Latest Barry Trotz News

Vasilevskiy shines again, Lightning blank Islanders 1-0

Jun. 26, 2021 00:25 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Thanks to Andrei Vasilevskiy and another stellar defensive performance, the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning are headed back to the Stanley Cup Final. “It's becoming a broken record, but it's not how many you put in the net, it's how many you...

Confident Lightning, Islanders ready for Game 7 challenge

Jun. 24, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning haven’t lost consecutive postseason games in over two years and haven’t faced a winner-take-all challenge since 2018. That may speak to how difficult they’ve been to beat in the playoffs lately. Neither streak will mean...

Islanders' Lamoriello wins GM of the year award again

Jun. 22, 2021 23:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lou Lamoriello of the New York Islanders has won the Jim Gregory general manager of the year award for the second straight year. The league announced Tuesday night that Lamoriello finished ahead of fellow finalists Marc Bergevin of the Montreal Canadiens...

Islanders aim to forget blowout, set for Lightning in Game 6

Jun. 22, 2021 20:51 PM EDT

The New York Islanders don’t plan to spend too much time thinking about their blowout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning that’s put them on the verge of being ousted from the Stanley Cup semifinals. The 8-0 loss on Monday night has the Islanders in a 3-2 series hole...

Stamkos, Vasilevskiy pace Lightning's 8-0 rout of Islanders

Jun. 22, 2021 00:27 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — There was no panic in the Tampa Bay Lightning — just another determined performance against the New York Islanders. Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist and Andrei Vasilevskiy notched his fourth career playoff shutout, helping the defending...

Resilient Lightning expect to bounce back against Islanders

Jun. 20, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — No team has been more resilient in the NHL playoffs than the Tampa Bay Lightning. The reigning Stanley Cup champions are 12-0 in games following a postseason loss since the start of their title run last year. That ability to bounce back is about to be...

Tensions rise quickly in semifinals between unfamiliar foes

Jun. 19, 2021 03:36 AM EDT

When a heated scrum broke out between Islanders and Lightning players at the final horn of Game 2 and New York's Travis Zajac wrestled Tampa Bay's Anthony Cirelli to the ice, it did not feel like these teams didn't face off all season. “I think we are familiar with them...

Islanders in familiar series hole, down 2-1 vs. Lightning

Jun. 18, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

The New York Islanders are facing a familiar scenario, trailing 2-1 in a series after a narrow loss in Game 3 at home. The first two times in this postseason they bounced back with three straight wins to advance past Pittsburgh and Boston. That gives the Islanders some...

Some injuries more obvious than others in NHL playoffs

Jun. 18, 2021 02:54 AM EDT

Jeff Petry's bloodshot eyes scared his three young sons until they pretended he was the villain and they were the superheroes. Then they were OK playing with dad. Petry returned to the ice for the Montreal Canadiens in a Game 2 win in Las Vegas despite broken blood...

Point scores again, Lightning beat Islanders 2-1 in Game 3

Jun. 18, 2021 00:20 AM EDT

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — After keeping up his scoring touch to help Tampa Bay get a big road victory its Stanley Cup semifinal series, Brayden Point was especially proud of the Lightning's defensive effort. Point got the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, Andrei...