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Lightning beat Islanders on Kucherov goal with nine seconds remaining

Nikita Kucherov wins it with just seconds remaining to give the Bolts a 2-0 lead in the NHL Playoffs.

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov and New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy chase the puck during the first period in game two of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place. Gerry Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

In Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals with the New York Islanders, the Tampa Bay Lightning were outshot, outplayed, and down two of their best forwards in Alex Killorn (match penalty) and Brayden Point (injury) heading into overtime.

But that’s not a problem when you don’t go to overtime. Cue Nikita Kucherov.

The Lightning now lead the series with the New York Islanders 2-0, and are just two games from the Stanley Cup Final.

For the Bolts it was tough sledding all night, and a game that became much tougher battle than their 8-2 win in Game 1. The Isles put more shots on goal (28-21), won more faceoffs (56%-44%), and out hit (53-44) their favored opponent. But the attacking players of the Lightning, even without two of their best forwards or their captain Steven Stamkos, are likely the deepest three or four lines in the NHL.

And it was enough to get to Game 3 with a 2-0 lead.