due to core-muscle injury.

The NHL officially announced that the 2020 Entry Draft will be held online on October 6-7.

Robin Lehner denied that he signed an extension with the Vegas Golden Knights