New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano felt his team needed a short memory after an overtime loss in Game 3, despite the belief it may have been one of the best games his team has played this post-season.
It may be impossible, however, to get over what happened Friday in Brooklyn.
In a pivotal Game 4, the Islanders had a great start. They grabbed an early lead on a pretty goal from Kyle Okposo as he finished off a nice passing play with the man advantage, and seemed intent on making Ben Bishop‘s night as difficult as possible.
After dominating the opening 20 minutes, New York couldn’t maintain the same standard. They outshot the Lightning 16-6 in the first period, but manufactured only 12 shots on goal the rest of the night.
That came back to burn them. And once again, it happened in OT.
The Lightning tied the game in the third period on a goal from Nikita Kucherov — his eighth of these playoffs. Less than two minutes into overtime, Jason Garrison won it for Tampa Bay on a blast from the point.
Lightning win 2-1. They now have a commanding 3-1 series lead, thanks to three straight wins including a sweep of this latest set in Brooklyn and keeping John Tavares off the score sheet in three straight games, and can eliminate the Islanders on home ice Sunday.