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.
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.