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Lightning Round: Lightning will face Islanders in the Eastern Conference Finals

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Bolts traveled to Edmonton on Saturday

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

The waiting is finally over. Last night the New York Islanders beat the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 7 of the second round and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. The first game against the Tampa Bay Lightning is scheduled for 8:00 PM ET on Monday and will be televised in the United States on NBCSN.

Meanwhile the team has already arrived in Edmonton where all remaining playoff games will be played.

The Bolts have already met the Isles twice in their playoff history: in the first round during their Stanley Cup run in 2004 and most recently in the 2016 Eastern Conference Semifinal – the Lightning won both series in five games.

However, the last regular season series weren’t in the Lightning’s favour: the Isles won two of three regular season games, mostly outplaying the Bolts, although the Lightning won the last regular season meeting, which included a stellar performance by Anthony Cirelli.

Yesterday’s Results

New York Islanders 4-0 Philadelphia Flyers – Islanders win series 4-3

Despite the return of Sean Couturier, the Flyers didn’t offer any resistance and were eliminated by the Islanders. The game was basically decided during the first period, when the Isles took a 2-0 lead thanks to goals by Scott Mayfield and Andy Greene, while the Flyers recorded just six shots on goal. Brock Nelson extended the lead to 3-0 and Anthony Beauvillier scored the fourth goal for his team in the third period. Just 16 saves were enough to record a shutout for Thomas Greiss in his third start during this year’s playoff campaign.

Today’s Game

Dallas Stars vs. Vegas Golden Knights – opening game of the Western Conference Finals

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

The Golden Knights are considered as favourites of the upcoming WCF, however the series is expected to be very close. The Stars are a defensive orientated team and already proven that they’re able to beat a team with strong possession numbers such as Vegas. Both teams have solid goaltending and it wouldn’t be surprising if the series goes to six or seven games.

Other News and Notes

Apparently the Arizona Coyotes have interviewed broadcaster Pierre McGuire for the role of general manager twice. The team has recently parted their ways with a former GM John Chayka.

Mike Babcock and Gerard Gallant interviewed for the Washington Capitals head coach position.

Ryan Reeves will miss tonight’s opening game of the WCF due to a one-game suspension after a check to head of Tyler Motte.