Today the Tampa Bay Lightning body-slammed the New York Islanders in their Game 4 and it has pushed the Islanders to the brink of elimination. Both conference series are tied up 3-1 and on Tuesday, we can see the New York Islanders be sent home. Before we get to Tuesday, let’s jump into what happened today.
The first period went scoreless between these teams, a trend we’re seeing in the conference finals. The Islanders were able to at least put up the first goal of the game in during 2nd period. Brock Nelson was their savior and although they got on the board first, that joy did not last long at all. Just 15 seconds later, Blake Coleman of the Lightning evened the score and 12 seconds after that Ondrej Palat gave Tampa the lead. Into the 3rd period, Brayden Point gave the Lightning a 3-1 lead, aka the most dangerous lead in hockey. But fear not Lightning fans because Pat Maroon scored with 2 and a half minutes remaining in the game for a 4-1 final score.
What a time to be a hockey fan with both series set up like this. Monday and Tuesday night could see an end to two teams seasons but the crazier part is we still could still see another 4 games after that (if both teams pushed Game 7s).
If I just said that and I jinked it, sorry future us.
Either way, I’m out on the Isles. I don’t see them pushing back against Tampa. This Lightning team is too big and too tough for them to make it out of this round. The Islanders were leading their series but Philly still forced a Game 7. I don’t think they can hold their own against a team like Tampa to push this series that far. If Tuesday isn’t their last game, then Thursday will be.
Tomorrow night is Dallas vs Vegas, Game 5 and all the Stars have to do is win. I’ll be writing a blog about it after the game so be sure to follow our social medias to keep up!
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