The New York Islanders will remain in the Edmonton bubble.
It looked like they were set to leave it as the Tampa Bay Lightning were up three games to one and outplaying the Islanders on Tuesday.
There were not a lot of shots in a game that lasted 92:30 as the Lightning outshot New York 37-24 but the only stat that mattered was the one on the scoreboard as the Islanders upended Tampa Bay 2-1.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS 2 TAMPA BAY 1 (2OT) (Tampa Bay leads the best-of-seven series 3-2)
Semyon Varlamov was great between the pipes as he stopped 26-of-37 shots for his 11th win of the post-season. It was his best game to date in the playoffs against the Lightning as he entered Game 5 allowing 13 goals on 118 shots in three starts plus a relief appearance in Game 1 when Thomas Greiss picked up the start and gave up three goals on nine shots in only 10:46 of action. Greiss has not seen the crease since.
New York got off to a 1-0 lead in the first period when Ryan Pulock took a Nick Leddy pass near the top of the circle and one-timed a slapshot past Vasilevskiy. It was a power play effort as Nikita Kucherov was penalized for tripping Brock Nelson. Mathew Barzal drew the secondary assist and it was his first point since Game 1.
The Lightning tied the game early in the second period when Victor Hedman slapped home a long rebound off a shot from Blake Coleman, past Varlamov at the 4:00 mark of the second period. Luke Schenn made a nice stretch pass to Coleman for his second helper in the post-season.
There was no scoring for 68:30 until Eberle, who also picked up his first point since Game 1, scored his fifth of the playoffs.
Vasilevskiy stopped 22 shots in taking the double-overtime loss. He is 13-5 in the post-season.
The Lightning outshot the Islanders 9-5 in the first, it was even at six in the second and 10-5 for Tampa Bay in the third.
The two teams totaled only eight shots in the first overtime, splitting it at four apiece and the Bolts had eight shots in the second overtime when Eberle scored on the Islanders fourth shot.
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It was a hard-hitting game as the Islanders outhit Tampa Bay 75-70.
Blake Coleman had nine hits for Tampa Bay.
Nikita Kucherov had five shots on net to lead both teams.
Brayden Point was scratched from the contest as he was declared unfit to play. He also missed Game 3 but was a stud in Game 4 despite laboring at times.
Erik Cernak and Johnny Boychuk each had six blocked shots. Boychuk returned to action after being a healthy scratch since August 1, the first game in the post-season the Islanders played. He replaced Michael Dal Colle in the lineup as the Islanders went with 11 forwards and seven defensemen.
Jordan Eberle – 1
Ryan Pulock – 1
Mathew Barzal – 1
Anders Lee – 1
Nick Leddy – 1
Luke Schenn – 1
Blake Coleman - 1
Shots on Goal
Nikita Kucherov – 5
Ondrej Palat – 4
Blake Coleman - 4
Cal Clutterbuck – 10
Blake Coleman – 9
Leo Komarov – 8
Adam Pelech - 7