National Hockey League

Islanders' work ethic key in victory against Lightning in Eastern Final


Three minutes before the clock struck midnight on the East Coast, right wing Jordan Eberle finished a 2-on-1 with Anders Lee when he roofed a shot over Andrei Vasilevskiy's glove at 12:30 of the second overtime to extend New York's season with a 2-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Tuesday.


Varlamov, who made 12 of his 36 saves over the two overtimes, raced to center ice before diving headfirst over the Lightning blue line and into the celebration following Eberle's game-winner.


As happy as Varlamov is, no one is probably more elated than Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier, who was assessed a four-minute penalty with 1:23 remaining in the third period after his stick made contact with Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev's face.


New York dodged a bullet at 3:50 of double overtime when Kucherov hit the outside of the near post on a rebound after Varlamov had to make a save against Ondrej Palat.


Lee, the Islanders captain, started the 2-on-1 when he flipped the puck off the end boards to himself after Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk fanned on a shot at the right point.


It was also a nice reward for Lee, who played a long shift in the defensive zone during the first overtime and blocked a shot from Lightning defenseman Zach Bogosian without a stick at 14:56.






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