Lightning shut out Islanders to win series

Sun May 8, 2016 9:48pm EDT
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - Ben Bishop continues to save his best for the biggest games and on Sunday the Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender's best ended the New York Islanders' season.

Bishop had 28 saves and recorded his fifth career shutout in the Stanley Cup playoffs as the Lightning earned a 4-0 win against the Islanders in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference second round series on Sunday.

The Lightning won the best-of-seven series 4-1 and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals to face the winner of the series between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.

"I think we learned last year we had a couple series where we had chances to close them out at home and we kind of let them slip," Bishop said. "We really wanted to take pride in closing teams out this year."

Defenseman Victor Hedman scored twice while Nikita Kucherov had his ninth goal of the postseason as the Lightning advance to the conference finals for the second consecutive year.

"This is a great accomplishment for this team," Hedman said. "I don't think too many people picked us to get this far, especially considering the injuries."

Hedman gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead at 13:49 of the first period when he took control of a loose puck and beat Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss at the near post.

Lightning center Brian Boyle scored his third goal of the postseason at 18:41 in the first period to make the score 2-0.

Defenseman Matt Carle went behind the net and passed the puck to Boyle, who snapped a shot past Greiss above his shoulder.   Continued...

 
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) passes the puck against the New York Islanders during the third period in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena.  Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports