• Islanders’ next step is to go from contender to champion

    Islanders’ next step is to go from contender to champion

    And so it ends, six wins shy of the Stanley Cup for this Islanders team that went farther than their ancestors had over the last 27 years. It ends in disappointment, if not despair, with this 2-1 overtime defeat in Game 6 to the Lightning, who will face the Stars in the Cup final that …
  • Islanders’ Stanley Cup dream ends in crushing Game 6 OT loss

    Islanders’ Stanley Cup dream ends in crushing Game 6 OT loss

    Lightning forward Anthony Cirelli wristed one off the post and Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov could barely move. The puck had deflected in behind him. And with it the Islanders’ longest playoff run since 1993 came to a screeching halt as the Lightning took a 2-1 win in overtime in Game 6 on Thursday in Edmonton, …
  • Islanders showing Lightning closing out series won’t be easy

    Islanders showing Lightning closing out series won’t be easy

    The Islanders would have played all night and all morning if that’s what it took, but they were not going to go away. They were not going to take the skate of shame out of the Edmonton bubble. Not after this night. Not after this game. Not yet. So yes, there will be a Game …
  • Islanders force Game 6 with thrilling double-OT win over Lightning

    Islanders force Game 6 with thrilling double-OT win over Lightning

    The Islanders aren’t packing up their things in Edmonton just yet. Barely hanging on to a 1-1 tie from the first period on, the Isles kept their season alive behind a goal from Jordan Eberle in double overtime to defeat the Lightning 2-1 Tuesday night at Rogers Place and force a Game 6 on Thursday. …
  • Major top-line mismatch has been Islanders’ undoing

    Major top-line mismatch has been Islanders’ undoing

    You don’t have to have invented the game to be able to distill this 3-1 Eastern Conference finals lead the Lightning have taken over the Islanders with Sunday’s 4-1 Game 4 victory to its most elemental point(s). And those are the ones recorded by the unleashed Tampa Bay top line of Brayden Point between Nikita …
  • Islanders on brink of elimination after Game 4 loss to Lightning

    Islanders on brink of elimination after Game 4 loss to Lightning

    It was a chance to reset the series, make up for a stiff start and change the dynamic of the competition. But instead the Islanders are now staring at a daunting uphill battle to have any chance of advancing to the Stanley Cup finals after the Lightning took a 4-1 win in Game 4 and …
  • Islanders fight back into series with resilient win over Lightning

    Islanders fight back into series with resilient win over Lightning

    They were on the verge of saying goodbye to America before they could properly introduce themselves. But on this Friday night under the Edmonton bubble and in front of the national audience that obviously had not been especially impressed by the team’s close-up in Games 1 or 2 of the Eastern finals, the Islanders said …
  • Islanders demolished in Eastern Conference finals wake-up call

    Islanders demolished in Eastern Conference finals wake-up call

    The Islanders may have left their game in Toronto. In what turned out to be their most lackluster performance since the start of the playoffs, the Islanders had circles skated around them Monday night as the Lightning took a roaring 8-2 victory in Game 1 at Rogers Place in Edmonton. Whether it was the one-day …
  • Tampa Bay Lightning close training facility after positive coronavirus tests

    Tampa Bay Lightning close training facility after positive coronavirus tests

    The Tampa Bay Lightning have halted Phase 2 of their NHL restart. As the NHL moves forward with its multi-tiered plan to restart the 2019-20 season after pausing due to coronavirus, the Lightning will temporarily close their training facilities after multiple players and staffers tested positive for COVID-19, according to multiple reports on Friday. Per …