It boils down to: a game. In the 7th game, Lightning faced the Islanders. The winner continued to participate in the Stanley Cup against the Canadians, while the loser hit the golf course.
“You enter the seventh game and you know what is at stake,” said Islanders coach Barrett Roots. “You have played for a whole year to reach this point. You have a chance.”
Anyone watching this semi-final series on Wednesday morning will be shocked that it reaches this point. The Chargers defeated the Amaliya Arena 8-0 in the fifth game. Two nights later, the Chargers led 2-0, and the Islanders began to return to the game in front of the noisy home audience. Jordan Eber and Scott Mayfield tied the game winner before Anthony Beauvillier won 3-2 in 68 seconds of overtime. The faithful response was to give the players a beer shower.
Now the scene moves to Tampa for a decisive game. The biggest question mark is whether Nikita Kucherov will adapt. “Not sure,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said after skating in the morning. Kucherov received Mayfield’s cross-check in the first shift and left the sixth game (he pitched to Matt Balzal late in the shift).
“We played 56 games [Kucherov],” Cooper said. “Usually, when we don’t have him, we have 12 forwards, so when we have 11 forwards, it might make us harder. But we have been along this road for four months. This is nothing new to us. “
Tampa Bay has not lost two consecutive playoff games since 2019, and this is the last time it has been eliminated. Review: The 2020 champion was swept by the Blue Jackets in the 2019 playoffs. The Islanders’ goal is to enter the final round for the first time since losing to the Oilers in 1984.
When the Chargers and the Islanders competed for a spot in the Stanley Cup final, sports news mastered all the action (All times are east).
The scores of the Chargers and the Islanders, highlights from Game 7
the first lesson
8:32 p.m. — Pat Maroon was very excited as he warmed up.
8:29 p.m. — Victor Hedman (Victor Hedman) got a partial breakthrough from… the header pass. Varlamov and stop.
8:28 p.m. — The replay shows Kucherov skating around during the TV pause. Trying to stay loose?
8:26 p.m. — Andy Greene shines in the slot machine’s Tyler Johnson opportunity.
8:18 p.m. — Lightning control played a big role, but Anthon Beauvillier gained explosive speed to split D, but couldn’t surpass Vasilevskiy. The big right pad stops.
8:17 p.m. — Varlamov was the first stop of the night.
8:16 p.m. — The game starts now.
Before the game
7:58 p.m. — It looks like Erik Cernak is there. He missed the last two games due to injury.
7:56 p.m. — It looks like Kucherov has come in. Yang Ruta went out.
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