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Lightning take 2-1 series lead over Islanders with Game 3 win

Game 4 is set for Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.
Credit: AP
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes a save against the New York Islanders during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinals, Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)


The Lightning hold on to win Game 3 on the road by a score of 2-1. They've now taken a 2-1 series lead with Game 4 set for Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.

9:48 p.m.

The Lightning immediately answer the Islanders' goal with one of their own, this time by Brayden Point. Tampa Bay heads into the 3rd period with a 2-1 lead.

9:44 p.m.

It took a while, but late in the second period the Islanders were able to get on the board. Cal Clutterbuck gets the goal and we're tied 1-1.

8:55 p.m.

The first period is over and the Lightning have a 1-0 lead.

8:34 p.m.

Yanni Gourde gets a rebound from a shot on net and scores to give the Lightning a 1-0 halfway through the first period.

8:15 p.m.

The puck has dropped in Game 3 and we are underway in New York!

Going into Game 3, the Tampa Bay Lightning are looking for another win and to take the lead over the New York Islanders in the Stanley Cup Semifinals. 

After tying up the series 1-1 with a 4-2 win in Game 2, the Lightning head to New York. 

The puck drops at 8 p.m. ET for Game 3. 

The Islanders are 21-4-3 at home. New York averages just 2.7 penalties per game, the fewest in the league. Ross Johnston leads the team averaging 0.7.

The Lightning are 15-10-3 in road games. Tampa Bay is 10th in the NHL averaging 5.3 assists per game, led by Victor Hedman with 0.7.

Mathew Barzal has 45 total points for the Islanders, 17 goals and 28 assists. Brock Nelson has six goals and two assists over the last 10 games for New York.

Brayden Point leads the Lightning with 48 points, scoring 23 goals and collecting 25 assists. Alex Killorn has five goals and five assists over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.

During the playoffs, the Islanders are averaging 3.4 goals, 5.1 assists, 3.8 penalties and 8.8 penalty minutes. The team on average gives up 2.7 goals per game and has a .926 save percentage. 

As for the Bolts during the playoffs, the team is averaging 3.3 goals per game, 5.9 assists, 5.2 penalties and 12.4 penalty minutes. On average, the Lightning are giving up 2.3 goals per game and have a .931 save percentage. 

The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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