Lightning defeat Islanders in OT


Emma Kuschmeider

The Lightning defeated the Islanders in double overtime to send them to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 2015. The winning goal was scored by Anthony Cirelli.

Emma Kuschmeider, Staffer

Last night, the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Islanders in overtime in game six of the Eastern Conference Final in Edmonton, Canada. The Lightning are moving on to the Stanley Cup Finals against the Dallas Stars, who defeated the LA Kings in the Western Conference Final.  

Anthony Cirelli scored at 13:18 of overtime with a final win of 2-1 against the Islanders. Cirelli shot off the left post and crossed the goal line after hitting the back of Semyon Varlamov’s pad.  

Devon Toews made the first goal at 4:15 into the first period. Following, Victor Hedman made a wrist shot goal at 6:28 into the first.  

With no goals in the second or third period, the teams were headed for overtime. The Tampa Bay Lightning ended the game with 48 shots on the goal while the Islanders had 27.  

Goalie, Andrei Vasilevskiy, made about 26 saves and the Lightnings’ defense stayed strong 

The last time the Lightning won the Stanley Cup was in 2004 against the Calgary Flames and in 2015 they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals 

The Tampa Bay Lightning were awarded the Prince of Wales Trophy after winning the Eastern Conference Final.  

The first game against the Dallas Stars in the Stanley Cup Finals, will be held at Edmonton on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. on NBC, CBC, SN, and TVAS.