At the opening of the final series of the NHL Eastern Conference, the New York Islanders, who suffered a 2-8 volley loss, had licked their wounds before the second encounter against Tampa Bay Lightning.
In the second match, the Islanders held the game well in their gloves until it slipped out of hand just nine seconds before the end.
Tampa grabbed a 2-1 victory with Nikita Kutsherov in 59.51 and took the lead in the match series with a 2-0 victory.
Islanders got a brilliant start to the match when Matt Martin gave it the lead in the second minute of the game.
Less than six minutes into the game, Tampa's Alex Killorn tackled Brock Nelson after a short break from the right.
However, the Islanders failed to take advantage of the five-minute superiority.
Nelson injured himself in the situation but returned to the trough later in the second installment.
The opening round progressed well according to the Islanders script, and Tampa didn’t make it to the top spots.
However, it didn't need that, and Victor Hedman increased his goal line to four matches by shooting a 1-1 draw from the blue line at the end of the opening round.
The readings remained unchanged throughout the second batch of equal.
Also in the third round, the match went according to the Islanders ’plans, and Tampa didn’t get to riot too much at the finish line.
Islanders was offered a profit when it got to grind up the dominance of up to two men in the middle of the final round.
However, Tampa took the lead under Andrei Vasilevsky, who played the game of glory, and Kutsherov poured cold water on Islanders' neck just nine seconds before the end of the third set.
Tampa suffered a gruesome loss early in the second half of the match when Brayden Point, by far the best player in its playoffs and first center, was injured.
Point crashed in a corner corner torsion in the final change of the opening round, but he returned normally to the second set and did not appear to have experienced a tough second set during his two substitutions.
He scurried hard overboard to the change bench and left the locker room a moment later.
In its comic, Tampa's number one star was no longer seen in the trough.
If Point is unable to play in future matches, it will complicate even the biggest championship favorably from the sky.
It already lacks another star center, Steven Stamkos, who hasn’t played a game yet in these playoffs.
Tampa went into second place with just 11 strikers, and after Killorn was knocked out and Point injured, he played more than half of the game with just nine strikers.
Leo Komarov, who followed the previous two matches from the sidelines, was again in the Islanders lineup.
The crumbling Finnish pier played for just over 10 minutes and shared five tackles.
Unfortunately, Komarov was on ice during the last minute goal.
Tampa Bay Lightning 2–0 NY Islanders
Vegas Golden Knights 1–1 Dallas Stars
Dallas: Miro Heiskanen, Esa Lindell, Roope Hintz, Joel Kiviranta
Islanders: Leo Komarov (in place of Otto Koivula)