The Wraparound: Islanders look to force Game 7 vs. Lightning

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The Wraparound is your daily look at the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. We’ll break down Thursday’s NHL playoff schedule with the all-important television and live streaming information included.

Check out the NHL Bubble Wrap for details on the Islanders’ Game 5 double OT win.

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THURSDAY’S NHL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Game 6: Islanders vs. Lightning (TB leads 3-2) – 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN (livestream): Jordan Eberle scored in double overtime and Semyon Varlamov made 36 saves to help the Islanders stave off elimination and force a Game 6 in the Eastern Conference Final. Tampa has now lost five straight games with an opportunity to advance to the Stanley Cup Final dating back to 2016.

Brayden Point was not in the lineup in Game 5 and was ruled unfit to play for the second game this series. Point had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win in Game 4, but played just one shift in the final 10 minutes of the game after being hit by Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech in the third period.

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Barry Trotz decided to shake things up and dress seven defensemen and 11 forwards for Game 5. The Isles inserted defenseman Johnny Boychuk back into the lineup for the first time since Game 1 of the Qualifying Round against Florida. Tuesday marked the first time this postseason that Trotz opted to go with the 7/11 lineup.

New York went 13 straight power play opportunities this series without scoring but finally broke through on Tuesday for the first time since Game 1. Ryan Pulock’s goal in the first period gave the Isles the early lead and ended their slump on the man-advantage. The Isles are now 2/17 on the power play in this series.

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