NBCSN’s coverage of the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs continues with Tuesday’s Game 2 between the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning. Islanders-Lightning stream coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. You can watch the game online and on the NBC Sports app by clicking here.
After losing Game 1 of last year’s Eastern Conference Final 8-2, the Islanders flipped the script this time around. New York got on the scoreboard first, as star Mathew Barzal continued his torrid pace with a goal in the middle of the second. The game remained 1-0 in favor of the Islanders until early in the third, when Ryan Pulock got a slap shot past Andrei Vasilevskiy, doubling New York’s lead. Brayden Point scored on the power-play with under a minute remaining, but the Islanders held on to take Game 1.
The Game 1 loss means the Lightning are trailing in a series for the first time this postseason. The Lightning are 3-3 at home in the playoffs, and 5-1 on the road. They did not lose two straight home games at all during the regular season, and have not lost two straight games at any point this postseason.
Semyon Varlamov and his teammate Ilya Sorokin have now both won four straight games during this postseason. Sorokin won Games 1, 4, 5, and 6 against Pittsburgh in the First Round. It’s just the third time in NHL history that a team has had two goalies win at least four starts in a row in the same playoff year (Eddie Johnston and Gerry Cheevers with Boston in 1972; Phil Myre and Pete Peeters with Philadelphia in 1980).
WHAT: New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning
WHERE: AMALIE Arena
WHEN: Tuesday, June 15, 8 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN / Peacock
ON THE CALL: Kenny Albert, Eddie Olczyk, Brian Boucher
LIVE STREAM: You can watch the Islanders-Lightning stream on NBC Sports’ live stream page and the NBC Sports app.
ISLANDERS VS. LIGHTNING (NYI leads 1-0) – series livestream link
Game 1: Islanders 2, Lightning 1
Game 2: Tues. June 15: Islanders at Lightning, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN / Peacock)
Game 3: Thurs. June 17: Lightning at Islanders, 8 p.m. ET (USA Network / Peacock)
Game 4: Sat. June 19: Lightning at Islanders, 8 p.m. ET (USA Network / Peacock)
*Game 5: Mon. June 21: Islanders at Lightning, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN / Peacock)
*Game 6: Wed. June 23: Lightning at Islanders, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN / Peacock)
*Game 7: Fri. June 25: Islanders at Lightning, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN / Peacock)
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