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Islanders escape with win after Lightning nearly score miracle goal

Ryan Pulock blocked a shot by Ryan McDonagh that would have been arguably the craziest goal ever.

Ryan Pulock #6 of the New York Islanders blocks a shot by Ryan McDonagh #27 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period in Game Four of the Stanley Cup Semifinals during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Coliseum on June 19, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. Photo by Rich Graessle/Getty Images

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.

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.