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Lightning advance to second consecutive Stanley Cup Final with Game 7 win

The Tampa Bay Lightning will take on the Montreal Canadians in the Stanley Cup Final beginning on Monday.
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Tampa Bay Lightning players celebrate after defeating the New York Islanders in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Friday, June 25, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

TAMPA, Fla. — Live updates:

The Tampa Bay Lightning have defeated the New York Islanders in Game 7 to advance to their second consecutive Stanley Cup Final. Tampa Bay will face the Montreal Canadians with Game 1 set for Monday.

10:25 p.m.

Late in the 3rd period, the Lightning hold onto their 1-goal lead and the Islanders have pulled the goalie for an extra attacker on the ice.

9:41 p.m.

The 2nd period ends and the Tampa Bay Lightning head into the third period still holding on to their 1-0 lead.

9:10 p.m.

With the Islanders on the power play, it's the Lightning who strike first. Yanni Gourde scores short handed to give the Bolts a 1-0 lead in the 2nd period.

8:50 p.m.

The 1st period was an uneventful one as we're still scoreless heading into the 2nd.

8:16 p.m.

The puck has dropped and Game 7 is underway at Amalie Arena!

Pregame coverage:

Just when many thought that Game 6 would be the decisive one, sending the Tampa Bay Lighting to their second consecutive Stanley Cup Final, they lost 3-2 in overtime to the New York Islanders.

The Islanders' win sends the Stanley Cup Semifinals into a winner-take-all Game 7. Puck drop is scheduled for Friday at 8 p.m. ET.

The winner will face the Montreal Canadiens after the team advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 28 years following a 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Lightning's Brayden Point has been a superstar on the ice, scoring himself into the record books. His playoff game goal streak now stands at nine after his Game 6 goal – the second-longest in NHL history. 

Steven Stamkos has also been playing well, with four goals and five assists over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.

Mathew Barzal leads the Islanders with a plus-15 in 55 games this season. Brock Nelson has four goals and one assist over the last 10 games for New York.

With the Lighting averaging 3.4 goals per game and the Islanders averaging at 3.0, the highly anticipated Game 7 will reveal it all. 

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