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Russian goalies highlight Lightning-Islanders series

Jun. 16, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Semyon Varlamov is the wily veteran, coming off a season in which he set career bests in goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts for the New York Islanders. Andrei Vasilevskiy is the league's wins leader over the past four years for the Tampa...

NHL semifinals full of 'hunger' for first Stanley Cup title

Jun. 16, 2021 02:04 AM EDT

When the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup last year, it was the first time most of their players and coaches had ever lifted the trophy. Now that they have savored the taste of winning, they want to help trade deadline pickup David Savard do the same in his 10th...

Kucherov shines, Lightning beat Islanders 4-2 in Game 2

Jun. 16, 2021 00:32 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning are running out of superlatives to describe the playmaking ability of NHL playoff scoring leader Nikita Kucherov. “He’s remarkably gifted ... does everything with grace,” coach Jon Cooper said Tuesday night after one of...

Lightning benefit from exploiting cap loophole with Kucherov

Jun. 15, 2021 23:25 PM EDT

Nikita Kucherov would have much rather gutted out the season with his Tampa Bay Lightning teammates than sit out all 56 games while recovering from hip surgery. "Missing a whole year, you ask any player, you don’t want to be that guy," Kucherov said. ...

On Point: Center fuels Lightning bid to Cup title repeat bid

Jun. 14, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Brayden Point isn’t the biggest name among stars in the NHL playoffs, though it is difficult to imagine the Tampa Bay Lightning being where they are without him shining so bright. No one has scored more goals over the past four postseasons, and the...

Familiarity and respect among coaches left in NHL playoffs

Jun. 14, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

When Barry Trotz's Washington Capitals knocked out Jon Cooper's Tampa Bay Lightning on the way to the Stanley Cup in 2018, the two coaches talked that summer about how it all went down. A similar conversation happened last fall after Cooper and the Lightning went through...

Semyon Varlamov, Islanders beat Lightning 2-1 in Game 1

Jun. 13, 2021 21:07 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Semyon Varlamov and the New York Islanders are on a roll. The veteran goaltender made 30 saves to outplay Andrei Vasilevskiy, and the Islanders got goals from Mathew Barzal and Ryan Pulock to hold off defending champion Tampa Bay 2-1 in Game 1 of the...

Lightning, Islanders envision tight Stanley Cup semifinal

Jun. 12, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Experience is an invaluable ally in the Stanley Cup playoffs. There’s little the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning haven’t encountered during deep postseason runs five of the past seven years. The New York Islanders haven’t achieved as much...

Islanders-Lightning, Knights-Canadiens in uncertain final 4

Jun. 12, 2021 02:37 AM EDT

If the teams left in the NHL playoffs are sick and tired of facing the same opponents over and over, they are in luck in the semifinals. After exclusively divisional play this season and through the first two rounds, the hockey playoffs are down to a final four of teams...

Road-ice advantage? Fans are back, visitors quieting them

Jun. 10, 2021 16:09 PM EDT

Fans gave the Carolina Hurricanes a standing ovation after their team bowed out of the second round of the playoffs in five games to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The crowd of 16,000-plus did not get much to cheer about on the ice before the final horn sounded because the...