The New York Islanders evened their Stanley Cup semifinal series with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night after escaping a near miracle. The Islanders led 3-2 in the closing seconds when defenseman Ryan McDonagh approached the net with the puck. He spun around and fired off a shot that Ryan Pulock blocked in the final second. It has to be seen to be believed.
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The two squads were scoreless in the first period and then New York jumped all over Tampa Bay in the second period. The Islanders scored three goals in the frame, with Josh Bailey (5:30), Matthew Barzal (13:46), and Matt Martin (17:57) all getting shots past Andrei Vasilevskiy. Brayden Point and Tyler Johnson scored for the Lightning in the first half of the third period, but they could not get the equalizer.
The series is now tied 2-2 and heads back to Florida for Game 5 on Monday.