TAMPA, Fla. — Friday night just was not their night:
The Tampa Bay Lightning fell in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final to the New York Islanders after two late third-period goals from New York within the last four minutes of the game.
Energy was high as the night closed out with multiple fights between the two teams. The series now stands at 2-1 with the Bolts having the one-game lead.
The Tampa Bay Lightning, however, remain undeterred from their quest for the Stanley Cup, needing just two more wins to move on to the Stanley Cup Final.
Incredibly, the Bolts pulled off this run shorthanded, with team captain Steven Stamkos out and Kucherov also missing some time. Brayden Point was out on injury for Game 3 as well.
The NHL suspended forward Alex Killorn because of a boarding call in Game 2. Killorn was assessed a major penalty and a game misconduct for the hit on the Islanders' Brock Nelson.
The puck dropped for Game 3 at 8 p.m.
Game coverage below--
10:44 p.m. (Sept. 11): Islanders secure their fifth goal with an empty netter by Jean-Gabriel Pageau. Final: 5-3. The series now stands at 2-1 heading into Game 4.
10:40 p.m. (Sept. 11): Lightning pull goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy for six players on the ice.
10:37 p.m. (Sept. 11): The Islanders take back the lead.
10:24 p.m. (Sept. 11): Bolts tie it up in the third with a goal by Tyler Johnson. 7:56 remain in the third period.
10:13 p.m. (Sept. 11): Now the Islanders will go to a power play as Ryan McDonagh is called for hooking.
10:08 (Sept. 11): Lightning close the gap with a goal by Ondrej Palat during a power play. The Islanders still lead 3-2.
10:07 p.m. (Sept. 11): Bolts get an opportunity after Jordan Eberle gets called for holding.
9:30 p.m. (Sept. 11): Islanders expand their lead 3-1 with a goal by Brock Nelson. The Bolts now have some catching up to do.
9:27 p.m. (Sept. 11): Bolts and Islanders go 4-on-4 after mutual roughing calls against Paquette and Lee.
9:26 p.m. (Sept. 11): In the second period the Islanders take back the lead with a goal. There is 8:10 left in the period.
8:43 p.m. (Sept. 11): Lightning respond quickly tieing up the game at 1-1 with a goal from Mikhail Sergachev with 3:29 left in the first period.
8:35 p.m. (Sept. 11): Islanders strike first with a goal by Cal Clutterbuck as there appeared to be some confusion with Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy's equipment.
8:18 p.m. (Sept. 11): Both teams took a moment to pay tribute to the 2,977 lives lost on September 11, 2001. American flags, twin beams of light and "Never Forget" filled the screens around the arena ahead of the game.
8:02 p.m. (Sept. 11):
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