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Hockey Daily Dose

Dose: Lightning Strike Back

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

We had a pair of Game 2s on Saturday and in both cases, the series was evened.  The common thread between the Lightning-Islanders and Penguins-Capitals series is that they feature fairly evenly matched teams and neither series would look out of place going to a Game 7.

 

Today we'll round out the Game 2s with a pair of Western Conference contests.  Dallas will seek to take a 2-0 lead against St. Louis, with that match starting at 3:00 p.m. ET.  San Jose will then face Nashville at 8:00 p.m. ET.  The Sharks have taken a 1-0 series lead and thus have an opportunity to extend it at home.

 

LIGHTNING 4 ISLANDERS 1 (Series tied 1-1)

 

The Islanders outshot Tampa Bay 12-5 in the first period, but the Lightning held a 26-8 edge for the rest of the contest.

 

Islanders netminder Thomas Greiss stopped 27 of 30 shots, making this the second game in a row he has allowed three goals.  He now has a 2.06 GAA and .937 save percentage in eight playoff starts.

 

Tyler Johnson was the star yesterday with two goals and an assist.  He has four goals and 10 points in seven postseason games.

 

Jonathan Drouin netted his first career playoff goal and added an assist.  He has seven points in seven games during the Lightning's playoff run.

 

Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman also had a goal and an assist.  He's up to four points in seven playoff games.

 

On the Islanders' side, Nikolay Kulemin accounted for their lone goal in this game.  During the regular season he had nine goals and 22 points in 81 contests.

 

Ondrej Palat registered an assist for Tampa Bay.  He has three points in seven games this year after finishing the 2015 playoffs with eight goals and 16 points in 26 contests.

 

Ben Bishop got the win by saving 19 of 20 shots.  He now has a 2.02 GAA and .933 save percentage in seven games.

 

PENGUINS 2 CAPITALS 1 (Series tied 1-1)

 

Eric Fehr scored the game-winning goal last night with just 4:28 minutes remaining in regulation time.  The 30-year-old forward is playing in his first season with Pittsburgh after spending his entire NHL career to that point with the Washington Capitals.

 

Matt Murray saved 23 of 24 shots to improve to 4-1 in the playoffs.  The rookie netminder has a 1.74 GAA and .939 save percentage.

 

At the other end of the ice, Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby turned aside 33 of 35 shots.  He has a 1.24 GAA and .957 save percentage in eight postseason games.

 

Marcus Johansson netted the Capitals' lone goal Saturday night.  He has two goals and seven points in eight playoff contests.

 

Carl Hagelin extended his point streak to three games with a goal.  He has four points over the course of that hot streak.

 

Evgeny Kuznetsov registered an assist, giving him two points in eight playoff games.  During the regular season the 23-year-old forward had 20 goals and 77 points in 82 contests.

Ryan Dadoun
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