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Islanders force Game 7 with OT win over Lightning

Game 7 is set for Friday at 8 p.m. ET at Amalie Arena.

NEW YORK — Live updates:

11:00 p.m.

The Islanders score early in OT to force a Game 7 at Amalie Arena. The final score is 3-2.

10:42 p.m.

With the score all tied up at 2-2, the Lightning and Islanders will go to overtime to decide Game 6.

10:29 p.m.

Scott Mayfield scores in the 3rd to tie the game. It's 2-2 with time ticking in the final period of regulation.

9:49 p.m.

The second period ends with some drama on the ice. Tensions are high. But, the Lightning head into the 3rd period with a lead and a trip to their second consecutive Stanley Cup Final in reach.

It's 2-1.

9:38 p.m.

The Islanders get on the board on a Jordan Eberle goal. It's now 2-1, the Lightning still hold on to a lead.

9:33 p.m.

After killing off multiple penalties, a daunting task facing a lot of shots, the Lightning score again to go up by two. Anthony Cirelli gets the goal and it's 2-0 in the 2nd.

8:43 p.m.

Who else but Brayden Point scores first?! That's nine straight playoff games with a goal for Point, making it the second-longest playoff game goal streak in NHL history. He is on fire and the Lightning go on top in the 1st period 1-0.

8:16 p.m.

The puck has dropped on Game 6 as the Tampa Bay Lightning are aiming to return to the team's second consecutive Stanley Cup Final. Meanwhile, the Islanders need a win to force a pivotal Game 7.

Pre-game coverage:

It could all come down to this. The Tampa Bay Lightning are fighting for back-to-back appearances in the Stanley Cup Finals, while the New York Islanders are just fighting to stay alive.

Heading into Game 6, the Bolts are riding a high after a dominating 8-0 defeat of the Isles in front of a home crowd at Amalie Arena. The team hit the ice like a freight train during Game 5 and never hit the brakes. 

The dominating performance by the Lightning tied a franchise record for goals scored in a playoff game. Ironically, the Bolts beat the Islanders 8-2 during a 2020 playoffs match-up of the teams.

Bringing that energy Wednesday night will be key to the Lightning adding one final victory to their 3-2 series lead in the semifinals.

Time will tell if Lightning defenseman Jan Rutta will take the ice for Game 6 after being cross-checked by Islander forward Mathew Barzal. Head coach Jon Cooper is expected to provide an update after the team's game-day morning skate.

Puck drop is set for 8 p.m. in New York at UBS Arena.

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