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Lightning romp to 8-2 win over Isles to open East finals


EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Braydon Point and the well-rested Tampa Bay Lightning resembled a refreshed team eager to come off an extended break after switching cities in the NHL playoff bubble.


The Islanders, by comparison, came out flat, looking like a team that spent Sunday flying to Edmonton, Alberta, from Toronto, a day after a 4-0 win over Philadelphia in Game 7 of their second-round series.


Point opened the scoring 74 seconds in by bursting up the left wing, getting a step a around Ryan Pulock , before driving to the net and wrapping the puck around Greiss.


Hedman, from the blue line and set up by Point's no-look pass, blasted a shot inside the left post with Greiss screened by Tampa Bay's Alex Killorn for a power-play goal.


The horn was blown 14 seconds after Gourde's shot crossed the goal line and bounced off Islanders defenseman Andy Greene's stick, which was in the net.


Frustration also set in late in the second period, when New York's Mathew Barzal angrily slammed his stick on the glass following a missed scoring opportunity.






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